‘50 actions for 2050’: von der Leyen unveils her European Green Deal

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has promised a radical transformation of the EU economy through the European Green Deal, describing it as “Europe’s man-on-the-moon moment”.

“Our goal is to reconcile our economy with our planet… and to make it work for our people,” von der Leyen told reporters before presenting the sustainable roadmap before the European Parliament. “I’m convinced that the old growth model that is based on fossil fuels and pollution is out of date and is out of touch with this planet.”

The deal consists of a “very dedicated roadmap” to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 while creating jobs and stimulating innovation, she explained, as well as addressing biodiversity loss, the impact of agriculture and food, waste, cities and forests through “50 actions for 2050”.

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