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10 years of the Green Growth Partnership: where next for the EU's climate and industry ambition?

The event was held in a hybrid format: physically in Brussels and online.

The 2023 Green Growth Summit brought together high-level Member State representatives from the Green Growth Group, the EU institutions, and business. The Summit marked the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Green Growth Partnership (GGP). 

The GGP is convened by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and provides a forum to promote positive exchange between progressive European governments and businesses, with regular involvement of like-minded parliamentarians, and other key stakeholders and opinion formers, determined to support the development of a climate neutral and prosperous Europe.  

Speakers reflected on the main milestones and achievements of the EU’s climate policy in the last decade and on how the EU can build on this legacy to achieve the transition towards climate neutrality while increasing competitiveness and prosperity. Themes that were addressed included the EU climate target for 2040, the Green Deal as a compass for the EU’s future competitiveness and the international implications of EU policies and expectations for COP28.

The full programme is available here.

Event handout: Meet the speakers.

Full summary available here.

Speakers include:

  • Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria (video message)
  • Teresa Ribera Rodríguez, Third Vice-President of the Government of Spain and Minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (video message)
  • Uroš Vajgl, State Secretary for Environment and Climate, Slovenia
  • Ambassador Barbara Cullinane, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU
  • Ambassador Pierre Cartuyvels, Deputy Permanent Representative of Belgium to the EU
  • Berthold Goeke, Representing Head of Climate Department, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Germany
  • Kristi Klaas, Deputy Director General for the Green Transition, Ministry of Climate, Estonia
  • Bas Eickhout, MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
  • Christophe Grudler, MEP, Renew Europe Group
  • Ville Niinistö, MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
  • Kurt Vandenberghe, Director General, DG Climate Action, European Commission
  • Simon Henzell-Thomas, Global Director Climate & Nature, Ingka Group (IKEA)
  • Rafael Mateo Alcalá, CEO, ACCIONA Energía
  • Megan Mitrevski Dale, Director, Environmental Sustainability, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
  • Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs, Signify, and Chair, CLG Europe
  • Dr. Kimmo Järvinen, Head of European Governmental Affairs, SSAB 
  • María Mendiluce, CEO, We Mean Business Coalition
  • Dr. Laura Diaz Anadon, Chaired Professor of Climate Change Policy, University of Cambridge, & Vice-Chair, European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change 
  • Ursula Woodburn, Director, CLG Europe and the Green Growth Partnership

The event was moderated by Maria Tadeo, Europe correspondent, Bloomberg TV, and John Ainger, Climate and Energy Reporter, Bloomberg News.

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This project is kindly supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, the Ministry of the Environment of Finland, and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Action of the Portuguese Republic.

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