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The conditions in the Arctic are changing. Development of resources and consequent increased transport along the Northern Sea route might have severe consequences for the environment in the Arctic. What are the prognoses for such activity, and how can transport along the Northern sea route be as environmentally friendly as possible? Join Bellona, as we look at the potential future of resource exploration in Arctic and along the Northern Sea route, and decide how to make our choice from the Arctic Fuel menu.
Frederic Hauge, Founder and General Director of the Bellona Foundation
Section 1: The future of the Arctic and the case of the Northern sea route
Section 2: The Arctic Fuel menu
Section 3: Questions and discussion
Short bios on the speakers and companies
Vyacheslav V. Ruksha, Deputy Director of ROSATOM and Director for the Northern Sea Route (NSR) Directorate of ROSATOM
V. V. Ruksha graduated from the Admiral S. O. Makarov Leningrad Higher Engineering Naval School of the Order of the October Revolution in 1976. He held positions of an adviser of the president of JSC Russian Railways, head of the Federal Marine and River Transport Agency, first deputy minister of transport of the Russian Federation, and director general of JSC Murmansk Shipping Company. Since the establishing of the company in 2008 and its merger with ROSATOM, he was the Director General of FSUE Atomflot, before taking the reins in the NSR Directorate of Rosatom in 2018.
Dr. Mikhail Grigoryev, Co-owner and the director of the consulting company GECON
Dr. Grigoryev is an experienced geologist, with background from Arctic Oil and Gas Geology Division, All-Russian Research Institute for Geology and Mineral Resources of the Ocean (Ministry of Geology / Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation), and field experience from 12 Arctic expeditions. He has also served as Director of the Institute for Geology and Development of Fossil Fuels (Ministry of Fuel and Energy of the Russian Federation), before he became Director of the consulting company GECON, heading up analysis of the current state and prospects for the development of mineral resources and hydrocarbons. Dr. Grigoryev is also a member of the Scientific council of Security council of the Russian Federation, as well as a full member of the oil and gas branch of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.
Frederic Hauge founded Bellona in 1986, at the age of twenty. Through academic work, legal action and non-violent activism, Bellona has changed the opinion and set the agenda on environmental issues in Norway for almost three decades. The work of the Bellona Foundation has led to concrete changes in environmental policy and awareness among political and business leaders, both in Norway and internationally.
The Norwegian Ice Service
The Meteorological Institute of Norway (MET) runs the Norwegian Ice Service, which is part of MET Norway’s Forecasting Division for Northern Norway in Tromsø. The Ice Service provides daily (working day, Monday-Friday) ice charts for the European sector of the Arctic, with an emphasis on Spitsbergen (Svalbard) which is covered in detail using different synthetic aperture radar satellites including the Copernicus Sentinel-1 SAR. The Ice Service analysts study the current conditions primarily from satellite data and provide ice charts, ice-edge information, and an overview of sea surface temperatures.
Sovcomflot is Russia’s largest shipping company, and one of the global leaders in the maritime transportation of hydrocarbons, as well as the servicing and support of offshore exploration and oil & gas production. The company’s fleet (owned & chartered) specialises in hydrocarbon transportation from regions with challenging icy conditions and includes 144 vessels with a combined deadweight of 12,484,320 tonnes with the average age of 8 years. A third of these vessels have a high ice class.
Hurtigruten is the world leader in exploration travel, and the world’s largest expedition cruise company. Hurtigruten is setting a new industry standard by building the world’s first hybrid-powered expedition cruise ships. These ships will be the backbone in a greener and more advanced fleet of expedition cruise ships than the cruise industry has ever seen before. Hurtigruten implemented a voluntary ban of heavy fuel oil a decade ago and is advocating for the rest of the world to follow.
