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EEB continues the engagement within the Think2030 community

The Think2030 platform gathers organisations (think tanks, academia, NGOs, civil society and private sector) that share a common vision for a more sustainable future. As the network is expanding, we conducted a series of interviews to feature the partners, their involvement in the platform and their contribution to the implementation of the European Green Deal agenda.

The European Environmental Bureau – EEB is the largest network of environmental citizens’ organisations in Europe. It currently consists of 180 member organisations in 38 countries, including a growing number of networks, and representing some 30 million individual members and supporters. We are happy to have EEB continuing being a knowledge partner in the Think2030 platform, and to celebrate our renewed collaboration, we spoke with Faustine Bas-Defossez, Director for Nature, Health and Environment.

Why did EEB decide to join the Think2030 platform in the first place?

The EEB was among the early partners and supporters of the platform. Back in 2018, we identified the need and the potential for an evidence-based policy platform to produce policy recommendations for the EU to stay within planetary boundaries in the eve of a key milestone: the EU elections.

And here we are again, next year the EU citizens will be voting for the next European Parliament and doing so set the political guidelines for the five years to follow. These five years are crucial as they represent the second half of the ‘last chance’ decade where profound changes need to be enacted and the transition well on its way. The European Green Deal sets us on the right path, but it is not a given that it continues and gets strengthened post 2024. Platforms gathering think tanks, NGOs, businesses such as Think2030 play a key role in carrying the ambitions of the Green Deal beyond 2024.

What do you think can be EEB’ biggest contribution to the Think2030 platform and its activities?

The EEB is a unique and unifying actor for the European environmental movement, it is the largest European umbrella organisation (with around 180 members at national level) and covers a large number of environmental and governance related areas. As such it is a key partner in the implementation of the European Green Deal.

In the frame of Think2030 it can in particular help understand better the tradeoffs among the different areas of focus, the synergies, bring a holistic approach to the table but also give a better idea of the EGD implementation challenges and opportunities at national level.

Why is it important that the Green Deal continues beyond 2024 and what should be its main priorities after the next EU elections?

The Green Deal is by far the most ambitious European Commission’s agenda to date. Aiming at being transformative and relying on a holistic approach to change, it sets us on the right path to reach climate neutrality and to stay within planetary boundary. Despite two major crisis – Covid-19 and the Russian war in Ukraine – and strong push from conservative political groups and several industrial and corporate sectors instrumentalising the concern around the crisis to stop the EGD, the Commission, supported by a range of member states, civil society and progressive business, managed to keep the EGD on the political agenda.

It is therefore a path that we should continue to follow and should certainly not deviate from post 2024. But as much as the EGD has been good on vision, strategies, transformative narrative, and long-term commitments, it has been weaker on implementation (starting with co decision and the delaying, dilution of several key pieces of the deal) and on the pace of actual change and where it concerns actual measures that translate into money and real constraining measures.

Post 2024 it will be important to fasten its implementation, strengthen its ambitious (such as climate neutrality by 2040), improve its social aspects to turn the just transition into reality (instead of just words on paper) and to make it fit for tackling (over)consumption (in sectors like energy and food). It is the only compass we have and as a mother fearing every day for our children’s future I would never forgive us if, while we are almost adrift, we consciously make the choice to throw it away.

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