December 2-3, 2020
Online

LIVESTREAM SESSIONS

December 2 – Livestream

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2:00 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. CET | Joint opening interview with Adina Ioana Vălean, EU commissioner for transport and Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, minister of infrastructure and water management, Netherlands, moderated by Joshua Posaner, senior policy reporter, POLITICO

December 3 – Livestream

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8:55 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. CET | Opening interview with Kadri Simson, EU commissioner for energy moderated by Jan Cienski, senior policy editor, POLITICO

9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. CET | Joint ministerial interview with Dan Jørgensen, minister for climate, energy and utilities, Denmark and João Pedro Matos Fernandes, minister of environment and climate action, Portugal, moderated by Jan Cienski, senior policy editor, POLITICO

10:20 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. CET | Panel discussion: One year after the launch of the European Green Deal, where does Europe stand? Presented by Tetra Pak and moderated by Kalina Oroschakoff, reporter, POLITICO, with:

  • Marie Toussaint, MEP (Greens/EFA, France)
  • Charles Brand, president Europe & Central Asia, Tetra Pak
  • Fernando Medina, mayor of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Diederik Samsom, head of cabinet of EVP Frans Timmermans, European Commission

12:10 p.m.– 12:45 p.m. CET | Spotlight discussion: Green recovery: can COVID-19 end up boosting the bloc’s climate goals?, presented by Syngenta and moderated by Karl Mathiesen, senior climate correspondent, POLITICO, with:

  • Rachel Kyte, dean of the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and former special representative of the UN secretary-general
  • Petra Laux, head of EAME business sustainability, Syngenta
  • Dragoș Pîslaru, MEP (Renew Europe, Romania)

1:45 p.m.– 2:20 p.m. CET | Spotlight discussion: The future of supply chains: greener and local?, presented by Sanofi and moderated by Paola Tamma, reporter, POLITICO, with:

  • Philippe Luscan, executive vice president, global industrial affairs, Sanofi
  • Franck Riester, minister delegate for foreign trade and economic attractiveness, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, France

2:30 p.m.– 3:15 p.m. CET | Panel discussion: The Circular Economy: reconciling capitalism with nature?, presented by CEFIC and moderated by Jan Cienski, senior policy editor, POLITICO, with:

  • Jocelyn Blériot, executive lead institutions, governments & cities, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Martin Brudermüller, president, CEFIC
  • Jan Huitema, MEP (Renew Europe, Netherlands)
  • Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU commissioner for the environment, oceans and fisheries

3:25 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. CET | Spotlight discussion: The future of sustainable packaging unwrapped, presented by UNESDA and moderated by Eline Schaart, reporter, POLITICO, with:

  • Tim Brett, president of Coca-Cola Western Europe and president of UNESDA – Soft Drinks Europe
  • Diane Simiu, deputy director, General Commission for Sustainable Development, Ministry for the Ecological Transition, France
  • Joan Marc Simon, executive director, Zero Waste Europe

Is  Europe’s lifestyle sustainable?  There’s a growing conviction that it’s not. One of the responses is the European Commission’s Green Deal which aims at making the Continent carbon neutral by 2050. But it’s not just about cutting carbon dioxide emissions. The Green Deal affects all economic sectors. If it is to work, all Europeans will have to use less energy, waste fewer materials and pollute much less — all of which will demand a redesign of just about every aspect of their lives, starting with the way they move .  The EU is now trying to balance the immediate response to the COVID-19 outbreak with its longer-term climate priorities — but there’s no doubt that the Green Deal, one year after its launch, isn’t being forgotten. That means the way we live will be radically changed.

To debate the sustainable challenge Europe is facing, POLITICO is hosting its second Sustainable Future Summit on December 2-3 online, including a half day on sustainable mobility.

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