In contrast with President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the European Union has made a commitment to reaching climate neutrality by 2050. A critical question is how other countries – in particular those belonging to the G20 – see their specific role in helping deliver the goals of the Paris Agreement. Europe has started to decarbonise its energy sector and has taken a number of legislative steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the industrial, transport and building sectors. However, emerging economies face a different set of challenges. How can these countries benefit from the European experience? What role can European countries play in helping emerging economies adopt environmentally-friendly strategies?

Chair: Jos Delbeke, Professor, Sustainability Cluster, STG, EUI