Key messages of Europe’s technology industries on the Commission long-term strategic vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy – “A Clean Planet for all”

Published: 6 March 2019

Policies & Issues: Energy & Climate

“Climate action offers a compelling path to transform our world for the better”: these were the opening words of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the opening ceremony of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Katowice (COP24). And the week before, G20 leaders confirmed in their Buenos Aires declaration that “a strong economy and a healthy planet are mutually reinforcing”. 

As COP24 convened and the G20 built consensus on fair and sustainable development, the EU sent a strong signal to the global community by tabling its long-term strategic vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy – “A Clean Planet for All” and by simultaneously signing off and concluding negotiations on all legislative files of the comprehensive Clean Energy Package. 

Orgalim – Europe’s Technology Industries – believes that the EU 2050 long-term strategy communication represents a strong basis for further dialogue on the way towards the EU becoming among the first to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, leading the way forward worldwide. This is in the interest of citizens, the planet and industry alike – and the time to act is now. 

In Orgalim’s vision for 2030 environmental, social and economic sustainability go hand in hand with renewed growth and competitiveness, creating more and better jobs and visibly demonstrating that the Union effectively serves its citizens’ needs. Our industries have provided and implemented solutions that, within the EU’s existing framework, contribute to the significant results already achieved. We will continue to do so in line with the EU’s 2030 energy and climate framework. Not only will the coming decade be critical for getting the world back on track, the implementation of the Paris Agreement through taking concrete actions needs to accelerate. Orgalim recommends prioritising action where it is most certain to deliver emissions reduction, where it is most beneficial and least costly. 

Download the position paper above to read our recommendations in full. 

Authors

Linher
Sigrid Linher
Director - Energy, Climate & Environment

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