The year 2021 is not just “any year”. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, European economies and industrial sectors have been under extreme pressure, and the lives of all Europeans have changed profoundly. The European Recovery Plan adopted by EU Member States in July 2020 aimed not only to mitigate the devastating impacts of the pandemic, but to seize a historic opportunity to revive our economies and industries, placing the fight against climate change at the heart of Europe’s future job creation and growth strategy.
The European Green Deal and EU commitment to achieving climate neutrality by 2050 have therefore taken on a whole new dimension. Could it be the gateway to sustainable growth? Creating jobs and new businesses, while ensuring a heathier and more secure environment for all Europeans?
The European solar sector has demonstrated its immense growth potential, and its resilience to drive sustainable growth in the long-term. But there is so much more to harvest. Solar energy is the most job-intensive energy source, with the potential of creating more than 4 million jobs globally by 2050. It is also the most versatile and affordable energy source in history, supporting the competitiveness of EU businesses, the sustainability of European homes, and providing benefits well beyond the energy sector.
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