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Green Race to Durban- Artwork:Joël Christophe

The Green Race to Durban and Beyond

A debate on comparability, competitiveness and compatibility of climate actions around the world
Le 9 novembre 2011 de 10h30 à 20h00
European Parliament - Room P3C50
60 rue Wiertz - 1047 Brussels

The Green race to Durban and Beyond

- A debate on comparability, competitiveness and compatibility of climate actions around the world -






Introduction - Rebecca Harms, Co-President of the Greens/EFA group & Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International



I. Speeding up the climate effort (comparability) (2h)

  1. Stabilising the Earth's Climate - the Scientific Dimension
    Rajendra Kumar Pachauri  Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  2. Europe and China: who is faster in implementing climate change policies?
    Dr. Niklas Höhne - Director of Energy and Climate Policy at Ecofys - Climate action Tracker

Moderator Leigh Phillips - journalist - EU Observer 

Special guests

  • Samantha Smith - Leader of the Global Climate & Energy Initiative WWF- Norway
  • Alfredo Sirkis - Member of the Parliament, Brazil - Chairman of the Congress Sub-commission for the Rio + 20 Conference and member of the Foreign Affairs and National Defence Commission.
  • Folker Franz- Industrial Affairs Director Busines Europe
  • Bas Eickhout - MEP



Lunch with guests (on invitation only)(2h)



II. Embracing the 'Green race' (competition) (1h45)

  1. Greening the global energy supply: which countries are the most attractive for investment in renewable generation?
    Phil Dominy - Senior Executive - Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index Ernst & Young
  2. What type of Green economy is needed to respond to global competition and financial crises?
    Professor Jim Watson - Director, Sussex Energy Group; Research Fellow, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. University of Sussex. Brighton

Moderator - Joshua Chaffin - journalist - Financial Times

Special guests

  • Dr. Lawrence Jones, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Policy & Industry Relations, Alstom Grid
  • Christopher Burghardt - Vice President Government Affairs EMEA, First Solar inc.
  • Sharan Burrow - General Secretary - International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Yannick Jadot - MEP



 III. From competition to partnership (compatibility) (1h45)

  1. EU expectations for Durban
    Connie Hedegaard, EU Climate Commissioner
  2. Low carbon regimes. European strategies and global partners.
    Claus Leggewie from WBGU (German Advisory Council on Climate Change)

Moderator Fiona Harvey- journalist - Guardian

Special guests

  • Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International
  • Vicente Yu- Programme Coordinator of the Global Governance for Development Programmeof South Center
  • Jennifer Morgan - Director, Climate and Energy Program, World Resources Institute
  • Satu Hassi - MEP



Conclusions - Christiana Figueres - Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC and Rebecca Harms, Greens/EFA Co-President



Opening of the photography exhibition 'What would you save in a flood' (Altiero Spinelli Building G1/ balcony) and drinks with all participants

Plus d'information :

Delphine Chalençon

Responsable de la campagne 'changements climatiques'
Tél. Bruxelles +32-2-2843140
Tél. Strasbourg +33-3-88173691