[EVENT POSTPONED] The Global Climate Emergency: Can the European Green Deal deliver?
FOLLOWING THE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS OF COVID-19 AND THE CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE BELGIAN AUTHORITIES, THIS EURACTIV EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
The 15th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report was published in Davos in January. For the first time in the survey’s 10-year outlook, the top five global risks in terms of likelihood are all environmental: extreme weather events (e.g. floods, storms); failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation; major natural disasters (e.g. earthquake, tsunami, volcanic eruption, geomagnetic storms); major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse; human-made environmental damage and disasters.
Climate change is striking harder and more rapidly than many expected. The last five years are on track to be the warmest on record, natural disasters are becoming more intense and more frequent, and last year witnessed unprecedented extreme weather throughout the world.
The report is a timely reminder that the European Green Deal’s aim for Europe to be the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050, is increasingly important to deliver. This ambitious package of measures that should enable European citizens and businesses to benefit from a sustainable green transition, can only be achieved if policymakers and business leaders come together to urgently focus on the climate crisis.
Geopolitical turbulence can propel the world towards an “unsettled” unilateral status of great power rivalries that distract attention from the clear priority.
In 2020, will EU Member States agree on a much higher 2030 climate target at the European Council in June? Will reservations from Eastern EU countries, many of which are still heavily reliant on coal, delay efforts to decarbonise economies? In the absence of US leadership on international climate diplomacy, can Europe bring the world’s biggest emitter – China – along with it? These questions are likely to determine whether COP26 in Glasgow will end in success or failure.
EURACTIV invites you to this high-level Forum, to discuss whether the European Green Deal can really deliver on its objectives and address the risk highlighted in WEF’s annual report.