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18 June: Advisory Council I: Report to Ministers on Energy Security and the 2030 Climate & Energy Package

Low Carbon Energy Union infographic

The Advisory Council I of the Green Growth Platform has released a report pointing to the benefits of a low carbon union.

This respected group of advisors from esteemed international organisations, some members of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and academic experts makes a number of recommendations to Ministers and their governments in the run up to the European Council energy security discussions next week. It is one output from a series of different advisory group discussions. Note it does not represent the views of all of the Advisory Councils to the Platform nor the different stakeholders.

Download the report, Advisory Council I: Report to Ministers, Energy Security & the 2030 Climate & Energy Package (pdf).

Download the infographic (pdf).

Download the press release.

19 March 2014: Report from Chairs, Green Growth Platform Advisory Council I

Advisory Council I of the Green Growth Platform has released a report to the Green Growth Ministers on their discussions so far around the 2030 EU Climate and Energy Package and links to growth, jobs and competitiveness.

The Advisory Council functions as an ongoing consultative process with European and global experts, business leaders, and associations with a view to reporting to the Ministerial Green Growth Group. Advisory Council I (Chair Laurence Tubiana, IDDRI & Alex Bowen, Grantham Institute) focuses on the economics of growth, jobs and competitiveness whereas Advisory Council II (Chair Philippe Joubert, EU CLG) focuses on climate & energy policy and the role of energy intensive and low carbon sectors.

Participants in Advisory Council I Discussions

Juan Ramon Silva Ferrada, Acciona

Oliver Rapf, Buildings Performance Institute Europe

Sandrine Dixson-Declève & Helen Spence-Jackson, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Jill Duggan, Doosan Babcock

Alex Chirmiciu, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Thomas Fricke and Erica Hope, European Climate Foundation (ECF)

Jean-Yves Caneill, Electricité de France (EDF)

Christopher Knowles, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Philippe Joubert, EU Corporate Leaders Group (EU CLG)

Alex Bowen, Grantham Research Institute

Laurence Tubiana and Thomas Spencer, The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)

Laura Cozzi, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Keywan Riahi, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Helen Muntford and Nathalie Girouard, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

David Hone, Shell

Michael Grubb, University of Cambridge

Tomas Wyns, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Download the report (pdf).

3 March 2014: European Green Growth Summit II

Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Denmark; Helen Mountford, Deputy Director, OECD; Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK. Photo © Dana Schou 2014

Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Denmark; Helen Mountford, Deputy Director, OECD; Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK. Photo © Dana Schou 2014.

On 3 March 2014 the Green Growth Platform held its second Summit at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Summit brought together EU Energy, Climate and Economics Ministers, EU Commission officials, Members of the European Parliament, business leaders, investors and renowned economists to discuss jobs, growth and competitiveness and recent analysis undertaken by the Green Growth Platform.

This event built on the first Green Growth Summit held in October 2013, which explored the potential economic opportunities offered by the 2030 energy and climate policy framework. It has become clear that one of the biggest challenges to an ambitious 2030 package is the largely inaccurate and incomplete picture that is becoming mainstreamed in the public and political narrative, linking energy and climate policies alone to rising energy prices and concerns over EU competitiveness. This ignores much of the wider context, including rises in wholesale oil and gas prices and Europe’s growing fossil fuel import dependency, the benefits to EU competitiveness and energy security that EU climate policies can deliver and the tools at our disposal to improve the cost-effectiveness of future EU energy and climate policies (internal energy market, innovation, early investment certainty etc.).

Johan Van Der Biest, CEO Belgium, Wienerberger; Berry Wiersum, CEO, Sappi Fine Paper Europe S.A. and CEPI Board; Atzo Nicolaï, President DSM Netherlands BV; Philippe Joubert, Chair EU CLG; Maria Van Der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA). Photo © Dana Schou 2014

Johan Van Der Biest, CEO Belgium, Wienerberger; Berry Wiersum, CEO, Sappi Fine Paper Europe S.A. and CEPI Board; Atzo Nicolaï, President DSM Netherlands BV; Philippe Joubert, Chair EU CLG; Maria Van Der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA). Photo © Dana Schou 2014.

Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Director, EU CLG and Executive Director, The Green Growth Platform summarised key next steps as the following:

  • The Platform will go back with the messages heard during the summit and distil them into further activities or analysis needed. These will be added to the Platform’s short- and long-term work plan leading to Paris 2015;

  • To continue to work under Advisory Council 1 on the macro-economics of jobs, growth and competitiveness and to report back to Ministers on the progress of discussions and possible recommendations on how to achieve a strong 2030 package whilst stimulating jobs, growth and competitiveness;

  • To continue to work with the energy-intensive sectors to better understand their key concerns and ways forward with the hope of producing key solutions and possible recommendations;

  • To now bring the power sector into the discussions due to its important role in decarbonisation, and the finance sector to address both public and private funding needs and creative financing options. Two roundtables will be organised over the coming months. 

  • To create an MEP Green Growth Group once the new European Parliament is in session.

Download the Agenda for the Green Growth Summit II (pdf).

