What kind of economy can face up to our climate reality?
To truly face the challenges imposed by the climate emergency, Europe must rethink its industrial and economic dependency on materials and products sourced from developing countries.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Over the past few years, we – alongside several partners- have been exploring the challenge of a climate emergency economy, focusing on “hard-to-decarbonise” sectors like transport, trade, industry, or agriculture. Check some of the key findings and publications here.
In 2021, this transnational project stretches further with a focus on three specific domains: hydrogen use to decarbonise industry and transport; food sovereignty and regional resilience; and transport infrastructure investments and trade.
The COP26 provides an opportunity to highlight what decarbonisation of all aforementioned sectors requires: focusing on the harder-to-reach sectors allows us to grapple with the scale of the challenge in a clear and realistic way. It also opens up a chance to challenge mainstream tendencies while building capacity among green activists to reinforce different visions of climate justice in the wider climate movement.
Which sectors should be prioritised for limited “green hydrogen” and what are geopolitical implications of hydrogen imports? How does zero carbon relate to food sovereignty and the EU’s Farm to Fork strategy? And what needs to change in transport infrastructure investments across Europe and overseas (e.g. through foreign aid)? These are just some of the questions that will be tackled across a series of events, expert meetings, publications, and more.
This work forms part of a wider project led by the Green European Foundation involving Green House in the UK, Wetenschappelijk Bureau Groenlinks in the Netherlands, Green Foundation Ireland and the Foundation for Environment and Agriculture in Bulgaria .