The European Green Deal: systemic approach to sustainability (under pressure)

St Patrick's Campus
F218 and online
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On 16 November 2023 the DCU Centre for Climate and Society will host a hyrbid public lecture on The European Green Deal: systemic approach to sustainability (under pressure) by Professor Hans Bruyninckx.

The event will run from 3.00 - 4.00pm in Room F218, F Block, DCU St. Patrick's Campus

For those wishing to join online, please register here.

The European Green Deal has been a game changer in the EU’s approach to environmental and climate policies. Its focus on systemic transitions is deeply embedded in the policy targets, the long-term objectives, the interconnected nature of the policy objectives, and the link with the social and economic dimensions of the green transition. However, given today’s macro-economic challenges and the uncertain geopolitical context the European Green Deal has come under pressure. In his lecture, Hans Bruyninckx will explain why staying the course is crucial for Europe even though political and economic arguments are used to lower ambitions or ‘push the pause button’.

This lecture is supported by the Jean Monnet Network The European Green Deal: Governing the EU’s Transition towards Climate Neutrality and Sustainability (GreenDeal-NET).


Prof Bruyninckx is a Professor of Environmental Governance at the University of Antwerp, a Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore and the former Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA) from 2013-2023.


Prof Hans Bruyninckx


Prof Bruyninckx's academic expertise lies primarily in the field of European and international environmental policy, studying the effects of globalisation on the global governance of environmental issues and sustainable development. He has also studied global production and consumption systems, as well as issues relating to distribution and justice.

Under Prof Bruyninckx's leadership, the EEA transformed its extensive knowledge base into a more policy-oriented format, ensuring its accessibility and relevance to societal and policy debates. During his mandate, the Agency strengthened its relationships with key stakeholders in Brussels and actively supported the European Green Deal, a significant initiative of the EU.