Plenary session #1: Climate & Sustainability Targets through Public Policy: Decarbonization, Circular Economy and post COP21

Trainer: Marialuisa Tamborra, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Research Innovation, I1 Strategy – Directorate Climate Action & Resource Efficiency, European Commission

The 20th century’s era of seemingly plentiful and cheap resources is coming to an end. The ability of the economy to adapt and become more climate change resilient, resource efficient and at the same time remain competitive depends on high levels of eco-innovation, of a societal, economic, organisational and technological nature.

With the global market for eco-innovation worth around €1 trillion per annum and expected to triple by 2030, eco-innovation represents a major opportunity to boost competitiveness and job creation in European economies.

Achieving substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by building a low-carbon economy is needed to prevent global warming from reaching dangerous levels in the coming decades. The innovation and investment in green technologies demand will boost the economy, create jobs and strengthen Europe’s competitiveness.