Circular economy solutions have great potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many opportunities exist in the built environment, urban transport and the food sectors, and in other areas as well.
- Low-carbon transitions of industry; energy and transport; environment and EU external relations; innovation and digitalisation; environmental policy integration
Mats Engström has been involved in EU policy-making and analysis since the 1980s, inter alia as Environmental Attaché at the Swedish EU Representation, as Deputy State Secretary and Director of International Affairs at the Ministry for the Environment in Stockholm, and as an adviser to a former Foreign Minister. In these capacities, Mats Engström contributed to the environmental provisions in the Amsterdam Treaty, to the EU acidification strategy, revisions of car emissions and chemicals regulation, to the Cardiff strategy and more. He has also followed environmental policy as a journalist, including as Editor-in-Chief of the leading technology magazine Ny Teknik, and has analysed innovation policy in Europe and East Asia for the Swedish government. Presently, Mats Engström is an independent analyst and writer. He is the author of three books and has published extensively in Swedish and international magazines. Mats Engström holds a MSc in Engineering Physics and a degree in Journalism.
A window of opportunity. That is a good description of the coming months of global environmental policy, with the US re-joining the Paris Agreement and with the postponed climate and biodiversity Conferences of Parties (COPs) on the agenda.
Ursula von der Leyen and her Commission have taken important steps to green the European economy and simultaneously promote competitiveness as part of the European Green Deal. The communication on a new industrial strategy is one more significant policy initiative.