Live panel debate “COP21: What opportunities does the Paris agreement bring for Europe?” on Monday 22 February 2016 at 13:30pm CET
Governments around the world last year struck a landmark climate-change deal: to keep global temperature increases no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The European Commission says this means a global reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions from energy, with a shift towards renewables widely expected. What prospects and opportunities does this agreement bring for an EU that still gets almost half of its energy from fossil fuels?
How will the EU follow up on the promises it made in Paris? What opportunities lie ahead for Europe? What needs to be done to deliver on the COP21 agreement? Can the EU maintain its role as a leader in the fight against climate change? Why should other countries follow? What will inspire investments in a new clean-energy system? What will COP21 change for EU climate and energy policy? How far will the new deal move Europeans along the path they have already taken? How far will the world shift away from fossil fuels this century – and how can industry adapt? How much will global geopolitical news affect the successful implementation of the objectives set out last year? And in the absence of a global emissions-reduction target, how will governments and companies be judged for the action they take to deliver on Paris?
Ms Elina Bardram was appointed as a Head of Unit for International & Inter-Institutional Relations in April 2014. Previously she had been Head of the International Carbon Markets, Aviation and Maritime Unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action since 2012. Prior to this Ms Bardram served as a Deputy Head of Unit for Climate Finance and Deforestation and was actively engaged in the UNFCCC negotiations. Between 2003- 2010, Ms Bardram worked in the Policy Coordination and Strategy Directorate of the External Relations Directorate-General, where she led a team developing EU outreach capacities, presence and campaigning in third countries. Before joining the European Commission, Ms Bardram served at the UN country office in Nigeria and was employed in the business consulting sector covering assignments for both public and private sector clients in Europe. Ms Bardram holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her academic work has focused on the impacts of globalisation.
Miriam Dalli MEP
Miriam Dalli was elected to the European Parliament in May 2014. She currently sits as a full member on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and on the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union. She is a substitute member on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the Committee on Petitions and Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Georgia Parliamentary Cooperation. She is a highly active member of the LGBTI, Children’s rights and Youth Integroups abd Co-Chair of the Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. MEP Dalli is also an Ambassador against Depression and one of the Richmond Foundation’s Mental Health Ambassadors.
Rosalind Cook is responsible for EU climate diplomacy, climate risk, cities and local level impacts and the EU 2030 climate and energy framework. Prior to joining E3G in September 2013, Rosalind worked for the UK Foreign Office as the environment attaché in the OECD delegation and as a policy officer at the European Commission on climate adaptation policy. Rosalind has a Masters in environmental policy and law from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and a law degree from the University of Edinburgh.
Vice President Sustainability, Statoil
Charlotte Wolff-Bye joined Statoil in 2014 as Vice President Sustainability. She has overseen Statoil adopting its first Group-wide sustainability strategy, followed by concrete action on carbon emission reduction, climate change advocacy and human rights. Previously Charlotte was General Manager, Group Head of Corporate Responsibility for the global steel and mining company ArcelorMittal. During her 7-year tenure at ArcelorMittal she established industry-leading practices in: good governance, stakeholder engagement, human rights and reporting. Demonstrable improvements were achieved in industrial operations in Europe, the Americas, Africa and the CIS. Prior to her career in the extractives and manufacturing sector Charlotte spent a decade in the telecommunications sector holding a number of sustainability positions, most notably in Telefonica and O2. Previous experiences include working in multilateral lending, music marketing and diplomatic affairs. In 2011 Charlotte was entered into the prestigious group – ‘Top 40 under 40 International Development Leaders in London’ by Devex. Charlotte is based in London, where she engages proactively in the public debate on the power of business enterprise in tackling social and environmental problems.
Moderated by MLex journalist Emily Waterfield.