The European Union has consistently aimed to improve the wellbeing of citizens, through peace, the single market and protection of rights and the environment.
Faced with a rapidly changing climate, the incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen decided to lead the political guidelines for the new European Commission with the aim of a climate neutral continent by 2050.
The incoming President sets this against the background of a Union that also aims to make the most of Europe’s potential, defend Europe’s values, be a responsible leader in the world, and push for greater European democracy.
Addressing climate change is integral to, but also unachievable without, this wider set of aims.
E3G is developing a portfolio of thematic briefings to support the action of the new Commission.
Action on climate must be integrated with action for the economy and society. It must be visible in how we drive innovation, develop finance and regulate markets and competition. It must be embedded in action on social wellbeing, particularly by working towards a just transition, and how we deliver climate protection to citizens. And it must be visible in EU diplomacy.
To make delivery of net zero happen, the EU needs:
- A vision of what success looks like and how we get there;
- A system of tracking or observing progress, reporting back and learning;
- A policy portfolio at EU and national/local level to deliver.
Below are links to the thematic briefings E3G has been developing for this important area of work.