The European Green Deal—overview and developments

The European Green Deal—overview and developments

We have published a new Practice Note on the European Green Deal, see: The European Green Deal—tracker

This new Practice Note provides an overview of the European Commission’s Green Deal programme, being its ‘roadmap for making the EU’s economy sustainable’, central to which is the EU’s commitment to becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The European Green Deal therefore sets out policy measures designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across sectors, as well as measures aimed at tackling biodiversity loss, deforestation, and land, air and sea pollution. Through the European Green Deal, the Commission also lays out its plan for financing Europe’s green transition, establishing itself as a global leader in climate action, and engaging citizens and communities to participate in the Green Deal’s implementation. 

This note also tracks key developments which have been made since the publication of the European Green Deal communication, in achievement of its aims. It is divided into the following sections: 

  • Introduction to the European Green Deal
  • Background to the European Green Deal
  • ‘Transformative’ policy measures announced in the European Green Deal
  • Mainstreaming sustainability in all EU policies
  • The EU as a global climate action leader
  • The European Climate Pact

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Katrina is a paralegal in the LexisPSL Energy and Environment teams. She recently graduated with a law degree from Durham University, where she was a student member of the Durham Energy Institute and the UK Environmental Law Association. As part of her course Katrina also completed a dissertation entitled ‘Shareholder Primacy over Planetary Security: how the Companies Act 2006 fails to bring about corporate action in the face of climate change’, which has since been published in the Durham Law Review.