Green Deal: Action Plan

Rafael Perez Medina
July 12, 2022

Every country must implement the action plan to address the challenges proposed by the SDGs, and be obliged to include the transition to a circular economy in every sector. The great challenge is to change habits, to acquire a new mentality on the use of raw materials, on the design of devices with longer life cycles, developing further processes to extend their use, on the creation of a new market, on the optimization of waste management in order to achieve the transition from the linear to the circular economic model.

This process will also give impetus to the enactment of laws, treaties and regulations to achieve the SDGs. Each country within the European Community will have to develop different policies in this regard.

The SDGs put in place a list of goals that each country must achieve in the coming years to achieve sustainable economic growth and change the way we produce and consume. A change of production processes, product design, waste management, consumer behaviour, economic policies; in short, a change of mindset towards progress and sustainability. In this sense, Europe has reached a new agreement to combat climate change and optimise the use of resources in all sectors: The Green Deal. This is the commitment of an entire continent to address the climate crisis and set the path towards sustainable economies; seeking to accelerate and support the transition needed for all sectors. There will be a particular focus on sectors such as textiles, construction, electronics and plastics (resource intensive sectors).

The EU's goal is to achieve carbon neutrality, as a continent, by 2050 in a fair, cost-effective and competitive way where economic growth is decoupled from resource use. Changing industries, redesigning production processes, reforming consumer behaviour, and developing new sectors are some of the goals. To achieve them, many sectors and industries must radically change their processes to maintain economic growth. "The European Green Deal provides a roadmap with targeted actions to increase resource efficiency by moving to a clean and circular economy, halting climate change, recovering biodiversity loss and reducing pollution"*

The ICT sector occupies a central place in this plan, due to the growing importance, in the key of digitalization, in all sectors of industry. This transformation is a milestone in achieving the GREEN DEAL goals; the new policy framework will aim to develop an efficient market for circular and climate neutral products. The industrial strategy, centered on the new Circular Economy Action Plan, will help modernize the EU economy by remaining competitive and becoming environmentally sustainable.

For more details go to European Commision