While the US has pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the European Union is stepping up its efforts to meet the terms of the accord. The EU has set climate targets in order to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and keep the average global temperature increase below two degree Celsius by 2100. Increasing the share of renewable energy sources, decarbonising energy-intensive industries and reforming the energy sector are just a few of the various ways that the EU intends to invest in its future. A Green Deal for Europe would help set ambitious standards and establish an investment programme in future markets while strengthening the European economy and energy security. This commitment will require efficient processes, innovative thinking and policy reforms. Our Forum demonstrates how climate protection and a sustainable energy transition create economic opportunities and environmental benefits for Europe and beyond.

  • Industrial Climate Neutrality in the EU: Outline of an Integrated Industrial Green Deal

    Gauri Khandekar, Institute for European Studies (IES)
    Tomas Wyns, Institute for European Studies (IES)

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  • The EU Electricity Sector Will Need Reform, Again

    Christian Egenhofer, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
    Irina Kustova, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

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  • Material Use: The Next Challenge to Climate Policy

    Angela Köppl, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)
    Stefan Schleicher, University of Graz

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  • The Decarbonisation Challenge of Southeast Europe: A Case Study of Romania

    Mihnea Cătuţi, University of York - Derwent College
    Radu Dudău, Energy Policy Group (EPG)

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  • The EU Internal Market and the Transformation of Energy Systems to Sustainability

    Erik Gawel, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
    Sebastian Strunz, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

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  • Green Deal for Europe: More Climate Protection and Fewer Fossil Fuel Wars

    Claudia Kemfert, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

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DOI: 10.1007/s10272-019-0847-7