Wednesday 28 Nov. 2018

Understanding our Future: The Role of Europe in a Changing Climate for Research

Event Time: 16:30 - 18:30
Location: Room JAN 4Q2, European Parliament, Brussels

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The Role of Europe in a Changing Climate for Research

Wednesday 28th November 2018, 16:30 – 18:30

Room 4Q2, European Parliament, Brussels

Seb Dance MEPFredrick Federley MEP, the Bellona Foundation and the Center for American Progress are delighted to invite you to a Hearing on the global outlook for climate science.

Since President Trump took office in the United States, the future of U.S. funding for climate research and essential atmospheric and earth data collection has been thrown into turmoil. Proposals for the U.S. Federal Budget have seen funding cuts of as much as 16.8% between 2017 and 2018, which not only risks setting-back progress and understanding in the U.S., but has critical ramifications on the international stage, including for the European Union. Indeed, almost half of all satellites monitoring the climate are run by US Administrations and are at risk of funding cuts.

On Wednesday 28th November, John Podesta, Founder of Center for American Progress, will discuss latest developments in the U.S. and offer a call-to-arms to Europe to step-up it’s support for climate science. Drawing on his insights and experience as Chief of Staff to President Clinton, and as Counsellor to President Obama, Podesta is set to offer an invaluable perspective to Members of the European Parliament alongside a selection of other senior European stakeholders.

Further information will be available here within the coming days

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Monday 26 Nov. 2018

Industry in a Changing Climate

Event Time: 9:00 - 11:30
Location: Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU, Rue Montoyer 47, Brussels

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Did you know that European industry emissions are already larger than total coal power emissions in the EU? Did you also know that one in five jobs in Europe is in industry (50 million in total), which generates almost a quarter of Europe’s GDP? This means that 20% of Europe’s workforce and the basis of our welfare depend on a successful transition to a low-carbon economy.
As other sectors modernise and decarbonise, industry will increasingly be exposed to demands for steep and rapid emission cuts. While there are many options that appear to address the issue of industrial emissions, only few have the potential to reduce emissions and even fewer can do so at scale. None are silver bullets. One certainty is that EU industry, unions and political leaders need to provide the basic climate infrastructure today that enables the low-carbon future and safeguards jobs tomorrow.
We look forward to welcoming you to this important discussion.

Where: Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rue Montoyer 47, 1000 Brussels

When: 26 November 2018, 09:00 – 11:30


09:00 – 09:30 Registration and breakfast

09:30 – 09:35 Welcome speech, Dr. Ralf Kuder, NRW Landesvertretung

09:35 – 09:45 Decarbonising the backbone of European economy

09:45 – 09:55 Guido Nelissen, IndustriALL

09:55 – 10:05 Rob van der Meer, HeidelbergCement

10:05 – 10:10 Near term actions, long term vision

10:10 – 10:20 Antje Fiehn, BDI

10:20 – 10:25 Policy helping jobs, climate and industry

10:25 – 10:35 DG Clima (tbc)

10:35 – 10:50 Real Projects for Real Climate Action

Inputs by Porthos, Acorn and Fortum/Northern Lights

10:50 – 11:25 Panel discussion and Q&A

Sam van den Plas, WWF

Guido Nelissen, IndustriALL

E3G (tbc)

11:25 – 11:30 Concluding remarks, Jonas Helseth, Director of Bellona Europa


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