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26 September 2018 – The Green Growth Platform will host its 2018 Summit on Monday 8 October in Luxembourg ahead of the European Environment Council meeting on 9 October.

The Summit will bring together Ministers, policy makers, key thinkers, and business leaders, alongside EU Commission officials and Members of the European Parliament, to take stock and discuss the opportunities, challenges and next steps to building an economy fit for the 21st century.

A representative of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will attend to discuss the IPCC Special Report on 1.5 Degrees. The report is likely to highlight the scale of the transformation needed to limit global temperature rise to that level.

The discussions will be shaped by high level panels focusing on:

  • The International Context: What’s happening in the rest of world?
  • Notable Action in 2018: Who’s leading the way?
  • The Challenge for Europe: How do we build an inclusive, adaptive economy that meets the needs of the 21st century?

Speakers include:

  • Paolo Bertoldi, Lead Author of Chapter 4, Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C (SR15), IPCC
  • Carole Dieschbourg, Minister for the Environment, Luxembourg
  • Jure Leben, Minister for the Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia
  • Brune Poirson, Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France
  • Claude Turmes, Secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Luxembourg
  • José Mendes, First Secretary of State for Environment, Portugal
  • Karsten Sach, Director General Climate Policy, Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany
  • Fredrick Federley, MEP
  • Jo Leinen, MEP
  • Mauro Petriccione, Director General, DG CLIMA
  • Richard Baron, Executive Director, 2050 Pathways Platform
  • Changhua Wu, Lead on China and Asia, Rifkin Enterprises
  • Jane Wilkinson, Head of Sustainable Finance, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
  • David Ducarme, Group Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO, Knauf Insulation
  • Gonzalo Sáenz de Miera, Director of Climate Change, Iberdrola

The Green Growth Platform brings together three distinct Green Growth Groups: The Ministerial Green Growth Group, The Business Green Growth Group and The Parliamentary Green Growth Group. The Ministers seek to explore, promote and pursue the economic opportunities that EU low carbon ambition can offer Europe. In particular, they want to reach out to a wider business, investor, economist and political audience to raise the level of debate in order to deepen our collective understanding of what the EU’s low carbon transition offers economically, how best to exploit the opportunities and how we can effectively manage the challenges. 

Learn more about the work of the Green Growth Platform.