The European Green Deal: target 2050?

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Climate, Energy & Sustainability
The European Green Deal: target 2050?


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Debate – The European Green Deal: target 2050?
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With COP 25 in Madrid failing to ramp up the international climate ambition and the new European Green Deal having to transform itself from an ideal vision into approximately 50 concrete actions in less than 100 days, the EU is at a pivotal moment. The need for strengthened EU leadership on climate will be essential as the Paris Agreement will officially enter into force in 2020. As the road to COP 26 in Glasgow becomes clearer, a critical window of opportunity is closing fast as our global carbon budget is exponentially shrinking. The new European Green Deal will have to bring all representatives and especially private sector stakeholders together to reach the targets set out for 2050.

  • Can the EU ramp up the necessary ambition and leadership amongst member states to achieve the new European Green Deal?
  • How can the EU become a global leader in climate action with the Green Deal and contribute to the success of COP26?
  • How can industry help the Green Deal to succeed and what is expected from them to achieve the targets set out for 2050?


Kurt Vandenberghe

Green Deal Adviser in the cabinet of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen


Dharmendra Kanani

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Spokesperson of Friends of Europe

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Kurt Vandenberghe
Kurt Vandenberghe

Green Deal Adviser in the cabinet of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

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Kurt is the ‘Green Deal’ Adviser in the cabinet of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Dedicating his career to climate policy and innovation, Kurt previously served as director of the Policy & Programming Centre as well as director for ‘Climate action and resource efficiency’ at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation. Kurt has long-standing experience as a vetted official, having served in the cabinets of Research Commissioners Philippe Busquin and Janez Potočnik. Before entering the European Commission, he also worked at Ernst & Young Association Management, where he set up, managed and represented international trade associations.


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