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Subject: Building a bridge to a new climate deal: The EU and the carbon market challenge

Date: Tuesday 22 January 2013

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Location: Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU, Rue Montoyer 47, Brussels

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Background

 
The EU faces some very tough challenges to its climate change policy over the next two years.

It has been a leader in international efforts to agree a global deal to tackle climate change and it wants to get agreement on a new international treaty to succeed the Kyoto protocol by the end of 2014. The results of the most recent climate summit in Doha in December provide limited grounds for optimism about the prospects of agreeing an ambitious deal. The summit was marked by divisions between developed and developing countries over a range of difficult issues.

Connie Hedegaard, the European commissioner for climate action, says that the Doha meeting and the summits planned for this year and next should be seen as “bridges” between the Kyoto protocol and a new global deal.

Negotiations on a new global deal will intensify over the next two years. During those talks, the EU will continue to argue strongly that market-based mechanisms, known as cap-and-trade schemes, are an essential tool to provide incentives for industry and businesses to cut their emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. The EU will extend co-operation with other countries that have introduced carbon trading schemes and try to link up the ETS with similar instruments such as those in California, Australia and Japan.

At the same time, the EU is taking steps to strengthen its own emissions trading scheme (ETS). The Commission has proposed a number of measures to support the carbon market including delaying auctioning of emissions credits as well as other structural changes to how the scheme operates.

This event will be an opportunity to discuss the prospects for a new international agreement on climate change following the Doha summit. One of the main focuses of the event will be the role of carbon pricing in reducing emissions and the options and prospects for reaching agreement to strengthen the EU’s current system both in the short and long term.

 

Timing

 

 18.00-18.30  Welcome of participants and registration

18.30-18.35  Introduction of participants by Dave Keating, energy reporter, European Voice

18.35-19.05  Panel discussion

  • Connie Hedegaard, commissioner for climate action, European Commission;
  • Matthias Groote MEP, chairman of the committee on the environment, public health and food safety, European Parliament;
  • William Garcia, executive director, energy, HSE and logistics, CEFIC;
  • Karolina Ostrzyniewska, deputy permanent representative of Poland to the EU;
  • Tom Brookes, director, energy strategy centre, European Climate Foundation.

19.05-19.55  Debate (audience participation strongly encouraged)

19.55-20.00  Conclusions by David Hone, senior climate change adviser, Shell

20.00  Networking reception.

Event Panel/Moderator


Connie Hedegaard

Connie Hedegaard

Connie Hedegaard is the European Commissioner for climate action, a position she holds since February 2010. A Member of the Conservative People's Party, she was first elected a member of the Folketing, the Danish parliament, in 1984. In 1990, she took a break from politics to pursue a career in journalism. Over the next 14 years, she worked as a journalist at Berlingske Tidende. She then took the post of director of DR Radio News, was an anchor for the TV news program ‘Deadline’, and a columnist at the newspaper Politiken. She returned to politics in 2004, she became minister of the environment. In 2005, she was again elected to the Folketing and took over the function of minister for Nordic cooperation. In November 2007, she was appointed minister for climate and energy. On behalf of Denmark, she hosted the U.N. conference on climate change in Copenhagen in 2009. She holds a Masters degree in literature and history from the University of Copenhagen.

Matthias Groote MEP

Matthias Groote MEP

Matthias Groote MEP is chairing the European Parliament's committee on the environment, public health and food safety. He has been a Member of the European Parliament for Germany's social democratic party (SPD) since 2005.

His parliamentary work focuses primarily on European climate policy, European environmental policy and energy issues. Besides his role in the environment committee, he is also a substitute member of the committee on industry, research and energy.

In parallel to his political activities at the European level, he also serves as a local councillor in his constituency of Ostrhauderfehn (since 1996), as a member of the Leer district council (since 2001) and he chairs the Ostrhauderfehn SPD council group (since 2001).

Prior to serving as an MEP, Matthias Groote was working as a sales and mechanical engineer in the field of plant construction, after graduating as an industrial engineer from the University of Applied Sciences in Wilhelmshaven (Germany). Before studying, he completed a vocational training as a mechanical engineer at Deutsche Bahn AG.

William Garcia

William Garcia

William Garcia is Executive Director - Energy, HSE and Logistics at CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council.

Before joining CEFIC, William was staff director in charge of global operational excellence with LyondellBasell (LBI), leading the manufacturing management processes integration and auditing initiative. Former assignments include various manufacturing management positions as site director of one of the LBI manufacturing facility located in Europoort-The Netherlands (450 employees and permanent contractors), as member of the board of directors of LCNBV (Lyondell Dutch entity), as lead operational excellence auditor (Lyondell HQ in Houston, Texas) in charge of new business operational excellence integration effort.

Earlier career history with LyondellBasell predecessor companies (Arco Chem-Lyondell) includes proven reviews in due diligences, M&A. Former responsibilities also include site HSE manager, EPC/startup and operation manager.

He graduated in civil and mechanical engineering from the School of Mines (Ales-France).

Karolina Ostrzyniewska

Karolina Ostrzyniewska

Karolina Ostrzyniewska is Poland's deputy permanent representative to the EU.

She started her career in 1998 when she joined the Office of the Committee for European Integration, a body set-up by the Polish government to coordinate the activities of all ministries and institutions directly involved in the process of Poland's integration with the European Union. She became a civil servant in 2002, and was detached to the European Commission in 2006, where she worked in the directorate-general for the internal market and services.

In 2008, she was appointed deputy permanent representative of Poland to the EU.

She holds a Master's degree in Economics from the Private College of Business and Administration in Warsaw (1998), a Master's degree in Law from the Warsaw University (2001) and followed Ph.D. courses at the Warsaw School of Economics (1998-2001).

 

Tom Brookes

Tom Brookes

Tom Brookes is the head of Energy Strategy Center (ESC), the communications unit of the European Climate Foundation. He has held senior corporate and consultancy posts in government relations and communications.

Conclusions: David Hone

Conclusions: David Hone

David Hone works for Royal Dutch Shell and is the senior climate change adviser in the Shell CO2 team, a position he has held since 2001.

He joined Shell in 1980, to work as a refinery engineer, first in Australia, later in the Netherlands, before becoming the supply economist at the Shell refinery in Sydney. In 1989 he transferred to London to work as an oil trader in Shell Trading and held a number of senior positions in that organisation until 2001.

He is currently the chairman of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), a global business organisation of some 160 companies that focuses on the development of carbon markets. He works closely with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and has been a lead author of a number of its climate
change publications.

He graduated as a chemical engineer from the University of Adelaide in South Australia.

Moderator: Dave Keating

Moderator: Dave Keating

Dave Keating reports on the interrelated issues of environment, energy, climate change, transport, health, agriculture, fisheries and research for European Voice.

Originally from outside New York City, Dave has lived in Europe for six years. Having previously covered US politics in Washington, Dave specializes is drawing comparisons between the American federal system and the European Union.

Dave has covered the courtrooms of Chicago, the halls of the US congress, the streets of New York City and the board rooms of the City of London. As a broadcast journalist, Dave has worked as a line producer for a weekly newscast, a show producer for newsmagazine specials and a segment producer for live news panels and interviews.

Outside of journalism, Dave has worked as a documentary filmmaking instructor and directed a weekly talk show in New York. Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in Film/Television and History. He also holds a Masters of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

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