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A growing wave of support from EU business and policy leaders for a zero emissions future at the Green Growth Summit

last modified Oct 16, 2018 12:27 PM
16 October 2018 – The 2018 GGP Summit, ‘From Here to 2050: taking the long-term view for innovation and transformation’ brought together over 80 Ministers, policy makers, key thinkers, and business leaders, alongside EU Commission officials and Members of the European Parliament, to take stock and discuss the opportunities, challenges and next steps to building an economy fit for the 21st century.

The discussions were shaped by three panels. The first looked at the international and scientific context, asking what’s happening around the world and what still needs to happen. On the day of the summit the IPCC published their Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC. Lead author of this report, Dr Paolo Bertoldi provided an overview of the key outcomes of the report, emphasising the need for maximum peaking at 1.5 and net zero emissions by 2050.

Director for the Green Growth Platform, Eliot Whittington said:

“Today we heard from the IPCC how big the challenge of climate change is but we also know there are other challenges about how we renew our economy, how we develop the industries of the future. This is a moment when we can hear about exiting examples of what’s possible and think about the choices we have to make to seize the best possible future for everyone.”

The second panel discussed action already taking place from business, cities, regions and others, with reflections from José Mendes – First Secretary of State for Environment, Portugal on the country’s plans for the decarbonisation for transport by 2050 and from Eric Soubeiran, Danone’s Global Nature and Climate Senior Director, Danone stressing the need for transformation of the agriculture system in order to achieve a sustainable climate resilient future.

Reflecting on the event Mr Soubeiran said:

“Corporations need to interact with policy makers to have a framework that creates the right market conditions with the right conditions and incentives for them to invest in the low carbon economy. These dialogues are therefore absolutely crucial.”

The third panel focused specifically on the opportunities and challenges ahead for Europe and how we can work together to build a strong and sustainable 21st century economy. Speaking on the panel, Rt Hon Claire Perry MP – Minister of Climate Change and Energy, United Kingdom three key areas the UK is focusing on for collaboration in the transition to a low carbon economy including transforming systems, transforming finance through the G20 task force and through innovation.

The following attendees spoke at the event:

Chair: Jure Leben, Minister for the Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia

Dr Paolo Bertoldi - Lead Author, IPCC Special Report on 1.5 Degrees

Changhua Wu – Director China/Asia, Rifkin Enterprises

Richard Baron – Chief Executive, 2050 Pathways Platform

Karsten Sach – Director General, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Jo Leinen MEP

José Mendes – First Secretary of State for Environment, Portugal

Jane Wilkinson – Head of Sustainable Finance, Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Eric Soubeiran – Global Nature and Climate Senior Director, Danone

Barry Lynham - Group Director of Strategy and Communication, Knauf Insulation

Fredrick Federley MEP

Laurent Michel – Director General on Energy and Climate at the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France

Rt Hon Claire Perry MP – Minister of Climate Change and Energy, United Kingdom

Gonzalo Saenz de Miera – Director of Climate Change, Iberdrola

Mauro Petriccione – Director General, DG Climate Action, European Commission

Claude Turmes, Secretary of State, Luxembourg


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