The Covid-19 crisis has exposed the need for a more resilient society and economy. Requiring an unprecedented scale of investments, the economic recovery from Covid-19 can be a unique opportunity for big and bold change towards a more sustainable society and a vehicle for accelerating the transition to climate neutrality. The European Climate Foundation has developed a dedicated initiative, the Resilient Recovery project, to ensure that the post-Covid-19 European economy is aligned with and underpinned by an ambitious European Green Deal.
Objectives of the Resilient Recovery project
The Resilient Recovery project seeks to create space across the political spectrum to enable a green recovery. The project will work to embolden governments to design Covid-19 responses which accelerate the transition to climate neutrality with a high degree of social acceptance, whilst promoting work that imagines a new socio-economic system of a sustainable and equitable future.
Defend the European Green Deal, environmental laws & standards against rollbacks
- Grow a coalition that proactively puts the European Green Deal on the agenda.
- Expose and counter any attempts to water down laws, standards, and new initiatives, and ensure their enforcement where need be.
- Advocate for a maximum of ambition in European Green Deal policy-making.
Imagine the new socio-economic systems of a clean & equitable future
- Redesign macroeconomic policies to deliver sustainability, resilience and social equity.
- Explore policies to help overcome inequalities and provide a voice to affected communities.
- Focus on themes where demand/behaviour change can drive systemic change from the bottom up.
Embolden governments to design Covid-19 responses which accelerate the transition to climate neutrality with a high degree of social acceptance
- Draw the line on what is not acceptable for a broad coalition in society (science, movements, civil society, cities, business, unions, economists…).
- Define and advocate for strong conditionality for bailouts, stimulus and recovery plans (at the national and EU levels).
- Focus on acceleration and financing in sectors where the conditions are right (i.e. create jobs) and on just transition plans in sectors where jobs will be lost.
The Covid-19 crisis has provided evidence of the need for a more resilient society and economy. The European Climate Foundation is supporting organisations in analysing and tracking the contribution of national Covid-19 recovery efforts across Europe. Below you will find a collection of reports by ECF grantees on recovery projects across Europe.