The European Green Deal is a programme outlined in the political guidelines of the incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. It aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, while boosting the competitiveness of European industry and ensuring a just transition for the regions and workers affected. Preserving Europe’s natural environment and biodiversity, a ‘farm to fork’ strategy for sustainable food, and a new circular economy action plan are other key elements. Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will be in charge of leading and coordinating the work on the European Green Deal. A Commission communication on the matter is expected on 11 December, ahead of the next European Council meeting, starting the following day.
A robust European solar industry will deliver more than the energy transition: it can provide at least 500,000 highly skilled jobs for Europe by 2030 and increase value added.
With at least 80% growth expected in 2019, and over 20 GW of annual additional installations from 2020 onwards, now is the right time to support the growth of the European solar industry and provide EU solar companies with the means to compete at a global level.
As the world relies more on renewable energy to limit climate change, an EU-funded project has produced insights into how nanotechnology could support cleaner power and promoted university-business links for targeted future innovation in this field.
The Concerted Action of the Energy Efficiency Directive (CA EED) published its mid-term impact report, which showcases its activities and most recent successes.
The impact report covers the period from 2017 to 2019 and gives an insight into the various activities of the CA EED.
A summary of the policy debate ‘Digital transport services for people: The next steps for sustainable European solutions’ is now available.
This event aims to collect key messages, not only for new policy agendas, but also for a highly ambitious research and innovation agenda centering around integrated approaches for planning and implementation, which will be transferred to national policy makers and the Mission Board on Smart and Climate-neutral Cities and other relevant Mission Boards.
The EBRD has successfully participated in the debut Eurobond issuance by the Greek industrial group Mytilineos SA with an investment of €45 million, equal to 9 per cent of the total €500 million offering. The company is the only Greek corporate that has started issuing Eurobonds for the first time in the past five years.