After 20 years of negotiations, 195 countries signed the Paris Agreement to limit global warming well below 2°C above pre-industrial level by the end of the century. The focus now moves to design and implementation, and success will depend on the support and contribution of all – including industries, member-states, regions, cities and citizens.
We look at the evolving role of innovation, regulation, competition, and the impact of consumption and production in various sectors including mobility, buildings, agriculture, industry and finance among others. Achieving a just transition and a net zero carbon emissions economy by 2050 will require relevant stakeholders to upscale their activities and increase global climate ambition. Friends of Europe role will be to stimulate and provoke these discussions to debate how to improve policy thinking and take preventative action.
We support knowledge and innovation, businesses, entrepreneurs, forward-looking policies and local actors and activists in acting transparently and collectively to develop cost effective measures addressing the joint challenge of climate change and sustainable economic development. We aim at bringing together fresh ideas on viable climate and energy subjects to lead the transition and demonstrate Europe can lead by example in areas as diverse as nature based solutions, the future of food, sustainable consumption, reducing waste and recycling.
Friends of Europe’s focus in this debate is to engage cross-sector stakeholders on a sustainable energy transition, its cost and financing. In doing so, we will explore how to accelerate its momentum through experimentation and innovation. Taking a whole economy, whole society approach to decarbonisation underpins our overall approach in this area of expertise.