What can the US and the EU learn from each other to accelerate climate action?
The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, has set the way forward for all countries to act together in curbing climate change.
The EU is fighting climate change through ambitious policies at home and close cooperation with international partners.
Climate action is at the heart of the European Green Deal – an ambitious package of measures ranging from cutting greenhouse gas emissions, to investing in cutting-edge research and innovation. The EU plans to cut emissions by at least 55% by 2030. By 2050, Europe aims to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent. In April 2021, the Council's and the European Parliament's negotiators reached a provisional agreement setting into law these objectives.
President Biden has fulfilled his pledge to rejoin the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, he set a target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, a move that mirrors Europe’s own commitments. At the Leaders Summit on Climate 2021, the US announced an ambitious target as its new Nationally Determined Contribution - to cut emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030.
The US and the EU, the world’s second and third-largest emitters of greenhouse gases, respectively, are now committed to renewing their alliance in the effort to deal with the climate crisis. Their aim is not only to reduce their own emissions but, by cooperating with their global partners, particularly other major economies, to strengthen the world's climate ambitions.
Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss how the EU and US can cooperate, share ideas and technologies, and learn from each other to accelerate global climate action.
Jonathan Pershing, Climate and Foreign Policy Advisor, Office of the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change
Diederik Samsom, Head of Executive Vice-President Timmermans’ Cabinet, European Commission
Pascal Canfin, MEP, Chair of ENVI Committee, European Parliament
Jytte Guteland, MEP, Member of ENVI and Substitute of AFET and D-US, European Parliament
Jill Duggan, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund Europe
Jennifer Baker, Journalist, EURACTIV
14:00 – 14:05 Welcome & panellist statements
14:05 – 15:10 Discussion and Q&A
15:10 – 15:15 Closing statements
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