28 October 2013: European Green Growth Summit

Carmen Becerril, CIO, Acciona S.A.; Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff of Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UNFCCC; Rt Hon. Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, UK; Jill Duggan, Member of The Executive Committee, Doosan Babcock; H.E. Jorge Moreira da Silva, Minister for Energy & Environment, Portugal

Carmen Becerril, CIO, Acciona S.A.; Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff of Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UNFCCC; Rt Hon. Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, UK; Jill Duggan, Member of The Executive Committee, Doosan Babcock; H.E. Jorge Moreira da Silva, Minister for Energy & Environment, Portugal. Photo © Dana Schou 2013 

The Ministerial Green Growth Group (GGG) hosted a European Green Growth Summit in Brussels on the 28 October, 2013 in the European Parliament. The event brought together Ministers, Commissioners, business leaders, investors, senior economists, officials and experts to explore and promote the economic and wider opportunities that ambitious and immediate EU low carbon ambition can offer the EU. At the Summit, the Ministerial GGG released a Joint Publication (pamphlet) which sets out the over-arching case for why the EU needs to take ambitious and immediate EU low carbon action, co-signed by GGG Ministers. Secretary of State Ed Davey, UK (initiator of the Ministerial Green Growth Group) also announced the Green Growth Platform concept.

Read the press release from the EU CLG.

Read the press release from the Department of Energy & Climate Change: Ministers make joint case for ambitious & immediate EU low carbon action.

Green Growth Summit

Afonso Lobato de Faria, CEO, ADP (Water of Portugal); H.E. Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Minister for the Environment, Estonia; Philippe Joubert, EU CLG Chair and Former President Alstom Power; Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, Former Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change; Alex Bowen, Economist & Principal Research Fellow, Grantham Research Institute, LSE. Photo © Dana Schou 2013

Green Growth Summit

Laurence Tubiana, Economist & Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI); Thomas Reynaert, President, United Technologies International Operations, Europe; Gianfranco Incarnato, Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, Italy; H.E. Federico Ramos de Armas, Secretary of State for the Environment, Spain; Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General, DG Enterprise & Industry, European Commission. Photo © Dana Schou 2013 

About the Green Growth Platform

The Ministerial Green Growth Group with Commissioner Hedegaard, Senior UNFCCC officials, Commission Director Generals, National Government Officials, Admirals, CEOs, investors and economists

The Ministerial Green Growth Group with Commissioner Hedegaard, Senior UNFCCC officials, Commission Director Generals, National Government Officials, Admirals, CEOs, investors and economists. Photo © Dana Schou 2013

The Ministerial Green Growth Group (GGG) is an informal grouping of like-minded energy, environment and climate Ministers from across 13 EU member states who have come together to work towards a pro-growth and pro-climate EU agenda. The group meets regularly to discuss and co-ordinate positions on EU low carbon matters and to promote, with businesses and investors, an ambitious EU decarbonisation growth agenda.

While the EU 2030 Energy and Climate Change Package and EU ETS reform are a priority focus for the Ministerial GGG, the group will look to work together on many other future matters including the agenda of the next Commission, individual dossiers in the next Commission and to build momentum up to the discussions about a post-2020 global climate deal at the UNFCCC meeting in Paris in 2015.

Following the Ministerial GGG’s European Green Growth Summit in October 2013, work is underway with the Ministers to build a forum and network – the Green Growth Platform – through which an ambitious, growth-enhancing and cost-effective EU decarbonisation strategy can be pursued. The objective is, over time, to establish a standing infrastructure which brings together senior politicians, businesses and investors and wider civil society to pursue these objectives.

The EU Corporate Leaders Group (EU CLG) managing committee and the corporate leaders of the EU CLG have been asked to manage and steer the Green Growth Platform.

The Members of the Ministerial GGG

  • Edward Davey MP, Energy and Climate Secretary, UNITED KINGDOM
  • Barbara Hendricks, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation & Nuclear Safety, GERMANY
  • Ségolène Royal, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, FRANCE
  • Gian Luca Galletti, Minister of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, ITALY
  • Miguel Arias Cañete, Minister of Agriculture, Food & the Environment, SPAIN
  • Wilma Mansfeld, Minister for the Environment, NETHERLANDS
  • Jorge Morreira Da Silva, Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, PORTUGAL
  • Melchior Wathelet, Secretary of State for the Environment, BELGIUM
  • Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Energy, Climate and Buildings Minister, DENMARK
  • Lena Ek, Minister for the Environment, SWEDEN
  • Ville Niinistö, Minister of the Environment, FINLAND
  • Dejan Zidan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Environment, SLOVENIA
  • Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Environment Minister, ESTONIA
  • Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, IRELAND

Press Reports on the European Green Growth Summit II, 3 March 2014

Miguel Arias Cañete, Minister of Agriculture, Food & the Environment, Spain; Hon. Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, UK; Lena Ek, Minister for the Environment, Sweden. Photo © Dana Schou 2014.

Miguel Arias Cañete, Minister of Agriculture, Food & the Environment, Spain; Hon. Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, UK; Lena Ek, Minister for the Environment, Sweden. Photo © Dana Schou 2014.

Download the press coverage of the European Green Growth Summit II (pdf with links)

Press Reports on the European Green Growth Summit, 28 October 2013

Green Growth Summit audience

The Green Growth Summit, European Parliament. Photo © Dana Schou 2013

Download the press coverage of the European Green Growth Summit (pdf with links)

Download the press book for the Portuguese press (pdf)

 

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Sandrine Dixson-Declève,
Executive Director Green Growth Platform
Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership,
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T: +32 2 894 93 20
sandrine.dixson@cisl.cam.ac.uk