Shortly after her appointment, the European Commission, through its President Ursula von der Leyen, and Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, presented a startling plan (the European Green Deal) to reach the required climate targets by 2050.

The plan contains dozens of measures that will affect all sectors of the economy and all citizens and offers many opportunities.

The intended Green Deal plans fit in seamlessly with the objectives that the Energy Commons Institute strives for. The European Commission is showing leadership that is highly desirable. We will regularly inform the reader of this website about the latest developments.

According to the European Commission:

The European Green Deal is about improving the well-being of people. Making Europe climate-neutral and protecting our natural habitat will be good for people, planet and economy. No one will be left behind.

The EU will be climate neutral in 2050. The Commission will propose a European Climate Law turning the political commitment into a legal obligation and a trigger for investment. Reaching this target will require action by all sectors of our economy:

  • Decarbonise the energy sector;
  • Renovate buildings, to help people cut their energy bills and energy use;
  • Support industry to innovate and to become global leaders in the green economy;
  • Roll out cleaner, cheaper and healthier forms of private and public transport.