GFA NEWSLETTER 02/2022 - THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL
When the Russian aggression in Ukraine began in winter 2022, it appeared that fighting climate change would be marginalized. The front pages of news portals questioned whether Germany and Europe could afford this topic at all.
By spring 2022, it became clear that the war was leading to a re-shaping of the approach to energy security globally. There were calls for a revival of the use of coal and other fossil fuels to compensate for broken or unreliable supply chains. The issue of climate change lacked the urgency to position a rapid transition to renewable energy resources as the indisputable solution.
Now in the summer of 2022, Germany and Europe face similar conditions that other regions of the world have been facing more frequently, and for more extended periods - heat waves, droughts, and bushfires that surpass all historical precedents. Suddenly, the challenges of climate change are back in the public debate and literally on our doorstep.
For us at GFA, it is clear that there is no way to avoid or step back from a comprehensive green transition. The transition applies to all sectors of society and the economy - clean energy supply, energy efficient homes and appliances, decarbonization of all economic sectors, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, clean air, and circular economy, one health, and many other subsectors.
The European Green Deal is the European Union policy approach that provides the framework and the resources for Europeans to contribute to solving the global climate change challenges. It is also clear to us that the EU approach must work on an international level, and that we must collaborate with developing countries and emerging economies to jointly shape the green transition.
With this newsletter, we would like to highlight the practical methods being used to implement the European Green Deal Approach in our partner countries, and how we, as GFA, contribute to this goal.
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