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Integrating science into the EU Green Deal: EGU 2020 science-policy event

17 July 2020

The European Green Deal is a roadmap for turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities to make the EU’s economy sustainable. The EU Green Deal sets ambitious targets, including reaching climate neutrality in Europe by 2050; addressing the drivers of biodiversity loss in Europe; restoring degraded ecosystems; and adopting a zero-pollution action plan for air, water and soils. Achieving these bold targets is likely to require scientific expertise from many different geoscience areas, including atmospheric, cryospheric, hydrological, oceanic and soil system sciences.

To discuss the most effective ways to integrate new research results into the EU Green Deal, the EGU, in close collaboration with the Secretariat of the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, is organising a virtual event called ‘Integrating science into the EU Green Deal’. This virtual gathering, to be hosted by Member of the European Parliament Norbert Lins, will bring geoscientists and policymakers together to discuss how the geosciences can most effectively support the EU Green Deal and ensure that its ambitious biodiversity and zero-pollution targets are reached.

The mixed panel of policymakers and scientists representing the EGU will discuss the role that scientists should play in the EU Green Deal and where research is most needed to give Europe the best chance of reaching the deal’s ambitious targets. The event will specifically focus on biodiversity and zero pollution, two aspects of the EU Green Deal that are closely linked with the geosciences.

This online event will be held on 30 September 2020, 15:00 – 17:00 CEST. All EGU members are invited to attend; please register in advance by following this link. More information regarding the event will be added to this page in late July. If you would like more information, please contact the EGU Policy Officer Chloe Hill via policy@egu.eu.

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Established in 1994, the European Parliament Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development brings together Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all political groups and Parliamentary Committees to find sustainable solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time. This balanced forum of discussion allows MEPs to listen, debate and shape ideas and policies based on contributions from the different stakeholders (relevant experts, NGOs, private sector, researchers and academics) in the presence of the European Commission, EU Presidency and EU Member States.

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is the leading organisation for Earth, planetary and space science research in Europe. With our partner organisations worldwide, we foster fundamental geoscience research, alongside applied research that addresses key societal and environmental challenges. Our vision is to realise a sustainable and just future for humanity and for the planet. Our 20,000 members span many key scientific areas that can enhance the policy-making process including, but not limited to, natural hazards, biodiversity, pollution, climate change, soil science and raw-material sourcing.