Source: European Commission – Roadmap
What is the European Green Deal?
For those of you who are not yet familiar, the European Green Deal is the European Union’s new growth strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. It was presented in December 2019 as the new EU growth strategy combining economic, social and environmental growth. This Pact is the roadmap for a sustainable economy in the EU and aims to transform political ambition into legislation through a series of areas of action. These are:
- Biodiversity strategy: focused on creating protected areas and restoring degraded ecosystems through investment and leadership.
- “Farm to fork” strategy: focused on reducing chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030; of nutrient losses by 50% and fertilizers by 20%; 50% reduction in antimicrobial sales for farm animals and aquaculture by 2030; drive to achieve organic farming on 25% of all agricultural land. It is key to the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), whose future objectives will be closely linked to this strategy.
- European Climate Law: approved in October 2020, this law aims to achieve climate neutrality in 2050, increasing the emission reduction target from 40% to 60% in 2030.
- Industrial strategy: focused on an ecological transition, global competitiveness and digital transition.
- Just Transition Mechanisms: ensuring that no one is left behind.
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The new sustainability working group in the Ethical Trade Forums aims to channel areas of activity in accordance with the objectives of the European Green Deal and in particular with biodiversity and “farm to fork” strategies.