The world has entered a make-or-break decade, and climate change is now a ‘code red’ global emergency. Countries are in the final run to meet the 2030 SDGs and limit global warming to 1.5°C, and the EU is doubling down to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% this decade.
Friends of Europe highlights the importance of a whole-of-economy, whole-of-society approach to make the transition to a carbon-neutral economy by mid-century fair and inclusive. We believe that the transition to a sustainable society necessitates both system change and individual actions. We also believe that the EU should enable citizens to benefit from the opportunities and mitigate the potential social impacts. Our Climate, Energy & Sustainability programme helps visualise the required shifts in energy production and use, food systems and transport. We champion innovation, the role of technology in speeding up the transition, and the smart use of resources on the road to a decarbonised society.
In 2022, we will take a close look at what climate action means for a renewed social contract. Building a net-zero society will require action from every stakeholder, and building trust between the different stakeholders will be of the essence. It is our aim to find new ways to ensure that the voice of citizens is taken into account in the wider climate conversation, and that citizens see that local actions matter within the big picture.
Friends of Europe will also focus on the necessary innovation efforts and investments for a climate-neutral Europe: what can be done to channel money towards the uptake of clean technologies? How can companies operate transparently and uphold a legislative framework that supports ambitious climate action? And how are investments in member states’ recovery plans shaping up? By fostering meaningful interaction between civil society, industry and government, we will help the EU advance towards its 2030 and 2050 climate targets.