Public event

How future-proof is the European Green Deal really?

In 2019, the European Commission launched the “European Green Deal”, a comprehensive policy package aimed at achieving “no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050”. The Green Deal openly advocates for green growth: “Europe’s new growth strategy” claims that it will be possible to decouple “economic growth […] from resource use”. Of course, this is not without criticism from green-growth sceptics. 

In part 5 of our event series on green growth and degrowth, we want to discuss how bold and future-proof Europe’s Green Deal really is:

  • Is the European Green Deal as ambitious as it claims and enough to keep the EU within the limits of the Paris climate agreement?
  • Or does it perpetuate ideas responsible for climate change in the first place? 

To discuss these questions, we are delighted to welcome a stellar panel:

  • Prof. Claudia Kemfert is the Head of Energy, Transportation, and Environment department, DIW Berlin and a Professor for Energy Economics and Energy Policy at the Leuphana University Lüneburg.
  • Ulrike Herrmann is economics editor at the taz daily newspaper in Berlin. 
  • Antoine Colombani works for the European Commission, where he is member of the cabinet of Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans

Elizabeth Dirth, senior consultant at the ZOE Institute for future-fit economies, will moderate the event. 

This panel discussion is organised by the student-led d\carb – Future Economy Forum and hosted by the Centre for Sustainability.