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Leading the green transition

Europe’s roadmap to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050

The first climate-neutral continent
by 2050
At least 55% less
greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 levels
Net-zero
greenhouse gas emissions - or climate-neutral - by 2050

The European Green Deal

The European Green Deal is the most comprehensive transformation plan in the world and thanks to the Climate Law, the European Union cast its 2050 ambition into binding EU law. With the fit for 55 package, presented by the Commission in summer 2021, we have outlined the concrete steps to achieve our ambition and with NextGenerationEU we have the investment. Now is the time to accelerate implementation, through the following instruments as shown in the visual and text below:

Visual overview of green transition

Fit for 55 package, including emissions trading, regulations and targets | Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism | Uptake of alternative fuels and infrastructure in transport | EU taxonomy for sustainable activities | Renovation wave | Forest strategy | Farm-to-fork strategy | Zero-pollution | Sustainable and smart mobility strategy | Circular economy package | Biodiversity strategy

Sustainable products on the EU market

2021
has seen
10% lower
annual energy consumption for consumer products, like household appliances
€120 billion saved
by EU consumers

Nature restoration

In June 2022, the Commission presented two new laws to bring nature back across the EU. The proposed nature restoration law is a key step in preventing the worst impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss by focusing on restoring EU wetlands, rivers, forests, grasslands, marine ecosystems and urban environments, and the species they host.

In parallel, newly proposed rules on chemical pesticides will reduce pesticide use, reduce the environmental footprint of the EU’s food system, protect the health and well-being of citizens and agricultural workers and help mitigate economic losses caused by declining soil health and pesticide-induced pollinator loss.

By 2050
all ecosystems in need of restoration are to be targeted
50%
pesticide use reduction by 2030
At least 30%
of land and sea areas respectively to be legally protected by 2030

New European Bauhaus

The need for bottom-up, co-creative solutions to climate change is why President von der Leyen launched the New European Bauhaus in 2020. This is a movement to make the green transition a sustainable and inclusive experience for citizens in their everyday lives. It shows that the European Green Deal is about more than finding inspiring effective solutions to climate change; it is about improving people’s lives in the way we design and build our homes, towns and cities.

To provide a public space for the growing community, the Commission launched the New European Bauhaus Lab in spring 2022 and the Festival of the New European Bauhaus in the summer. The lab supports the community in testing the tools, solutions and policy measures that will facilitate the transformation on the ground.

New European Bauhaus Prizes
in 2022
18
winners
4
different categories*

*Reconnecting with nature | Regaining a sense of belonging | Prioritising the places and people that need it the most | Shaping a circular industrial ecosystem and supporting life-cycle thinking

Leading the way on the global stage

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021, the European Union pushed for significant progress on the implementation of the Paris Agreement, ensuring that the global ambition of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C remains within reach. As a highly innovative and industrialised region, the EU’s leadership is inspiring others around it to follow.

€1 billion pledged at COP26

by the European Commission to protect the world’s forests

Over 100 countries joined the Global Methane Pledge

an initiative launched at COP26 by the EU along with the United States and partners

Also in June, at the World Trade Organization’s 12th Ministerial Conference, the EU helped secure a landmark agreement to tackle harmful fishing subsidies worldwide. The agreement will ban subsidies for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and overfished stocks. To enforce this­, we unveiled our new International Ocean Governance agenda.

Disclaimer: The data on this page was last updated on 31 August 2022

Progress in other areas

Achievements

of the von der Leyen Commission