European Commission publishes European Green Deal

08 Jan 2020

The European Commission published the European Green Deal, which is its flagship initiative to tackle climate change and environmental challenges. It is a roadmap to make EU's economy sustainable and addressing climate and environmental challenges, suggesting actions to boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy and stop climate change, revert biodiversity loss and reduce pollution. It outlines investments needed and financing tools available, and explains how to ensure a just and inclusive transition.

The European Green Deal covers all sectors of the economy, notably transport, energy, agriculture, buildings, and industries such as steel, cement, ICT, textiles and chemicals. In the following months, the Commission will present the first European Climate Law, a political ambition aiming to set Europe as the world's first climate neutral continent by 2050.

The specific impact and relevance of the Green Deal for the recreational boating industry will become clearer in the coming months, however can be identified as relevant: 

  • New EU strategy on adaptation to climate change, such as climate-proofing, building resilience and preparedness
  • Increasing uptake of the circular economy across sectors through circular design and increased use of recycled materials
  • Commercial application of new clean technologies, such as hydrogen, fuel cells and other alternative fuels
  • Promotion of inland waterways as means of transport
  • Increased engagement with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on climate change and environmental protection
  • Increasing coverage of sea areas by Natura 2000 network and support for more connected and well-managed marine protected areas (MPAs)
  • Support for a sustainable blue economy
  • Zero-pollution approach across all policy areasNew chemicals strategy aiming at sustainability, with protection against hazardous chemicals and promotion of alternatives
  • Financing through Sustainable European Investment Plan for additional funding need