Organised by BELLONA
For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, firstname.lastname@example.org
An official COP24 side event co-organised by The Bellona Foundation and REScoop.eu
WHERE: Vienna Room, EU Pavilion, Katowice, Poland
WHEN: 10:30 – 12:00, 14 December 2018
European transport today is almost exclusively fuelled by imported oil, accounts for a quarter of the European Union’s total emissions and is the only sector whose emissions are still on the rise. The shift away from fossil fuel driven private modes of mobility towards shared mobility based on human power and renewable energy sources therefore holds significant promise for the future. The ‘smart charging’ of electric vehicles will be key to enabling them to work in harmony with the grid while accelerating the uptake of self-consumption in residential buildings and lowering costs for consumers. In a decentralised and smart energy system, together with renewable energy sources, new technologies such as electro-mobility and its charging infrastructure are gaining importance. An ambitious and forward-looking EU policy framework will be key to ensuring a coherent approach and level playing field for all actors from national and local policy makers, to industry, and citizens.
10:30 Teodora Serafimova, Policy Manager Electromobility, Bellona Europa
10:40 Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Member of European Parliament, S&D Group
10:50 Marcin Korolec, Head of Electric Vehicles Promotion Foundation, Poland
11:00 Vaiva Indilaite, Project Manager, WiseGRID
11:10 Panel discussion and Q&A (50 mins)
Moderated by Mark Preston Aragonès, Bellona Europa
For further information about the event please contact Teodora Serafimova (email@example.com)
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UNDERSTANDING OUR FUTURE
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 MEP, Fredrick 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.
16:30 – 16:40 Introductory Remarks
16:40 – 16:50 Opening remarks
16:50 – 17:20 Keynote speech
17:20 – 17:40 Panel discussion
17.40 – 18:00 Q&A
18:00 – 18:10 Closing Remarks
If you have any trouble registering, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – 10:00 Decarbonising the backbone of European economy, Justus Andreas, Bellona
Guido Nelissen, IndustriALL
10:00 – 10:20 Near term actions, long term vision, Ana Serdoner, Bellona
Antje Fiehn, BDI
10:20 – 10:50 Policy helping jobs, climate and industry, Keith Whiriskey, Bellona
Rob van der Meer, HeidelbergCement
Johnny Stuen, Fortum
10:50 – 11:25 Panel discussion and Q&A, Moderator: Jonas Helseth
Sam van den Plas, WWF
Guido Nelissen, IndustriALL
Manon Dufour, E3G
11:25 – 11:30 Concluding remarks, Jonas Helseth, Director of Bellona Europa
Bellona and MEP Seb Dance (S&D) have the pleasure of inviting you to a conference in the European Parliament, Brussels, on May 24th, ‘Building greener and more liveable cities: the role of zero emission construction sites’.
Lene Lad Johansen, Smart Oslo, Oslo Kommune
Matija Matokovic, Policy Officer for Innovation and Public Procurement, DG GROW;
Josefina Lindblom, Policy Officer for Sustainable Buildings, DG ENV;
Erik Sollerud, Managing Director, PON Equipment Norway;
Tim Pryce, Interim Programme Director for Energy and Buildings, C40 Cities;
Stefanie Wieland, Head of Group Brands, Marketing & Communications, Wacker Neuson Group;
Philipp Fleischer, Head of Product Management, Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH;
Christina Ianssen, Transport Advisor at Bellona Foundation;
Jonas Helseth, Director of Bellona Europa
This conference, approved as an official EU Green Week 2018 Partner event, takes a closer look at zero emission construction sites: an important component to making cities greener and more liveable. Electric mobility is increasingly recognised, among policy makers and industry alike, as the most promising measure to lowering climate-warming CO2 emissions and tackling hazardous air- and noise-pollution in urban areas. Electrification is rapidly becoming an accessible decarbonisation option for not only passenger vehicles, but also buses, trains, urban duty vehicles, ships, and not least the machinery used in the construction and renovation of the built environment.
While it is well known that construction sites are the source of different forms of pollution – including material waste, visible dust, noise, and vibration – construction and demolition sites also produce less obvious pollutants which are of serious concern for human health, namely NO2 and particulate matter. According to the European Environment Agency, environmental noise has contributed to at least 900 000 additional prevalent cases of hypertension in 2011, 43 000 additional cases of hospital admissions and to 10 000 cases of premature mortality each year. The vast majority of this pollution comes from the thousands of diesel diggers, generators and other machines operating on construction sites.
