Both the European Union and Japan have witnessed extreme weather events in recent years. Science is clear that the measures and targets currently in place are not enough, and the need to change course has never been so urgent. The task of this generation is to embrace the commitment to tackling climate and environment-related challenges while maintaining sustained economic growth, and to mobilise the resources to make the transition to a sustainable economy possible.
The European Green Deal proposed by European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen is a response to these challenges. It is a new growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050, where economic growth is decoupled from resource use, where natural capital is protected and enhanced and where the health and well-being of citizens is shielded from environment-related risks and impacts. The Green Deal requires a transition across all sectors of society, for which significant upfront investments will put Europe on a new path of sustainable and inclusive growth. But just as climate change and biodiversity loss are global issues, the ambitions of the Green Deal are not limited by national borders. The EU calls on all countries to join this transformation, and will continue building alliances with like-minded partners such as Japan.
Please find more details in the links below.
- What is the European Green Deal? (PDF)