Frontier technologies that combine the physical and digital worlds, are key to providing solutions to the most pressing societal challenges the EU and the world at large faces, from mitigating the socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic to tackling climate change. In particular, the next decade will be critical to set Europe and our planet on track of limiting global warming to well below 2°C, and ideally to 1.5°C. Important decisions on the EU Green Deal are pending on European, national, regional and city levels.
Concerted actions at all levels will be needed to realise the common energy and climate objectives in a cost-efficient manner, translate these challenges into drivers of sustainable growth and help Europe and its industry maintain global leadership, driving prosperity at home and worldwide. Additionally, it will identify ways for the EU to support the most climate-vulnerable countries to meet their ambitions under the Paris Agreement whilst reflecting their national priorities.
The session aims at providing concrete ideas, solutions and “no-regret” options for a successful climate transition that is feasible, economically viable and environmentally sustainable through the various opportunities that frontier technologies offer. It also aims at creating synergies with other policies, regionally and internationally such as the Digital Agenda or Circular Economy and not least fuelling the re-start of Europe’s and the global economy after the immediate tackling of the pandemic.