The EU has been a pioneer in green technologies for decades, but China is rapidly catching up in eco-innovation, explains Prof Dr Raimund Bleischwitz
The EU has been a proud pioneer in green technologies since the 1970s. International milestones such as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change signed in 2015 confirm leadership and ambitions. Yet, the EU has recently been crippled following concerns over migration and struggles with the state of the union itself – absorbed by managing Brexit and sweeping populism. As a result, the EU’s pioneering spirit in environmental action seems to vanish, and forces of fragmentation appear stronger than attempts for integration. So, what’s the evidence of green shifts and what trends may come up?