We need a green transition after COVID-19

GRI welcomes continued commitment to achieving the EU Green Deal



The ‘bold leadership’ shown by the EU in re-committing to the European Green Deal, even as the coronavirus pandemic is being tackled, has been recognized by GRI chief executive Tim Mohin.

Writing on Wednesday in EURACTIV (COVID crisis reinforces need for governments to go green), Mr. Mohin highlighted three recent signs that the Green Deal, inclusive of a €1 trillion sustainable investment plan, remains on track:

A letter signed by 13 EU environment ministers has called for the Green Deal to be the framework to boost recovery after the pandemic

A European Council statement that a green transition is required to support sustainable growth following the crisis

Confirmation from the European Commission that their work towards EU carbon neutrality targets remain on track

Tim Mohin said:

“It is reassuring that, even as we battle coronavirus, the European Commission has the foresight to press ahead with the Green Deal, which is being positioned as the framework to rebuild the economy after the pandemic.

With the international community coming together to address COVID-19, joint working between the public and private sectors has never been more important. And when the world emerges from this crisis, we need to continue this collaboration to advance sustainable and inclusive development.

Europe’s leaders are to be commended for committing to a green transition. Now, more than ever before, this is the kind of bold leadership the world needs.”

GRI has previously highlighted the significance of the European Commission’s plans to strengthen the Non-Financial Reporting Directive in the sustainable finance workstream of the Green Deal. This acknowledges the clear link between disclosing corporate impacts and encouraging sustainable business practices.