Commissioner Sinkevičius and Bertrand Camus to speak at 'Environmental Innovation: A green solution for zero pollution'
24 March 2021
On 22 April, join Forum Europe and Suez for a timely discussion on the role of environmental innovation in the context of the EU’s ‘zero pollution' ambition, with confirmed speakers including Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner of Environment, Oceans and Fisheries and Bertrand Camus, CEO of Suez.
European Commission President von der Leyen’s biggest policy priority is the transition to a greener economy. She has described her European Green Deal proposal as Europe’s growth strategy. The Commission’s overarching climate ambition is to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050. To reach this goal, the European Commission is proposing a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (compared to 1990) by 2030.
The European Green Deal and the unprecedented efforts to ensure a sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic provide an opportunity for meaningful public action on water and air quality and other dimensions of environmental policy. If this “window of opportunity” is missed, air pollution will continue unabated to cause thousands of premature deaths and billions in economic damage, and it could negatively impact the quality and quantity of our water bodies. The European Commission has acknowledged this and will soon present its proposals for the way forward on air, water and soil.
A public consultation on the European Commission’s Zero Pollution Action Plan concluded earlier this year. The European Commission’s services are now analysing the feedback received from the various stakeholder groups to finalise the Action Plan by summer 2021.
This event will provide an opportunity to discuss:
- Which EU policy approach can unlock the potential of innovation and green technology
- What Europe’s green industrial champions require in order to make a substantial contribution to the Zero Pollution Action Plan
- How business, policymakers and civil society can work together to make ‘zero pollution’ a reality
For more information and to register visit environmentalinnovation.eu.
If you have any questions about the event, contact Kate Lymer at firstname.lastname@example.org.