The revised multiannual financial framework (MFF) and the recovery package announced by the European Commission include €55 billion of new funding for the cohesion policy, sending an important signal when the entire EU project is at risk due to clashing visions of what European solidarity means in the post-COVID-19 context.
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- Climate change policy; climate adaptation; environmental governance; urban strategies; EU budget; SDG implementation
Thorfinn joined IEEP in April 2018 as a Policy Analyst for the Climate and Environmental Governance Programme. Previously he worked for six years in DG Climate Action of the European Commission in the International & Inter-Institutional Relations Unit. He participated in the UNFCCC international climate negotiations between 2014 and 2017 including for the creation of the Paris Agreement at COP21 in 2015. He studied sustainable urban development at University College London, earning an MSc in Transport & City Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning. Previously he earned an MA in European Studies at the University of British Columbia (Canada).
At IEEP he is involved in a variety of projects focusing on climate change policy, including adaptation, urban strategies, the EU budget, and SDG implementation, as well as good environmental governance.
Since 2015, IEEP has taken part in the iSQAPER project that aims to assess soil quality in Europe and China and provide decision-makers with science-based, easy to apply and cost-effective tools to manage soil quality and function.
According to the legal scholar Edith Brown Weiss, every generation needs to pass on the Earth and its natural resources in no worse conditions than it was received, by preserving the diversity of natural resources, maintaining the quality of the environment, and ensuring non-discriminatory access among generations to the Earth and its resources.
This graph, put together by IEEP, shows that not only has humanity not succeed in reducing emissions following warnings on climate change, the emissions have, in fact, also grown substantially, and we have now emitted as much since 1990 as in all of history before that time.
According to IEEP’s calculations, an additional €381 billion of revenues in “pollution dividends” could be generated to support workers, households, countries and regions affected by the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.