|Climate change poses one of the greatest anthropogenic threats to modern life across the globe. The risks include biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, meteorological extremes, instability of global food systems, floods, droughts, and the irreversible modification of our living environment. Despite Europe’s rhetorical commitment to fighting climate change, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) estimates that surface temperatures are projected to rise over the 21st century under all assessed emission scenarios.
Furthermore, the European Environment Agency estimates that the total reported economic damage caused by climate-related extremes in Europe over the last four decades is close to 400 billion Euros. Thus, mitigating climate change is now a political and economic necessity, despite a recent rise of climate-sceptic governance and severe disagreement on how the costs of mitigation will be distributed. It is imperative that the EU steps up with ambitious targets and becomes a world leader in an inclusive energy transition.
Adaption and Mitigation in an Uncertain World
Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre, Brussels
Wednesday 5th July 2017
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In 2014 the European Commission introduced the 2030 Climate and Energy Package, setting out three key targets; a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, a 27% target for renewable energy use, and a 27% increase in energy efficiency. Forthcoming legislative changes also include modifications to the EU-ETS (Emissions Trading System), and the Effort Sharing Regulation. These efforts underpin ambitions for a low carbon economy by 2050, with the EU aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels. However, the Commission calculates that the realisation of this objective would require a projected additional investment of €270 billion.
There is no silver bullet in climate policy, and Europe takes a multi-dimensional approach to tackling the issue. At the global level, the Paris Agreement, signed by 195 nations, came into force in November 2016, aiming to limit further temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius. With the stakes so high, many outstanding challenges remain, such as guaranteeing a successful transition to low-carbon technologies, ensuring clean, secure, renewable energy supplies, and delivering change in a cost efficient and timely manner. Such legislative changes will impact businesses, corporations, consumers and civil society alike, demonstrating the need for clear and effective dialogue.
This international symposium will provide delegates with an invaluable opportunity to assess Europe’s approach to tackling climate change and discuss possible pathways for innovation, adaption and mitigation. The event will also enable delegates to share best practice and knowledge on strategies for an inclusive and socially responsible transition to clean energy sources. The conference will support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate.
Analyse the EU’s current approach to fighting climate change, and progress made towards2030 targets
Explore possible innovative solutions and mechanisms for businesses to limit GHG emissions
Share up-to-date knowledge of climate mitigation and adaption strategies and the role of climate finance in fostering transitions to low-carbon technology
Share best practices and exchange ideas on managing aviation emissions and the functioning of market based mechanisms to address climate change
Gain knowledge and insights on the future Clean Energy Package and the state of the Energy Union
Take part in lively and interactive discussions with key stakeholders in the field of climate and environmental policy
Build partnerships for cross border collaboration in the field of climate adaption
Assess how to pre-empt and collaboratively address emerging risks
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