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Implementing the European Green Deal Through Transformational Change: A review of EU Climate Action through the Lens of the “Six Transformations”

November 22 ; 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Enel Foundation will present their study on how to effectively implement the European Green Deal in full consistency with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will show the successful case study of the Italian National Recovery and Resilience Plan.

To live up to the ambition of tackling the urgent climate and environmental crisis, while pursuing economic growth and respecting the Leave No One Behind principle, the European Green Deal should be implemented according to a holistic and cross-sectoral pattern in deep synergy with the SDGs policies. Adopting the Six Transformations approach, developed among others by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs in 2019, aimed at providing a model for policymakers to address multiple SDGs while minimizing potential trade-offs, this study put forward policy recommendations to ensure that the European Green Deal is applied in full coherence with the SDGs.

The case study of the Italian National Recovery and Resilience Plan shows how energy and climate action can be successfully operationalised within the Six Transformation framework and in line with the European Green Deal’s objectives. In fact, if properly implemented, the Mission of the “Green Revolution and Ecological Transition” in the Plan will have manifold positive spill-over effects in several policy fields, such as a net increase in jobs in the energy sector. Finally, the Italian example can guide other countries wishing to develop a holistic strategy aligned with multiple objectives and goals.