Building back better

The European Green Deal is the EU’s action plan towards becoming the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050, by creating a more sustainable economy and pursuing a just and inclusive transition for all. 

This drive towards sustainability applies to the EU’s development and cooperation strategy, including the EU’s partnership with Indonesia. EU-Indonesia cooperation initiatives will aim to build a ‘green agenda’ for Indonesia to ensure an inclusive and green recovery.

For over a decade, cooperation programmes have focused on finding sustainable solutions, advancing technological innovation, and supporting capacity-building and investment in green technology.

In 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic presented the world with unprecedented challenges and a unique opportunity to build back better.

On 30 June 2020, senior officials from Indonesia and the EU held a third meeting of the Working Group on Environment and Climate Change (WGECC). The meeting reaffirmed the two parties’ shared commitment to protecting the environment, mitigating the impacts of climate change, and fulfilling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and other bilateral and multilateral environmental conventions.

In the wake of the current global pandemic, the EU and Indonesia are determined to create a coherent socio-economic recovery plan that aligns with the climate transition and green recovery principles.

The European Green Deal
The European Green Deal

The overarching aim of the European Green Deal is to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions within the EU and deliver a pollution-free environment by 2050. Advances in transport, agriculture systems and ecosystems and biodiversity are all required, as well as efforts to further develop a circular economy that ensures products can be reused and recycled. From 2021 to 2027, 35 percent of the EU’s research funding will be dedicated to developing climate-friendly technologies.