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The EU’s Green Deal: A Third Alternative to Green Growth and Degrowth?

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Department of Public Administration, University of Twente, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522NB Enschede, The Netherlands
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Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University, Nieuwegracht 65, 3512LG Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 9825; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239825
Received: 16 October 2020 / Revised: 17 November 2020 / Accepted: 19 November 2020 / Published: 24 November 2020
In December 2019, the European Union introduced its Green Deal in which the ecological crisis is prioritized. In doing so, the EU seems to be breaking with its traditional green growth discourse. Does it? In this article, we seek to find out whether and to what extent the EC indeed has such a revolutionary cultural, economic and political agenda in mind with its Green Deal. While the green growth discourse presumes a growth-based economy that must become greener, the degrowth discourse questions the growth model and perceives it as ecologically irresponsible. If the European Green Deal represents a third alternative, then it will somehow succeed in prioritizing ecology without welfare loss. To ascertain to what extent the European Green Deal is that third alternative, three preliminary steps need to be undertaken. The first step consists in a brief exposition of the key features of the traditional green growth discourse, as propounded by the EC and its various allies. Thereafter, the overlaps between the green growth discourse and the European Green Deal are noted. In the third section, the latter’s divergences from that previous model are highlighted. In the final section, the main question of the article is answered. It is also suggested that specific interpretations and implementations of the European Green Deal could possibly turn the original communication into an alternative to both green growth and degrowth. View Full-Text
Keywords: degrowth; European Union; Green Deal; green growth; green technologies; power structures degrowth; European Union; Green Deal; green growth; green technologies; power structures
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Ossewaarde, M.; Ossewaarde-Lowtoo, R. The EU’s Green Deal: A Third Alternative to Green Growth and Degrowth? Sustainability 2020, 12, 9825. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239825

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Ossewaarde M, Ossewaarde-Lowtoo R. The EU’s Green Deal: A Third Alternative to Green Growth and Degrowth? Sustainability. 2020; 12(23):9825. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239825

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Ossewaarde, Marinus, and Roshnee Ossewaarde-Lowtoo. 2020. "The EU’s Green Deal: A Third Alternative to Green Growth and Degrowth?" Sustainability 12, no. 23: 9825. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12239825

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