European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented on December 11, 2019 the “The European Green Deal “initiative of the European Union. The European Commission unveiled its hotly anticipated European Green Deal outlining a long list of policy initiatives aimed at putting Europe on track to reach net-zero global warming emissions by 2050.
“This . Europe’s man on the moon moment,” Ursula von der Leyen said in a video statement. “Our goal is to reconcile the economy with our planet” and “to make it work for our people,” she added, describing climate policy as Europe’s new growth strategy. Europe wants to be a front-runner in climate friendly industries and clean technologies, she explained, adding: “I am convinced that the old growth model based on fossil fuels and pollution is out of date and out of touch with our planet”.
Marko Topic, ETIP PV Chairman: “ETIP PV fully supports the ‘The European Green Deal’ initiative. ETIP PV shares the vision of a sustainable future with a clean European and global energy system! Thanks to the abundant availability of sunlight, the technology’s modularity, and continuous cost reductions, Solar PV will become the largest source of energy worldwide and is able to meet the challenge of drastic decarbonisation. To make it happen we suggest to set two goals for the new European Commission:
- create a 40 GW per year PV installation market in the Europe by the end of your mandate, with 10 GW of PV manufactured in the EU;
- Commit in the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan due in Jan 2020 to financing at least one GW-scale manufacturing plant before the end 2021.”