President von der Leyen has pledged a “true recovery” with the European Green Deal at its heart. During her annual State of the Union address, the President of the European Commission called for “systemic modernisation across our economy, society and industry” in order to put the EU on a more sustainable path heading out of the crisis. Part of that plan includes boosting investment in the development and deployment of renewable and clean energy in order to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
What do our readers think? We had a comment come in from Dionis, who is worried that if Europe prioritises renewables for its recovery plan, it will be economically disadvantaged compared to other regions of the world.
To get a response, we put Dionis’ comment to Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). How would she respond to Dionis?
For another perspective, we also put the same comment to Paula Abreu Marques, Head of Unit in Renewables and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Policy at the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission. What would she say?
Next up, we had a comment sent in from David, who hopes to see a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU has committed to a green recovery, but will it actually deliver?
We put David’s comment to Wendel Trio, Director of the Climate Action Network Europe, for his response:
Finally, we also approached Miguel Herrero, Policy Advisor at Solar Power Europe, to see what he would say:
Should the economic recovery plan prioritise renewables? Will the EU deliver a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic? Would a green economic recovery disadvantage Europe compared to other regions? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!