Beyond Paris 2015: Preparing for the risks of climate change

Start/Stop Date:
16 Jun 2015
E3G and WWF
Thon EU hotel Rue de la Loi, 75 - 1040 Brussels – 11:30 - 14:30 (including lunch)
Focus Areas:
climate risk
Type of Event:

E3G and WWF, with the support of the support of the U.S. Mission to the EU, invite you to a transatlantic discussion on how the international community can effectively reduce and manage climate risk, taking place on Tuesday 16th June 2015.

Momentum is building towards the UN climate conference in December this year where governments will agree on a future form of global cooperation to address the causes and impacts of climate change. A great deal of progress has been made in recent months and the Paris climate talks can be a turning point for global efforts to accelerate the low carbon transition. However, whatever the outcome in Paris, climate change is already a reality, and there is a need to start planning for scenarios that involve significant risk and disruption, while still striving to take adequate action to minimise the likelihood of such outcomes. As we look beyond the Paris agreement, what critical decisions need to be taken on infrastructure choices, energy systems, financial investment and international development cooperation to ensure we are prepared for likely climate impacts?

US-EU Panel debate moderated by Nick Mabey, CEO E3G. Panelists include:

  • Vicky Arroyo, Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center
  • Alden Meyer, Director of strategy and policy Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Christine Parthemore, Director for climate and food security, Centre of American Progress
  • David Reed, Senior Advisor at WWF USA on food and security
  • Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament

Jason Anderson, WWF Head of EU Climate and Energy Policy, will lead an interactive session following lunch on the decisions the EU and US need to take after Paris – what changes, tools and reforms do we need to deliver a below 2C emissions trajectory and manage risks? Bring your ideas and creativity!

Key questions to be addressed in the discussion include:

  • How do we address residual climate risk following Paris?
  • What role should key stakeholders play? (e.g. Cities networks, Consumer corporations, Investors, Security and Foreign policy community, Development and Humanitarian community)
  • What initiatives and responsibilities does the private sector have in managing climate risk?
  • How is climate resilience and preparedness being integrated into US and EU policy? ?
  • Where will current momentum lead us over the next 5 years? What debate do we need to be having now given existing climate targets for 2030?

Register here

For more information please contact Quentin Genard at E3G