Europe can rid itself of vast amounts of urban pollution by targeting the electrification of construction machinery. A recent Bellona-sponsored study shows that construction sites emit more than 400 000 tonnes of CO₂ per year in Norway alone. This corresponds to the emissions from all passenger cars and lighter vehicles in Oslo, in addition to 5,1 tons of NOx. In recognition of these vast, climate, environmental, and human health implications, Norway has placed ‘zero emission construction sites’ high on its agenda in recent months, and a number of public builders are already investing in and demanding emission-free construction sites. While 25% of emissions in Oslo are from construction machines, the city has a target of reducing emissions by 50% by 2020, and by 95% by 2030. What is more, since 2017, the City Council has set a minimum requirement of fossil-free construction sites in public procurement procedures.
EU Green Week 2018 offers the unique opportunity to kick-start this important discussion at the EU level.
The EU has already taken a first step to tackling these emissions. Regulation (EU) 2016/1628 aims to progressively reduce emissions from non-road mobile machinery and phase out equipment with the most polluting engines. Drawing on the Norwegian experience, decarbonising the EU construction sector, necessitates a common development course and dialogue between public authorities that are key to facilitating the right regulatory and financial framework, and market participants with hands-on expertise and the resources to deploy the solutions.
In light of this, our conference will gather policy makers, companies and NGOs in a common dialogue, building upon best practices from Norway. Representatives from the city of Oslo, voted European Green Capital in 2019, and construction companies will, together with Bellona discuss policies and solutions, as well as barriers and lessons learnt, for going towards zero emission construction sites.
14:05 Opening remarks Host MEP, Seb Dance (S&D Group)
14:15 Best practices from Oslo Green Capital 2019: How public authorities can play a catalytic role in stirring the transition to zero emission construction sites? – Lene Lad Johansen, Project Leader Smart Oslo, Oslo Kommune
14:25 The full-chain decarbonisation perspective: zero emissions building materials, processes & cities. – Christina Ianssen, Transport Advisor, Bellona Foundation
14:35 Current and future EU policy initiatives: a closer a look at innovative public procurement in fostering zero emission construction – Matija Matokovic, Policy Officer for Innovation and e-Procurement, DG GROW, European Commission
14:45 The state of the art and what policy is needed to deliver zero emission technology – Erik Sollerud, Managing Director, PON Equipment Norway
14:55 Panel discussion and Q&A (45 mins)
15:40 Closing remarks Host MEP, Seb Dance (S&D Group)
Moderated by Jonas Helseth, Director of Bellona Europa
The Platform for Electro-Mobility, of which Bellona is an active member, together with MEP Matthijs van Miltenburg, have the pleasure of inviting you to a conference in the European Parliament, Brussels, on 27 February 2018, ‘One million electric vehicles just around the corner – What next?’
In the coming months, Europe is set to pass the 1 million electric vehicles mark. Considering EVs were virtually absent from the market half a decade ago, this is a stunning achievement which must not hide the fact that electrification of transport will still require some support from policy makers in the coming years.
The European Commission’s mobility package, with the revision of the Clean Vehicles directive, an action plan for the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure and new emission standards for cars and vans is a unique opportunity to lift obstacles to EV purchase.
During this event, speakers will discuss the current status of EV deployment in the EU, and share their insights on what still holds down consumers from switching to electric cars, where and how to deploy a charging infrastructure and what European policy-makers can do to support the transition towards electro-mobility.
Moderator – Greg Archer, Director Clean Vehicles, Transport & Environment
– Monique Goyens, Director General, BEUC
– Infrastructure provider (ABB)
– Benjamin Bailly, e-Bus Director, Alstom
– Public transport operator (UITP)
– Christopher Burghardt, Managing Director Europe, Chargepoint
Learn more about the Platform for Electro-Mobility here.
A European Parliament Conference on Air Pollution and Clean Mobility co-hosted by MEP Seb Dance, MEP Keith Taylor and Bellona Europa
On 23 November at 09:00 Bellona Europa will be co-organising together with MEP Seb Dance (S&D) and MEP Keith Taylor (Greens), a conference on air pollution and clean mobility in the European Parliament.
