Pathways to Achieve the European Green Deal: Senior Working Group for the Energy Transition


The European Green Deal offers a regulatory framework that will guide the operations of governments, organizations and businesses in the European Union, with the Paris Agreement and the SDGs as the basis for action. The EGD offers a comprehensive framework for decarbonizing the EU economy, reducing pollution and wastes, placing sustainable development and the SDGs at the center of the European policy agenda.

SDSN EU Green Deal Senior Working Group for the Energy Transition

This group will support the implementation of the European Green Deal (EGD) and facilitate participation of national stakeholders and local experts through SDSN’s European networks to advise and provide support to the European Commission.


Objectives of the Group:

  1. Identify and promote technological and policy pathways for decarbonization by 2050 within and across EU Member States.
  2. Identify and promote adaptation pathways within and across EU Member States.
  3. Identify socially inclusive pathways that “leave no one behind”
  4. Provide strategic recommendations and mobilize experts for the ongoing implementation of the European Green Deal through SDSN networks.
  5. Mobilize experts to “rethink policies for clean energy supply and climate adaptation projects, across the economy, industry, production and consumption, large-scale infrastructure, transport, food and agriculture, construction, taxation and social benefits”.
  6. Mobilize stakeholders in partnership with the SDSN European networks to guarantee local engagement and support for these policies.



  • The members will convene regularly to assess the progress of and identify opportunities for collaboration with the European Commission.
  • The members will work closely with SDSN networks and members to identify ongoing research and technical solutions that can be scaled across the EU.
  • The members will commit to authoring a series of issues briefs that can serve as key inputs for outlining solutions and recommendations for EGD implementation.


Prospective Members:

  • Phoebe Koundouri, Athens University of Economics and Business and President-Elect of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (proposed Chair)
  • Christian Breyer, Lappeenranta University of Technology
  • Paolo Carnevale, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
  • Laura Cozzi, International Energy Agency
  • Kirsten Dunlop, EIT Climate-KIC
  • Mariana Mazzucato, University College London
  • Aline Mosnier, FABLE, SDSN

Members will then reach out to experts from specific fields to make sectoral contributions.

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