Under the new president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the EU is heading towards climate neutrality. As outlined in the Long-Term Strategy and von der Leyen’s Green Deal, the EU should become the first block of developed countries to aspire to net zero emissions by 2050 – a goal, according to scientists, the world should embrace if we are to prevent warming beyond 1,5°C. While achieving net zero emissions will require commitment, investment and political will, it also presents the EU with opportunities. How can we ensure that all member states will support this vision and the EU will start moving swiftly towards its climate goal? What should the roadmap of the EU’s decarbonization look like? How will the COVID-19 pandemic impact the EU’s climate ambition, and can the Green Deal serve as a basis for sustainable economic recovery?
- Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President, European Investment Bank
- Dušan Chrenek, Principal Advisor, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission
- Vessela Tcherneva, Deputy Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, Head of Sofia Office
- Pavel Zámyslický, Director, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic
Moderator: Ivan Hodáč, Founder and President, Aspen Institute Central Europe
Profiles: Vessela Tcherneva, Ivan Hodáč, , Pavel Zámyslický, Dušan Chrenek, Ambroise Fayolle