Focus of the conference:
One in three Europeans living in cities today endure air quality deemed illegal under EU air quality standards: this entails significant financial and economic implications, in terms of increased expenditures on hospital charges, public health spending, reduced labor productivity and pre-mature deaths. Road transport is to blame for the lion’s share of health damaging local air pollution, being the largest source of NOx emissions as well as particulate matter. A recent Bellona report finds that if this heavy, yet unaccounted for, human health cost was to be borne by fossil auto makers we would see a doubling in the average internal combustion engine (ICE) car’s sticker price. This unaffordable personal and economic cost of air pollution underscores the need for strong policy action on EU, national and local levels.
This conference will take a closer look at the role of public authorities in tackling the air pollution-induced human health crisis through stimulating the uptake of zero emission mobility. World-wide 557,000 cities and communities spend roughly €4 trillion per year; the equivalent of 10% of global GDP. This makes cities key to boosting demand for sustainable zero emission mobility. The ongoing revision of the Clean Vehicles Directive offers a once-in-a-decade opportunity to redesign existing EU legislation into a user-friendly and effective tool for the procurement of zero emission electric vehicles and paving the way for cleaner, healthier cities.
09:15 Opening remarks Host MEP, Keith Taylor (Greens Group)
09:25 The tremendous human health cost of conventionally fueled road transport, and how public authorities can play a catalytic role in stirring the market for electro-mobility? Jonas Helseth, Director of Bellona Europa
09:35 A closer look at the city we live in: reflecting citizens’ voices in local and EU legislation. Lievin Chemin, Mobility & Air Quality, Brussels Citizens’ Initiative, BRAL
09:45 Transitioning from niche to mainstream: Getting the right regulatory framework in place & creating supply & demand for clean mobility. Felix von Pechmann, Head of Electric Bus Programme, RATP
09:55 Panel discussion and Q&A (25 mins)
Jef Van Damme, Member of Brussels Parliament (Socialists Group)
Jose Fernandez Garcia, Policy Officer, Clean Transport and Sustainable Urban Mobility, DG MOVE, European Commission
Representative from the Permanent Representation of Denmark to the EU
10:20 Closing remarks Host MEP, Seb Dance (S&D Group)
Moderated by Teodora Serafimova, Policy Manager Electro-Mobility at Bellona Europa
Coffee & tea will be served.
For registration, click here or contact email@example.com
This year’s UN Climate Summit (COP23) will be held in Bonn, Germany 6 – 17 November. The conference will be convened under the Presidency of Fiji, determined to maintain the momentum of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Bellona will be present and arranging several events, notably on CCS and e-mobility.
A program for all Bellona events is available here.
On 12 July at 18:30 Bellona Europa will be organising a movie screening evening of the documentary «There Will Be Water» in the Fairtrade Room of Mundo B. The documentary tells the story of the Sahara Forest Project, and its pursuit of the ambitious vision of greening desert areas whilst producing food, freshwater and clean energy at the same time.
The idea is simple – bring saltwater into the desert – evaporate it by means of the sun and create fresh water, food and energy in desert. But it is 50 degrees in the sun and it seems that every drop of fresh water requires a drop of sweat. The global demand for water is growing while at the same time the world’s available freshwater levels are dropping at alarming rates. More than a 1.5 billion people live in water stressed areas. And, the Middle East is drying up – water scarcity is causing severe political and regional tensions.
Following the movie, stay with us for a short discussion on sustainable growth of biomass. Bellona Europa published earlier this year a report looking into the opportunities and risks of using seaweed and algae cultivation for aviation bio-jetfuel.
See trailer of the documentary here.
Limited number of seats, please register here.
The Platform for Electro-mobility, of which Bellona is a founding member, is a growing collaborative, multi-stakeholder initiative to accelerate the transition towards sustainable transport by means of electro-mobility. In the framework of the discussions on the “Clean energy for all Europeans” package, our 25 members believe that electro-mobility is one of the main levers to achieve the European Union’s goals to decarbonise the economy, increase energy security and foster innovation and competitiveness in Europe’s core industries.
