MRS in a greener Europe

A greener carbon-free Europe aims at implementing the Paris Agreement and at investing in energy transition, renewables and the fight against climate change. More specifically this objective covers the promotion of energy efficiency measures, smart energy systems, climate change adaption, risk prevention, water management, the transition to a circular economy and to enhance biodiversity.

This policy objective  is closely linked to the political priority of the Van der Leyen Commission “A European Green Deal”. It is one of the central objectives of Cohesion Policy with a large share of funding allocated. The European Commission takes a major effort in achieving a greener, carbon-free Europe with its European Green Deal. The Deal is a response to the challenge to tackle climate change as the atmosphere is warming, a million species are at risk, and forests and oceans are being polluted and destroyed. This new growth strategy aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, without net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050. The Green Deal is further an integral part of this Commission’s strategy to implement the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda and the sustainable development goals. Further the European Commission aims to implement the Paris Agreement by investing in energy transition.

All macro-regional strategies contribute to this overall goal in manifold ways by addressing environmental considerations as well as by supporting investments in energy transition, sustainable transport and aiming to increase prosperity more broadly. The Baltic Sea Region specifically addresses considerations for saving the sea through projects addressing environmental protection (under the Objective 1 of the EUSBRS), energy transition (under PA Energy) and those promoting a more sustainable economy under objective 3 'Increasing prosperity'. Similarly the Danube Region supports sustainable energy under Pillar 1 'Connecting the Region'. Further Pillar 2 aims to protect the environment, and specifically addresses the Green Deal in its new Action Plan. In the Adriatic and Ionian Region the Pillar 1 aims to achieve blue growth both by supporting sustainable economic growth, the Pillar 2 contributes to sustainable modes of transport and the development of energy networks (Topic 3). In the Alpine Region specifically in Policy Area 3 'Environment and Energy' the EUSALP objectives overlap with the Cohesion Policy Objective No. 2. Climate is further a horizontal objective in the EUSBRS as well as in the Danube Region.

In 2019 an workshop on water quality encompassing all MRS  was held in Budapest, indicating the joint endeavour of all MRS to contribute to a good water quality. For documentation see here: https://waterquality.danube-region.eu/mrs-meeting-on-water-held-on-5-november-in-budapest/