No industry support without a commitment to cleaner production
(EurActiv, 18 May 2020) While there is strong claimed support for a ‘green’ recovery from the European Commission, the European Parliament and key member states like Germany, the devil is in the detail, write Doreen Fedrigo and Camille Maury.
Doreen Fedrigo is Industrial Transformation Policy Coordinator at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe. Camille Maury is Policy Officer at the WWF’s European Policy Office.
The level of political importance given to an issue can be assessed according to what level of funding is allocated to it.
The EU is aiming to mobilise trillions of euros to help the economic recovery from COVID-19. These recovery trillions must ensure some of Europe’s most polluting sectors – the energy-intensive industries such as cement, chemicals and steel – move to sustainable, climate-neutral production.
While there is strong claimed support for such a ‘green’ recovery from the European Commission, European Parliament and key member states like Germany, the devil is in the detail. This will be revealed in the coming days or weeks when the Commission publishes its Recovery Plan.