EU Commission’s green recovery criticised as ‘brown’

Sallie Anderson

The European Commission’s combined EUR1.85 trillion recovery strategy from the coronavirus crisis – consisting of Wednesday’s EUR750 bn recovery fund and the next seven-year budget – has not persuaded ecological NGOs, who stated the proposition stops working to use a really ‘green recovery’.

“We need to press fast forward towards a green, digital and resilient future. To those who fear the cost of investment, I say that the cost on inaction will be much more expensive down the road,” the president of the commission, Ursula von der Leyen, informed MEPs on Wednesday (27 May).

This proposition of the EU executive keeps the dedication to invest a minimum of 25 percent of the EU’s long-lasting budget (an overall of over one trillion euros) on climate-related jobs, regardless of the calls for a 50 percent target – lined up with the European Financial Investment Bank.

This has actually been currently been criticised by civil society organisations, which argue that the proposition leaves the door available to support nonrenewable fuel sources and contaminating sectors.

“The commission claims its plan protects us and invests in the future, but it leaves our children and grandchildren to face the consequences of climate and environmental breakdown,” stated Greenpeace EU director, Jorgo Ris.

“Unfortunately the commission’s ‘green’ recovery package today has a distinctly brown tinge. The measures fall short of the goals of the Green Deal, and put techno-fixes and corporate interests ahead of the resilient and caring economy we need,” cautioned Jagoda Munic, director of NGO Buddies of the Earth Europe.

Furthermore, the commission’s proposition would strengthen rural advancement with an additional EUR15 bn to support agro-ecology and enhance nature security.

The recovery strategy proposes to increase the Simply Shift Fund – a EUR7.5 bn financial investment to support fossil fuel-dependent areas to green their economies – with an extra EUR325 bn to support re-skilling and aid services.

Green ‘strings’?

The commission’s recovery strategy intends to open comprehensive private financial investment thanks to the recently-announced EU’s Environment Law and EU sustainable financing taxonomy, which might assist financiers in the long-lasting regardless of the bloc heading for a “historic recession”.

Yet, the commission approximates the green shift financial investment space at EUR940 bn.

Nevertheless, it is uncertain how precisely the taxonomy will be used to the EU’s long-lastingbudget


The main concerns for the EU’s executive will be the circular economy, cleaner movement, renewables and a ‘renovation wave’ of structures.

All public financial investment of the recovery fund will be anticipated to appreciate the green oath to “do no harm” – which would omit any aids to ecologically hazardous activities, such as, nonrenewable fuel sources markets, atomic energy or incineration of waste.

Nevertheless, the EU’s long-lasting budget would not be limited to following green restictions – simply like the almost 2 trillion euros of state help currently utilized to support all kind of markets throughout the EU.

The leader of the Greens/EFA group, MEP Ska Keller, worried the significance to ensure long-lasting results, which is a worried likewise shared by civil society.

” Let’s not duplicate the exact same errors [from the financial crisis in 2008], we need to ensure that the money is well-invested into jobs that will assist, in the long-lasting, to develop tasks and conserve the one world that we have,” she stated.

According to Ester Asin, director of WWF Europe, “there are missing mechanisms for implementing and enforcing the green conditions to truly ensure that no money spent by the member states will go to harmful activities”.

Nordics press ahead

On the other hand, Nordic energy ministers settled on Tuesday (26 May) on working together to strengthen “a green Nordic region,” prioritising the energy transition in their financial recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

Energy cooperation jobs will get a bigger share of the Nordic Council’s budget in the coming years to buy renewables and energy performance while protecting energy products.

Furthermore, Nordic countries consented to enhance the typical Nordic electrical energy market, which is influenced by the European internal energy market, to offer versatility to the marketplaces.

While the EU is on track to attain its 2020 targets on greenhouse-gas emissions and renewable resource, the energy performance goal stays quite a ‘pending’ job for the bloc.

In 2018, Sweden had the biggest share of energy from sustainable sources in the EU (546 percent), followed by Finland (412 percent), Latvia (403 percent), Denmark (361 percent), according to data released by Eurostat.

The post EU Commission’s green recovery criticised as ‘brown’ appeared first on World Weekly News.