“I want Next Generation EU to create new European hydrogen valleys, to modernise our industries, to power our vehicles, and to bring new life to our rural areas,” von der Leyen told the EU Parliament in her State of the Union Speech. “This is why we will set up a new European Bauhaus, a co-creation space, where architects, artists, students, engineers, designers, work together to make that happen.”
Von der Leyen also announced plans for green hydrogen projects for hard-to-decarbonise industries that would help the EU push down greenhouse gas emissions in buildings and industry. The plans are part of the commission’s €670bn Next Generation EU recovery plan as the continent aims to emerge from the pandemic.
Von der Leyen said that a new European Bauhaus would enable the development of a more sustainable approach towards manufacturing and construction. “I will insist that recovery plans not only bring us out of the crisis, but also help us propel Europe forward in the world of tomorrow,” she said. The commission hopes that the plans will enable it to hit its goal of achieving a 55 per cent emissions cut by 2030.
“This is not just an environmental or economic project: it needs to be a new cultural project for Europe. Every movement has its own look and feel. And we need to give our systemic change its own distinct aesthetic – to match style with sustainability.”