Conference: Kyoto is business

Kyoto is business

10. Dec. 2002, 8:00 am 7:00 pm
Dorint Hotel, Boulevard Charlemagne 11-19, Brussels

The entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol is coming closer: Russia’s intention to ratify is the last step necessary to achieve the required 55% of emissions from Annex-1 countries for entry into force of the Protocol. As we are entering this new phase of political and corporate responsibility, the business initiative e-mission 55 has achieved its goal. We want to celebrate this with a conference in Brussels to which we kindly invite you. The conference will be a good opportunity to liaise with European politicians and officials, like- minded fellow business people and specialized press. In addition, there will be ample opportunity to discuss future co-operation with the e-mission 55 supporters, the European Business Council for a Sustainable Energy Future (e5), WWF and GERMANWATCH.

The conference will deal with consequences of the foreseeable entry-into-force of the Kyoto Protocol expected for early 2003. One of the central themes of the conference will be the EU emissions trading scheme which is likely to be decided upon during the conference days (9th or 10th of December). A second main theme is a discussion of new evaluations of climate and carbon risks in the decisions of institutional investors. And a third focus will be on best practice cases of corporate climate strategies, discussing their details and implementation.


Morning program:

8:00-10:00 am Registration
10:00-10:05 am Welcoming address
by Dr Paul E. Metz (Speaker of e-mission 55)

10:05-10:10 am Signatory speech
Dr Ignacio Campino (Deutsche Telekom AG)
10:15-10:45 am e-mission 55 in retrospect – a review with regard to future perspectives
European Business Council for a Sustainable Energy Future, GERMANWATCH, WWF
10:45-11:00 am Break
11:15-11:45 am Presentations by signatories

12:00am-1:30pm Lunch
Guest Speaker: EU commissioner Margot Wallstroem (t.b.c.)


Afternoon program:

2:00 – 2:30 pm Speech by Jürgen Trittin
Germany, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
2:30 – 4:00 pm Workshop A: Emissions Trading – Latest developments in Europe
Moderator: Willy de Bakker (Euractiv)
Contributor 1: Delia Villagrasa (European Business Council for a Sustainable Energy future – e5)
Contributor 2: Wilhelm van de Ven (Essent Durzaam)
Contributor 3: Jorge Moreira da Silva (Environmental Rapporteur European Parliament)

Workshop B: The Role of the Financial Sector – A New Evaluation of Carbon and Climate Risks in Investments
Moderator: Mark Nichols (Env. Finance)
Contributor 1: Paul Dickinson (Coordinator Disclosure Carbon Projekt)
Contributor 2: Thomas Streiff (Swiss Re)
Contributor 3: Mark Kenber (Carbon Label)
Workshop C: Good Practice
From Declaration to Action – Innovative Corporate Climate Protection Activities

Moderator: Petra Pinzler (ZEIT)
Contributor 1: NUON (inquired)
Contributor 2: Ingo Puhl (500 PPM)
Contributor 3: Lafarge (Johnson & Johnson)
4:00 – 4:30 pm Coffee break
4:30 – 5:00 pm Presentations of workshop results

5:00 – 5:15 pm Speech by Prof. Carlo Jäger
Institut für Klimafolgenforschung Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam

5:15 – 5:30 pm Closing speech: Climate change policy development in the European Union
Vasso Papandreou (t.b.c.) (Greek Environmental Minister and Representative of Greek EU presidency 2003)

5:30 – 7:00 pm
Open end


Description of the workshops:

Workshop A
Emissions Trading – Latest developments in Europe

For months, the European Commission, European Parliament and the governments of EU member states have been struggling with a binding emissions trading system in Europe. The final decision will likely be only hours old when this workshop is held. Experience at first hand the shape it will take and discuss potential business opportunities with experts.

Workshop B
The Role of the Financial Sector – A New Evaluation of Carbon and Climate Risks in Investments

“Companies’ response to the threats and opportunities of climate change – or their lack of response – could have a material bearing on their financial performance and therefore on shareholder value” says US financial consultant Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. With a view to the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol, circa 30 major pension funds, banks and insurance companies sent an important signal with their “Carbon Disclosure Initiative”. The time has come for climate relevant corporate behavior to be judged by financial institutions. Guidance on the carbon impact of project investments is needed. Workshop participants will present different approaches.

Workshop C
Good Practice: From Declaration to Action – Innovative Corporate Climate Protection Activities

Corporations increasingly search for management strategies to deal with their carbon footprint. Representatives of progressive companies will present their approach to minimizing their corporate climate impact and will share their experience and challenges. Stakeholder involvement plays a crucial role here.


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