By launching the Green Deal in Brussels, we declare that we are ready to not only transform our economy but also to change our way of life.
It is obvious that in the European Union, we have the most ambitious legislation in the world but in terms of implementation, we are lagging behind. The question remains, Can we reach our ambitious goals of tackling climate change without leaving anyone behind?
In this regard, it is important to focus on three parameters that can affect the implementation of our new Green Deal:
1) The investments and level of funding from the multiannual financial framework, national budgets, and the European Investment Bank to help create a level playing field for investors and encourage the participation of the private sector.
2) This is just the transition. A coal miner cannot become an ICT expert or work at a university. We need realistic plans for the transition and we need them as soon as possible.
3) How we take people on board and consumer behaviour to establish a sustainable market of goods and services will be key.
Engaging Europe’s citizenry is essential for the success. That is why it is important to communicate the Green Deal as the main instrument to support investment, growth, and job creation for the next five years.
At COP25 in Madrid, President Ursula von der Leyen stated that we have to “make the transition to climate neutrality irreversible”.
In order to make it happen, not only do we have to join forces within the EU and speed up the implementation of our legislation in each and every member state, but we also have to share the responsibility amongst all global players.
We have to do our best and all the other global players must contribute to this effort accordingly. This is the only way to make our Green Deal a green success story for our generation, our kids, and our planet.