The European Green Deal

Constanze Fetting

Publication: Book/Editorship/ReportResearch report, expert opinion


A year after the presentation of the European Green Deal (EGD) by the European Commission, the urgency of acting on the climate crisis has not decreased. While the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic may have dominated the news since March 2020, the year 2020 is likely to be one of the three hottest years on record. While the economic shutdowns around the world may have contributed to a record reduction of 7% in carbon emissions, this is likely to be only temporary as economies around the world recover. This underlines the need for systemic long-term changes of the economic system.

The EGD is the Flagship Initiative of the current European Commission and was presented by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on 11 December 2019. It comprises a number of initiatives, strategies and legislative acts that, together, are intended to enable a just, sustainable and inclusive transformation of European society and economy.

While Europe is still facing notable challenges regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important that the climate crisis and other ecological crises not be pushed to the side. In fact, it can be argued that the recovery from the Covid-19 crisis presents an opportunity to accelerate a sustainable transformation. In line with this, the European Union’s recovery programme, “Next Generation EU”, adopted in July 2020, reinforces many of the initiatives proposed in the EGD.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVienna
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 201128 Sustainable building

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