Towards carbon neutrality – one year in
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December 2020 marks the first anniversary of European Commission President Von der Leyen's announcement of the European Green Deal – with the centrepiece ambition to make Europe a carbon-neutral continent by 2050.
The initial climate action initiatives include the European Climate Law to enshrine the 2050 climate-neutrality objective into EU law, the European Climate Pact to engage citizens and all parts of society in climate action, and the 2030 Climate Target Plan to further reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.
In early 2021, the Commission will adopt a new, more ambitious EU strategy on adaptation to climate change.
Businesses and consumers will be central actors in achieving the EU ambition, and the way we produce and consume our food and drink will be at the heart of fighting climate change and achieving the transition to a climate-neutral society.
Join this EURACTIV virtual conference to discuss the European Commission’s progress on its climate neutral strategy. Questions to be discussed include:
-How can businesses and citizens contribute to climate-proofing?
-How can the next generation grow, manufacture and consume its food and drink in the most sustainable way?
-How important is resilience building, prevention and preparedness, and how can these best be achieved?
-Can the climate targets result in a net gain for EU jobs?
Christian Holzleitner, Head of Unit, Land Use and Finance for Innovation, DG CLIMA, European Commission
Martin Hojsik, MEP, Member of ENVI Committee, European Parliament
Wendel Trio, Director, Climate Action Network Europe
Eve Tamme, Senior Advisor - International Climate Change Policy, the Global CCS Institute
Thomas Lingard, Global Climate Director, Unilever
Dave Keating, Journalist, EURACTIV
09:30 - 9:35 Introduction and house rules
09:35 - 9:50 Opening statements
09:50 - 10:40 Moderated discussion & Q&A
10:40 - 10:45 Closing statements
As the European Commission fleshes out its Green Deal policy unveiled by Ursula von der Leyen one year ago, companies are looking at how they fit into the picture.