Bellona Foundation President Frederic Hauge will feature among the event’s panelists to share Bellona’s experience in fostering the electric revolution in Norway, and how EU countries can draw lessons and replicate best practices.
The event will bring together high-level representatives of the European Institutions, EU member states and experts to discuss the role of electro-mobility in Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy and in fostering economic growth.
When ? Tuesday 28 March 2017 from 5.30 to 8.00 pm
Where ? European Parliament, Members’ salon
18:00 Event starts with keynote speeches from MEPs and EU high level Rep.
18:30 Panel discussion followed by Q&A session
20.00 Event ends
Keen to learn more about our platform ?
Visit the Platform’s website: http://www.platformelectromobility.eu/
Manufacturing Our Future: Industries, EU Regions and Climate
When: 13 October 2016
Where: CEN CENELEC Meeting Centre, Avenue Marnix 17b, Brussels, Belgium
Lunch: 12:30 – 13:30
Time: 12:30 – 17:15
Just and achievable industrial decarbonisation
2015 was the hottest year since records began, at 0.76° Celsius above the 1961-1990 average. In the same year, governments from around the globe concluded an ambition to halt global warming at 1.5° and a maximum 2° Celsius.
Industrial Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (iCCUS) will be an important pillar in deeply decarbonising European industrial products. Sectors such as Steel, Cement, Refining, Fertiliser production, Waste to Energy and Chemicals all require CO2 transport, CO2 utilisation and storage networks to radically improve climate performance.
Current EU and national policies have so far not given the needed signals for European industry to invest in CCUS projects. A societally and climactically disastrous choice is emerging; to decarbonise or to retain industrial production and employment: This is a false choice. A change in approach is required to enable the decarbonisation of strategic European industries.
Speakers from European industry, labour unions and regional and European policy makers will describe their approach to enabling decarbonisation of industry, while maintain competitiveness and advancing investment.
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch & coffee
13:30 – 13:40 Welcome introduction – Jonas Helseth, Director, Bellona Europa
13:40 – 13:50 Industrial decarbonisation – Martin Porter, Executive Director Industrial Innovation and EU Affairs, European Climate Foundation and i24c
13:50 – 14:00 Linking EU climate and industrial policies: ensuring a just transition – Jude Kirton-Darling MEP
14:00 – 14:15 Industrial regions and climate policies: trade union’s perspectives – Benjamin Denis, Advisor, ETUC
14:15 – 14:30 The European cement industry and climate action – Rob Van der Meer, Director Public Affairs, Global Environmental Sustainability, HeidelbergCement
14:30 – 14:45 The European steel industry and climate action – Robert Jan Jeekel, Head of EU Institutional Affairs, ArcelorMittal
14:45 – 15:00 General discussion / Q&A Session 1 – led by Jonas Helseth
15:00 – 15:20 Coffee & Cake
15:20 – 15:40 Report launch: Manufacturing our Future: report on industries, EU regions and climate – Keith Whiriskey, Technology Manager, Bellona Europa
15:40 – 16:00 Norwegian CCS strategy – Kristin Myskja, Assistant Director General, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
16:00 – 16:15 EU action to strengthen EU industries while enabling deep decarbonisation – Vladimir Zuberec, Policy Officer – New Energy Technologies, Innovation and Clean Coal, DG ENER, European Commission
16:15 – 16:30 Rotterdam CO2 cluster development – Ernest Groensmit, Senior Advisor Business Development, The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
16:30 – 16:45 Reigniting the debate on industrial decarbonisation through CC(U)S in Germany – Prof. Hans-Joachim Kümpel, Acatech
16:45 – 17:00 General Discussion / Q&A Session 2 – led by Christoph Wollf, Managing Director, European Climate Foundation
17:00 – 17:15 Closing statements – Jonas Helseth, Bellona Europa
CEN-CENELEC Management Centre
4th floor: CEN-CENELEC Meeting Centre
Avenue Marnix 17B
By public transport:
From any underground station reach Line N°2 or N°6 and get off at station
Porte de Namur / Naamsepoort
From Brussels South Station (Gare du Midi / Zuidstation),