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The Arctic melt

A wake up call, NOT a business opportunity!


DOCUMENTATION

PRESENTATIONS

In 2010 the Canadian Arctic experienced its warmest year on record. At the end of 2012, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced that the Arctic Sea ice is at record low. Suddenly the area's resources- oil, gas, iron ore, uranium, even diamonds- have never seemed so accessible. Energy and mining companies are now descending on the north, viewing the melt as a big business opportunity. 

But are those really worth the risks? Do we really want to continue investing in fossil fuels while it has been proven that those are the main cause of global warming? What lessons should we really draw from the Arctic melt? This Greens/EFA conference aims at taking a closer look at the climate impacts in the region, give the chance to both investors and green groups to give their opinion on offshore drilling and finally look at what the role of the EU really is in the region. 


PROGRAMME

9.30 - Introduction by Satu Hassi MEP

9.45 - 10.30 Moderated by Bas Eickhout MEP

I. Ice cap melt - Consequences of climate change - 

  • Prof. Peter Wadhams - Professor of Ocean Physics, and Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge
  • John Patrick Crump, Senior Advisor - Climate Change, GRID-Arendal Polar Centre

10.30 - 11.15 Moderated by Michèle Rivasi MEP

II. Business opportunity in the Arctic - understanding the risks  

  • Nils Andreas Masvie - Vice President Russia & Kazakhstan, Det Norske Veritas
  • Antoine Kedzierski - Policy Officer - transport air pollution and EU transport infrastructure issues - T&E
  • Nicolas Fournier - Policy advisor - Oceana

11.15 - 12.30 Moderated by Indrek Tarand MEP

III. What role for the EU in the Arctic? 

  • Zuzanna Bieniuk Policy officer responsible for the EU Arctic Policy the EU External Action Service
  • Joris Den Blanken  EU climate & Energy policy director- Greenpeace European Unit 

12.30 Conclusion by Yannick Jadot MEP

La fonte de la banquise

un cri d'alarme, PAS une opportunité commerciale !


DOCUMENTATION

PRESENTATIONS

En 2010 l'Arctique canadien a connu un record de températures sans précédent. Fin 2012, l'Organisation météorologique mondiale annonçait que la glace de l'océan Arctique avait atteint son niveau le plus bas jamais mesuré. Les ressources de cette région - pétrole, gaz, minerai de fer, uranium et même diamants - apparaissent soudainement comme facilement accessible. Les compagnies minières et d'énergies font à présent marche vers le nord, voyant cette fonte comme une incroyable opportunité financière.

Mais les risques en valent-ils vraiment la peine ? Souhaitons-nous réellement continuer à investir dans les énergies fossiles alors qu'il a été prouvé qu'elles sont la cause principale du réchauffement climatique ? Quelles leçons devons-nous tirer de la fonte de l'Arctique ? Cette conférence des Verts/ALE tente de mesurer les impacts du changement climatique dans cette région, à donner l'opportunité aux investisseurs comme aux groupes écologistes de faire connaitre leurs positions sur le forage en mer et enfin, de voir quel est et quel pourrait-être le rôle de l'Union européenne dans cette région.

PROGRAMME (disponible qu'en anglais)

9.30 - Introduction by Satu Hassi MEP

9.45 - 10.30 Moderated by Bas Eickhout MEP

I. Ice cap melt - Consequences of climate change - 

  • Prof. Peter Wadhams - Professor of Ocean Physics, and Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge
  • John Patrick Crump, Senior Advisor - Climate Change, GRID-Arendal Polar Centre

10.30 - 11.15 Moderated by Michèle Rivasi MEP

II. Business opportunity in the Arctic - understanding the risks  

  • Nils Andreas Masvie - Vice President Russia & Kazakhstan, Det Norske Veritas
  • Antoine Kedzierski - Policy Officer - transport air pollution and EU transport infrastructure issues - T&E
  • Nicolas Fournier - Policy advisor - Oceana

11.15 - 12.30 Moderated by Indrek Tarand MEP

III. What role for the EU in the Arctic? 

  • Zuzanna Bieniuk Policy officer responsible for the EU Arctic Policy the EU External Action Service
  • Joris Den Blanken  EU climate & Energy policy director- Greenpeace European Unit 

12.30 Conclusion by Yannick Jadot MEP