Events – How economic and social actors can champion CO2 phase-out – EUSEW policy session – 22 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Projects funded under the Horizon 2020 funding programme will contribute to the DG Research and Innovation & EASME coordinated policy session on ‘How economic and social actors can champion CO2 phase-out’ which will take place on 22 June from 16.00 – 17.30 at Résidence Palace (Salle Maelbeek).

Description: Greenhouse gas emissions will need to rapidly fall from now to 2050 if we are to keep the European and global economy on a track consistent with the Paris Agreement. Incremental gains in energy or production efficiency will not provide the necessary emission reductions, while the profound transformation required will put the whole economy, and some sectors especially, in front of a great challenge.

Lowering emission caps or an ever increasing carbon price will challenge innovators, redefine competitiveness and may have a restructuring effect on markets.

Can deep decarbonisation pathways be reconciled with the political objectives of reinvigorating European industries and strengthening economic competitiveness?

What does science have to say about the risks and opportunities related to innovation, deployment, financing or public acceptance?

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