BRUSSELS – Becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is at the heart of Europe’s Green Deal ambitions.

In announcing her new team today European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has rubber stamped this direction of travel with appointments focused on addressing climate change. Frans Timmermans, the Commission’s Executive Vice-President, will ‘coordinate the work on the European Green Deal’ converting rhetoric into action. Timmermans tweeted he wants a Green New Deal for Europe that ‘shapes the future for our children and ensures their health, prosperity and security on a green and thriving planet’.

Ursula von der Leyen said: “I want the European Green Deal to become Europe’s hallmark. At the heart of it is our commitment to becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent. It is also a long-term economic imperative: those who act first and fastest will be the ones who grasp the opportunities from the ecological transition. I want Europe to be the front-runner. I want Europe to be the exporter of knowledge, technologies and best practice.”

Watch this space…