05 / 03 / 2020

EARTO Paper on the European Green Deal

On 4 March 2020, the European Commission (EC) presented its proposal for the European Climate Law, part of the European Green Deal, in order to serve EC’s vision to be climate neutral by 2050. The European Climate Law constitutes an EU-wide legally binding target for EU Institutions and Member States to keep track of their progress and adjust their actions accordingly to reach net-zero greenhouse emissions in 30 years. At the same time, the EC launched a public consultation on the new European Climate Pact, opened until 17 May 2020. This European Climate Pact is a broad initiative for citizens and stakeholders to design new climate actions, share information and showcase solutions. EARTO encourages its members to participate in this consultation. The inputs received will be used to shape the European Climate Pact, aiming at being launched before the Glasgow’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (CO26) in November 2020.


EARTO welcomed EC’s ambitions on the European Green Deal in a new position paper, focussing on mobilising European RD&I capabilities and skills offered by RTOs. EARTO’s set of recommendations focuses on three pillars:

  • Support European technology scale-up for green and digital transition by boosting public & private investments in RD&I,
  • Develop a European strategy on technology infrastructures to further deliver the European Green Deal’s ambitions in terms of deploying green and digital technologies to EU leading industries,
  • Improve EU RD&I framework conditions for a better implementation of the European Green Deal.


European RTOs will be key enablers to achieve the European Green Deal’s ambitious goals. EARTO will keep following the developments linked to the EU Green Deal as RTOs have a prominent role in related EU RD&I programmes and policies.