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Uniting subnational governments on the EU Green Deal

As part of EU Green Week 2022, we spoke with regional governments about the EU Green Deal, and the key role subnational actors play in getting it delivered. 

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Key takeaways:

  • European states and regions are at the heart of policy action. They're implementing the policies that will support the outcomes of the EU Green Deal. 
  • The EU's climate policy decisions have huge implications. They impact how regional climate strategies are shaped - a consequence of the unique nature of the European policy landscape.
  • Local regional governments have an important role. They're at the touchpoints where the circular economy interacts with citizens e.g. through handling waste and water, spatial planning, and building.
  • We need systemic change. Businesses are not just looking at their outputs. They're also looking at their inputs. We need to work across whole processes, and integrate a circular economy approach into business models.
  • We need to focus on areas that can deliver the most impact. The transition away from fossil fuels is impacting all parts of society. However, we need to collectively invest in the areas where we can deliver big impact, at scale. 
  • Climate change problems are connected. To tackle these problems we must take a holistic approach. Working in harmony with nature is key to building resilience.
Certificate of participation for the Under2 Coalition's involvement in EU Green Week

With thanks to our speakers: