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Green Growth Summit 2022

The annual Green Growth Summit took place on 10 October 2022 in the context of the EU moving rapidly to reduce its dependency on Russian fossil fuels and address soaring energy prices and run up to COP27.  The Summit brought together Environment, Climate and Energy Ministers, State Secretaries, Ambassadors, Members of the European Parliament and business leaders, to discuss how to ensure an ambitious outcome of the negotiations and implementation of the ‘Fit for 55 Package’, in parallel to the REPowerEU Plan, and reflect on how the EU could show global leadership in climate action and clean energy transition. 



Watch the reflections on the Green Growth Summit 2022 here.

Read the summary note of discussion here.

The Press Release can be found here.



Scene setter: “From ambition to delivery: How can policy enable and encourage more sustainable choices by businesses and households in the EU?”

This session marked the launch of CLG Europe’s report on “Context is everything: Insights and lessons for successfully delivering the European Green Deal” which analyses policies that seek to directly incentivise European households and businesses to make more sustainable choices alongside contextual factors that influence their decisions.

  • MEP Pascal Canfin, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Environment Committee of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group
  • Eliot Whittington, Director, CLG Europe and the Green Growth Partnership
  • Sanna Markkanen, Research Programme Lead, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.


Session 1: ‘‘Delivering an ambitious climate and energy secure common agenda through progressive policies and business action”

This session addressed how to successfully deliver an ambitious climate and energy secure common agenda in the EU in the current context of the energy crisis and political discussions on the Fit for 55 Package.

  • Sven Giegold, State Secretary, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Germany
  • Raúl Fuentes Milani, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Spain to the European Union
  • Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, European People's Party
  • Carey Causey, President, Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA
  • Julie Kjestrup, Head of EU Affairs, Velux
  • Ester Asin, WWF European Office, Director


Session 2: “Building blocks for a global energy transition and accelerated climate action”

This session looked at the drivers to accelerate the energy and climate transition globally in the run up to COP27 and the role of the EU and businesses in enabling this transition.

  • Lila Karbassi, Senior officer, UN Global Compact, Chair of the Executive Board of the Science Based Targets Initiative.
  • Terhi Lehtonen, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland
  • Elina Bardram, Director, Adaptation & Resilience, Communication, and Civil Society Relations, Directorate for Climate Action, European Commission
  • Pär Holmgren, Member of the European Parliament, Environment Committee of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA
  • Anthony Abbotts, Director Group Public Affairs and Sustainability, Rockwool Group
  • Sophie Punte, Managing Director of Policy, We Mean Business Coalition


Closing Remarks

  • Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria
  • Eliot Whittington, Director, CLG Europe and the Green Growth Partnership


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Monday, 10 October, 2022 - 12:30 to 16:30