With the Green Deal and the “Fit for 55” package, the EU has committed to cutting emissions by 55 percent by the end of this decade. For Europe’s cities, the stakes are even higher; with the EU inviting at least 100 of them to become climate neutral by 2030. But are these goals really feasible, and what changes do we need to implement to get there? What kind of support will the European cities receive?
Economic considerations around urban development and the green shift
Presented by: Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General in DG MOVE, European Commission
Presented by: Kyrre Knutsen, Chief Economist & Head of Analysis at SpareBank 1 SR-Bank
Matthew Baldwin is a European Commission official: he is Deputy Director-General of DG MOVE where he has been since July 2016. Amongst his principal professional activities, he is Manager of the Commission’s Mission for 100 Climate Neutral Cities by 2030; he is the EU Coordinator for road safety and sustainable urban mobility; and he is also managing the Commission’s crisis network of COVID-19 transport contact points.
In his Commission career of more than 20 years, he has served in the cabinets of President Barroso, Commissioner Lamy, and Commissioner Hill, the last as Head of Cabinet. He has also been Director of Market Access and Industry in DG Trade and Director of Aviation in DG MOVE.
He is of Italian and British nationality, has two sons, speaks English, French and Italian and lives in Brussels.