Green Recovery Alliance: the post-pandemic recovery plan of the European Union
The European Parliament has launched the "Green Recovery Alliance", an alliance created following the call to action of 12 EU environment ministers who signed an appeal for a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initiative stems from an idea by Pascal Canfin, French MEP who chairs the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment and Public Health. In addition to 79 MEPs across the political spectrum, the alliance also brings together civil society groups, including 37 CEOs, 28 business associations, the European trade union confederation, 7 NGOs and 6 think tanks. Among the signed companies from the private sector the CEOs of Ikea, H&M, Unilever, Danone, E.ON and others.
At the heart of the Green Recovery Alliance is the commitment to support post-pandemic transformation plans, in which the fight and mitigation of climate change, protection and safeguard from biodiversity loss, are at the center of Europe's economic policy.
The letter from the petitioners underlines that "the coronavirus crisis is shaking the whole world, with devastating consequences across Europe. [...] The fight against the pandemic is certainly our top priority; in this tremendously difficult situation a strong and unprecedented coordinated economic response. After the crisis, the time will come to rebuild. This moment of recovery will be an opportunity to rethink our society and develop a new model of sustainable prosperity. "
It is important to highlight that this alliance does not concern the reconstruction of an entire economy from scratch, in recent years we have undoubtedly witnessed important transformations: renewable energies, net-zero emissions mobility, and much more.
In the letter, the petitioners reiterate that "projects such as the European Green Deal and other national carbon-neutral development plans have enormous potential to rebuild our economy and contribute to the creation of a new model of prosperity. We therefore believe that we must prepare the Europe for the future and to plan recovery plans, both at local, national and EU level, sanctioning the fight against climate change as the fulcrum of the economic strategy. The time has come to transform these plans into actions and investments that will change the lives of citizens and will contribute to the rapid recovery of our economies and societies. "
"The broad support for this statement clearly shows that Europe's response to the COVID-19 crisis must put us firmly on the path to a truly sustainable, climate-neutral and fair economy - for the sake of the environment, but also to build greater resilience for our societies and our economy, "said Ester Asin, director of the WWF European Political Bureau, which is one of the signatories of the Green Recovery Alliance.
The social and economic impact of the Covid-19 epidemic is already enormous and resistance to further investments that support the transition to a climate neutral economy is certainly not the way to go. Achieving climate neutrality, protecting biodiversity and transforming agro-food systems have the potential to offer jobs, sustainable growth and improvement in the way of life for all citizens and thus help build more resilient societies .