On 19 October, the Commission adopted its work programme for 2022. Broken down into six major ambitions, it sets out the next steps in its policy for a greener, fairer, more digital and more resilient Europe after Covid. The plan is for €1,000 billion of investment.

At the beginning of each new European Commission mandate, the priority areas on which the Commission will focus during its 5-year mandate are defined. The work programme for 2022 was unveiled last October. It foresees the launch of no less than 42 new initiatives, built around six major ambitions: a Europe fit for the digital age; an economy at the service of people; a stronger Europe on the international stage; the promotion of our European way of life; a new impetus for European democracy; and a green pact for Europe.

It reiterates its commitment to making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, with a regulatory framework for the certification of carbon removals. Resources will be directed towards building a new growth strategy to transform the European Union into a modern, carbon-neutral, competitive, sustainable and resource-efficient economy. 

The Green Deal for Europe

Determined to meet these targets, the 27 countries have committed to reducing their emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The Green Deal for Europe proposes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote jobs and growth, tackle fuel poverty, reduce external energy dependency and improve health and well-being.

Concrete commitments

For mobility, it aims to reduce emissions from cars by 55% and from light commercial vehicles by 50% by 2030, with zero emissions from new cars by 2035. For industry, the green transition offers the opportunity to create new markets for new technologies with new clean products.

35 million buildings could be renovated, with 160,000 additional green jobs created in the construction sector by 2030.

To support the efforts of the mobility and construction sector, Europe is committing 72.2 billion euros over 7 years to finance renovation and access to zero-emission mobility, and even income support. On the public buildings side, the Commission also proposes to oblige Member States to renovate at least 3% of the floor space of their public buildings every year.

The full work programme is available here

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