Over a thousand participants from Israel and Europe took part in the first ever Climate Policy Forum: Innovation and Green Technologies for the European Green Deal, arranged by the European Union in Israel on Thursday 25 June 2020. The conference, which took place as a blended physical and digital event, included debates, speeches and workshops aimed at laying groundwork for EU-Israeli cooperation for climate action.
The European Green Deal and the digital transformation agenda are growth models for a more sustainable, inclusive, resilient and reinvigorated European economy. The European Green Deal commits to no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, while decoupling economic growth from resource use by promoting the transition to a circular economy and fighting biodiversity loss. Together with the EU Governments, the European Commission has, in the post COVID recovery, strongly reconfirmed its commitment to a “green, digital and resilient” recovery.
The event, organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the State of Israel, in partnership with the Israel Innovation Authority, ISERD and the Peres Centre for Peace and Innovation, saw high level EU speakers (including Mariya Gariel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth; Diederik Samsom Head of Cabinet of Executive VP Timmermans, and Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission), Israeli government ministers Gila Gamliel (Minister of Environmental Protection) and Yizhar Shay (Minister of Science and Technology) as well as several members of the international business community (including Unilever's CEO Hanneke Faber).
The event included a discussion of current EU and Israel climate policy developments, and scope for increasing climate diplomacy, and presented technologies for sustainable agriculture, mobility, and energy transition. Israeli and European Start-Ups had a chance to pitch their businesses in a Start-Up Pavilion and explore opportunities for climate innovation investment, including blended funding.
Emanuele Giaufret, EU Ambassador to Israel, commented during the event: “The post-COVID economic recovery and the transition to a sustainable, socially just, resilient and climate-neutral economy can and should go hand-in-hand. The EU is working with partners around the world to promote environmentally sustainable economic activities and investment. It would be a natural step for Israel to participate in the EU’s Green Deal with its exceptional innovation and technology industry, which has also been product of decades of EU-Israel cooperation under R&D programme. This connection should be a priority for us all.”
EU Delegation to Israel:
Sharon Offenberger +972544282213 email@example.com
Photos: European Union, 2020/ Studio-Thomas