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Green education initiatives

The European Union is encouraging and supporting the education and training sector to take action for a greener, more sustainable future and to build the sustainability competences of learners.

Support for the green and digital transitions is a priority area for EU policy cooperation in education.

Why green education is important

The move to a climate-neutral EU will have significant social, economic and employment impacts. A socially just transformation needs people to have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to shape and cope with profound change. Education and training systems and institutions can act as catalysts and support a shift to a more sustainable society.

A wide range of initiatives and actions on the environment and sustainability are taking place in education and training across Europe. They reflect progress and growing public interest, but more needs to be done so that learning for sustainability becomes a systemic feature of education policy and practice in the EU.

What the EU is doing