1:00 PM–3:00 PM Maison Française East Gallery, Buell Hall
A Talk by Hans Bruyninckx. Introduction by Lisa Dale
To RSVP, please click here. Europe is responding to the climate challenge and the Paris Agreement with a strong vision on a low carbon society. Building on 20 years of developing climate policies, it has formulated a ‘net zero emissions’ target for 2050. This means a commitment towards fundamental sustainability transitions of the energy, transport, and food systems. The climate target is part of a broader agenda for a Green Deal, as formulated by the new European Union Commission President. Other objectives include the transition towards a highly resource efficient circular economy, and the recognition of strong natural capital as the foundation for society. Europe intends to take the lead in responding to the sustainability challenge of the 21st century, and in the shaping of an economy that can deliver well-being within the limits of the planet.
Hans Bruyninckx is the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency since 1 June, 2013. Over the last 20 years, he has conducted research in areas including environmental politics, climate change and sustainable development. He has taught global environmental politics and global environmental governance in relation to the European Union (EU), publishing extensively on EU environmental policies and its role as an actor in global environmental governance. Throughout his career, he has worked with governmental agencies, civil society and businesses, often in an advisory role.
This event is co-sponsored by Columbia Earth Institute and Maison Française.