The European Commission should make its future pandemic recovery plan conditional on commitments to the green transition, says Bendt Bendtsen, a former MEP who is now leading a Danish interest group lobbying for energy efficiency. Energy efficiency measures, including the EU’s upcoming building renovation wave, should be brought under the recovery plan currently being drawn up by the Commission, Bendsten said. At a summit on 26 March, EU leaders asked the EU executive to start preparing “a comprehensive recovery plan” that also integrates the green and digital transitions. EU climate chief Frans Timmermans has since pledged to “work towards a green recovery”, citing clean energy sources as having a crucial role to play in the transition. But environmental activists have gone a step further, urging the Commission to make parts of EU recovery aid conditional on green commitments. “Support from the EU must be made conditional on green initiatives,” Bendtsen said, backing those calls. “I think that’s needed. Because the corona crisis one day will be over but the climate crisis won’t disappear,” he told EURACTIV in a phone interview.
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