Main outcomes from the Green Week 2005
Taking Climate Changes was the main subject, several conferences during the Green Week
were taking the participants to a journey covering all aspects of Climate Changes from its
causes and effects to best practices on adaptation and mitigation.
First day “The challenge is on”
1. The Urgency of the problem.
All agree that we must act now or the situation could go in a no return basis. Several
opinions including the European Commissioner for Environment – Mr Stavros Dimas –
stressed that we need to take actions on this urgent problem.
2. The Climate Challenge in the 21st century.
A debate on how to balance the economic and environmental issues and on how to build a
global consensus (considering diverging views of EU, China and US). What are the possible
ways to move towards and how countries are preparing the post-Kyoto.
3. Teaching about Climate Changes
Children are the future, and school is their most important source of information, so
teachers must be able to take information to children. The session was an opportunity to
present some of the experiences and awareness rising tools that already exist.
4. Hot campaign or Cool campaign.
The important role of the communications. Discussion on how the mass media should deal
with risk and uncertainty on Climate Changes. Some examples of best practices among the
Member States and NGO’s.
5. Climate Change on air! Broadcasting the world’s biggest story.
How to make this global-scale phenomenon relevant for both viewers and listeners.
Exchange of opinions of some experienced broadcasting producers and correspondents and
the presentation of examples of different programs on how to access information, briefings
Second day: “Cause and Effect”
6+10. Flying on strange wings: climate change and aviation.
Discussion of possible measures (taxes, charges and trading) to put growth and the need to
cut pollution on the same way. Also the presentation of the result of the public
consultation on the topic.
In the afternoon, there was a discussion about a study on the feasibility of addressing
aviation’s full climate impact through the EU emissions trading scheme. The debate will
inform the Commission on a planned Communication on Reducing the Climate Change
Impact of Aviation.
7+11. The heat is on: European Cities combat climate change.
Cities are facing important challenges and this session promoted the discussion on what
cities can do to protect their economies and citizens. Some case studies on these issues
and what can be done were also discussed.
8+12. Biodiversity: can it adapt to climate change?
The negative impact of human-induced climate changes is one the emerging threats to
biodiversity. Not only considering the impacts on habitats and ecosystems, but also in
goods and services deriving from agriculture, forestry, fisheries, water management and
other sectors. It was also discussed the potential of adaptation and mitigation measures on
how to optimize opportunities that benefit biodiversity.
9. Bright sky behind the clouds: cleaner Air for Europe and the world.
The Commission presented results from the CAFE (Clean Air For Europe) Programme and
some proposals for increasing life expectancy and improving human health, with an
analysis of the linkages between air pollution and climate change. Part of the air pollution
in Europe is due to transport from other continents, as well as European pollution travels
to other continents. Regarding this, leading experts discussed hemispheric air pollution.
13. Road transport’s global environmental challenge: the policies and the technologies
needed worldwide to tackle pollution from road vehicles.
The discussion went on how to raise public awareness on pollution from road transports
(training ecological drivers as an example). Research and development of new clean fuel
technologies was on the table as well as the need to involve the developing world in this
Tools and Technologies
14+18. Emission trading – 6 months on, a first evaluation.
Discussion on the real impacts of the scheme, experiences and expectations from key-
players that were present at the session. The problem on both “spot” and “forward”
trades that take place daily.
15+18. A low carbon economy.
It’s very important to realize opportunities and identify risks and understand how can
individuals and companies act facing climate changes. The discussion about responsibility
of consumers and promote awareness on how to use energy more efficiently and the
alternative of mass transit.
16+20. Renewable Energy, beyond the experiments.
The main issue was the financing and investment on renewable energies. Some business
cases were presented and discussed. Also a look on the policy frameworks on the
electricity and renewable energy market and research to improve efficiency and make
renewable energy more competitive.
17. A green agenda for global business: defining the roles and responsibilities of
manufacturing and consumer industries.
The discussion was about the stringent environmental standards and their higher costs, and
how can the EU capitalize on its international position to further environmental
21. Planning and funds for climate change: business-as-usual or gauge the future?
How should spatial and regional planning change to incorporate climate change, as it will
dramatically re-shape the natural conditions across Europe. What are the new
opportunities offered by the cohesion policy to fund action to mitigate or adapt to climate
change. Also the presentation of some cases in Europe and what can be done already
22. Climate change politics: short term gain or long term solution.
The question is: Can politicians solve climate changes?
What are they doing towards that and do they look at this subject in an election campaign
to gain votes and then just forget it? Are politicians aware of the need of a sustainable
These are few of the questions that the European Parliament want to discuss with the
23. Equity in the Greenhouse: ensuring poor countries right to development while fighting
How can rich nations assist the poor countries in adapting and preventing climate change.
What are the options to enable poor countries to choose climate-friendly technologies and
do they have the structure to implement them and take advantage of that.
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