june, 2020

11jun10:0011:00How R&I can accelerate the green transition towards a climate-neutral economy?10:00 - 11:00 Event Type:Virtual Debate


(Thursday) 10:00 - 11:00


Zoom Virtual Debate

Event Details

The outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic posed a tremendous challenge to European economies, which are facing a downturn of sizes that are still difficult to measure. While the world’s leading scientists are looking for a vaccine to the virus that has swept across the globe, European leaders rebuild the continent’s economy, while keeping in mind the commitment made prior to the outbreak of the epidemic to become fully climate-neutral by 2050.

Efforts to fight the current health crisis should be coordinated to support a low-carbon and sustainable recovery and to come in compliance with principles of the Green Deal. The urgent need to green our economies calls for avoiding to fall into the trap of short-term solutions which are detrimental to our long-term goals. 

This session will ask the important questions of which areas should the recovery plan put its major focus on and what priorities should it take into consideration when determining its stimulus package.


Knowledge4Innovation Forum


Co-hosting MEPs

Maria da Graça Carvalho, MEP, Chair of the K4I Forum

Sirpa PietikäineMEP, MEP, Member of the K4I Forum

Speakers for this event

  • Artur Runge-Metzger

    Artur Runge-Metzger

    Director, DG CLIMA

    He took up his current position on 1 January 2016. The current directorate covers international and EU climate strategy and economic assessment and evaluation, EU domestic legislative initiatives related to households, land transport, waste, agriculture and forestry, carbon capture, use and storage, financial instruments for EU innovation, monitoring, reporting, and verification. Since 1 September 2003, he was first Head of Unit, and since 2009 Director focussing on international and domestic climate strategy, international climate change negotiations, climate finance, land use and monitoring and reporting. During this time he was one of the EU lead negotiators, Vice-President of the UNFCCC Bureau in 2010-2012, and also co-chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) in 2013/14 preparing the Paris Agreement. Before this, he spent two years as Head of Operations in the EC Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. From the end of 1997 until 2001, he worked in DG Development and DG Environment in Brussels on a wide range of environmental issues, particularly climate change in developing countries. He joined the European Commission in 1993, when he was first responsible for the bilateral co-operation covering agricultural policies, rural development and the environment in the EC Delegation in Zimbabwe in Harare. After his University education, he started his professional career at the University of Göttingen, Germany in 1985. His main scientific and lecturing topics were natural resources economics and development economics, including extensive field research in rural West Africa. He holds a doctoral degree in agricultural economics.

    Director, DG CLIMA

  • Hans Arne Frøystein

    Hans Arne Frøystein

    EURAMET Chairperson

    Since June 2018 Hans Arne Frøystein is EURAMET’s Chairperson. His focus is on supporting all members in their endeavours to build and maintain their capacity to fulfil national and regional needs; supporting a coordinated European metrology infrastructure; running the European Metrology Research Programmes to support innovation and contribute to solving society’s grand challenges. In addition, Hans Arne supports the development of a possible follow-on partnership for metrology. Hans Arne studied physics and mathematics at the Norwegian Technical University in Trondheim. He joined JV, the Norwegian National Metrology Institute, in 1987 as a metrologist in electricity and thermometry. In 1992 he became head of the National Metrology Laboratory; his tasks included the planning and establishment of the new laboratory facility of JV in Kjeller, lecturing at the University of Oslo and technical assessments for Norwegian Accreditation and foreign National Accreditation Bodies. Hans Arne is deputy director of JV and was Acting Director General between 2015 and 2017. Hans Arne has been part of the EURAMET community for almost 30 years, starting as contact person for different Technical Committees. He also has broad experience in other international organisations and projects relating to metrology and quality infrastructure. In addition to his role as Chairperson, he is the Norwegian Delegate for EURAMET, Deputy in the EMPIR Committee and contact person in the Technical Committee for Acoustics, Ultrasound and Vibration.

    EURAMET Chairperson