EGU24-20830, updated on 18 Apr 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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The European Green Deal Data Space roadmap

Sébastien Denvil1, Marta Gutierrez2, Mark Dietrich2, Nevena Raczko3, Mattia Santoro4, Christian Briese5, and Charis Chatzikyriakou5
Sébastien Denvil et al.
  • 1European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Forecast Department, Reading, United Kingdom of Great Britain – England, Scotland, Wales (
  • 2European Grid Initiative (EGI), Reading UK
  • 3International Data Corporation, Milan, Italy
  • 4National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Italy
  • 5Earth Observation Data Centre For Water Resources Monitoring (EODC), Vienna, Austria

The European Commission has a program to accelerate the Digital Transition and is putting forward a vision based on cloud, common European Data Spaces and AI. As the data space paradigm unfolds across Europe, the Green Deal Data Space emerges. Its foundational pillars are to be built by the GREAT project.

GREAT, the Green Deal Data Space Foundation and its Community of Practice, has the ambitious goal of defining how data with the potential to help combat climate and environmental related challenges, in line with the European Green Deal, can be shared more broadly among many stakeholders, sectors and boundaries, according to European values such as fair access, privacy and security.

The Green Deal Data Space stands at the intersection of two major European policy initiatives: the EU Strategy for Data and the European Green Deal. The GDDS will be designed and implemented to exploit the potential of data to effectively support the Green Deal priority actions, empowering policy makers, businesses, researchers, and citizens, from Europe and around the world, to jointly tackle issues such as climate change, circular economy, zero pollution, biodiversity protection, deforestation and compliance assurance.

Out of the many European Green Deal strategic actions, the GREAT project focussed on three priorities (Biodiversity 2030, Zero Pollution and Climate change), in order to effectively capture the diversity of requirements across the full range of the European Green Deal. These three initiatives are interlinked with other EGD strategic action, approximate the full scope of the GDDS, as well as complementing actions being addressed by other thematic data spaces (such as the “Farm to Fork Strategy” being addressed by the agricultural data space). During the final stage of the roadmap elaboration, circular economy aspects together with the digital product passport concept were considered so that in addition to the Green Deal Policies binding targets, circular economy and digital product pilots and use cases should be instrumental in driving implemtation's decisions.

The implementation roadmap will guide the efforts of multiple actors to converge toward a blueprint technical architecture, a data governance scheme that enables innovative business cases, and an inventory of high value datasets. Data sharing by design and data sovereignty are some of the main principles that will apply from the early stages. This talk will present the final version  of the roadmap, pillars, goals and strategic actions and will seek feedback and collaborations from the EGU community.

How to cite: Denvil, S., Gutierrez, M., Dietrich, M., Raczko, N., Santoro, M., Briese, C., and Chatzikyriakou, C.: The European Green Deal Data Space roadmap, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-20830,, 2024.