PROGRAM & REGISTRATION

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2

2:00 pm – 2:35 pm – MASTER OF CEREMONY’S OPENING REMARKS AND JOINT OPENING INTERVIEW

Moderator:
Joshua Posaner, reporter, POLITICO

Confirmed speakers:

Adina Ioana Vălean, EU commissioner for transport

Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, minister of infrastructure and water management, Netherlands

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm – PANEL DISCUSSION

What will the green future of inter-European travel look like?

  • Should people fly less as a way to reduce their carbon footprint? Are night trains the future of long-distance travel in Europe?
  • Can taxes on aviation encourage a significant number of people to travel by train?
  • Should aviation be taxed more to hit the climate targets of the Paris Agreement?
  • Should there be a blending mandate to encourage uptake of sustainable aviation fuels?

Moderator:
Mari Eccles, reporter, POLITICO

Confirmed speakers:

Ciarán Cuffe, MEP (Greens/EFA, Ireland)

Henrik Hololei, director general, DG MOVE, European Commission

Michaela Huber, member of the board, ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG

Thomas Reynaert, managing director, Airlines for Europe

3:40 pm – 4:15 pm – SPOTLIGHT DISCUSSION

Is hydrogen Europe’s new energy source?

  • What would the hydrogen shift entail for Europe’s transport and energy infrastructure? Is the EU too late in the hydrogen race between Asia and the U.S.?
  • Does hydrogen have a future in passenger cars, or will heavy good vehicles be the primary market? Will hydrogen play a role in aviation and shipping?
  • Is the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance the best approach to foster the production of hydrogen in Europe?
  • Should Europe solely focus on the production of green hydrogen at the expense of blue? And when, if ever, should blue be phased out?

Moderator:
America Hernandez, reporter, POLITICO

Confirmed speakers:

Klaus Bonhoff, director general for policy issues, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany

Ditte Juul-Jørgensen, director general, DG ENER, European Commission

Thierry Mallet, chief executive officer, Transdev

4:25 pm – 4:35 pm – INTERVIEW WITH MAROŠ ŠEFČOVIČ, VICE PRESIDENT FOR INTERINSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS AND FORESIGHT, EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Moderator:
Joshua Posaner, reporter, POLITICO

4:25 pm – 5:10 pm – PANEL DISCUSSION

2020: The year of electric cars?

  • How can the EU reach an objective of 1 million public vehicle recharging and refueling stations by 2025?
  • Is consumer demand for electric vehicles growing fast enough? Should EU governments provide more incentives?
  • Batteries are often seen as strategic assets key for sustainable mobility, but how far does their production take into account environmental criteria?
  • What WILL be the impact of the legislation covering sustainable batteries due later in 2020?

Moderator:
Joshua Posaner, reporter, POLITICO

Confirmed speakers:

Emma Nehrenheim, chief environmental officer, Northvolt

Julia Poliscanova, director, clean vehicles and e-mobility, Transport & Environment

Maroš Šefčovič, vice president for interinstitutional relations and foresight, European Commission

5:10 pm – 5:30 pm – PUB QUIZ

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3

8:55 am – 9:30 am – MASTER OF CEREMONY’S OPENING REMARKS AND OPENING INTERVIEW
9:40 am – 10:10 am – JOINT INTERVIEW

with Dan Jørgensen, minister for climate, energy and utilities, Denmark & João Pedro Matos Fernandes, minister of environment and energy transition, Portugal

Moderator:
Jan Cienski, senior policy editor, POLITICO

10:20 am – 11:05 am – PANEL DISCUSSION

One year after the launch of the European Green Deal, where does Europe stand?

  • Is Europe on track to become the first climate-neutral continent?
  • Is the EU’s Climate Law a “surrender”? What are the law’s pluses and minuses? Is regulation the right approach?
  • Who should take the lead between national governments, local authorities, and consumers? How can companies support the EU’s climate neutrality ambition?
  • Could national green standards undermine cohesion in the EU single market?
  • How has the COVID-19 outbreak affected the Green Deal?

Moderator:
Kalina Oroschakoff, reporter, POLITICO

Confirmed speakers:

Charles Brand, vice president Europe & Central Asia, Tetra Pak

Diederik Samsom, head of cabinet of EVP Frans Timmermans, European Commission

Michael Bloss, MEP (Germany, Greens/EFA)

Fernando Medina, mayor of Lisbon, Portugal

11:15 am – 12:00 am – PANEL DISCUSSION

Financing the transition: Where’s the money?

  • Are Europe’s plans to finance the green transition credible? How far does the “Just Transition Mechanism” take into account the different approaches of EU member states, and is it enough to compensate high-carbon regions?
  • Could adjustments on EU banking rules help the financing of climate-friendly projects? Does that strategy entail risks for financial stability?
  • Are public-private partnerships key to achieving a sustainable economic model?

Moderator:
Aitor Hernández-Morales, reporter, POLITICO

Confirmed speakers:

Ambroise Fayolle, Vice President, European Investment Bank

Niklas Nienass, MEP (Greens/EFA, Germany)

Lucia Silva, Head of sustainability and social responsibility, Generali Group

12:10 am – 12:45 pm – SPOTLIGHT DISCUSSION

Green Recovery: Can COVID-19 end up boosting the bloc’s climate goals?

  • How can coronavirus recovery be married to climate goals? What does such thinking mean for the EU’s state aid policy? Should there be special provisions made for sustainable industrial projects?
  • Which industries have the potential to help Europe meet its climate objectives while kickstarting the economy? How can Europe ensure these sectors benefit the most from investments without ensnarling the Continent in red tape?
  • Some businesses by their nature aren’t all that climate friendly, but they’re economically important and employ a lot of people. Does that mean they should be omitted from the bloc’s recovery program?

Moderator:
Karl Mathiesen, senior climate correspondent, POLITICO

Confirmed speakers:

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)

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm – LUNCH BREAK
1:45 pm – 2:20 pm – SPOTLIGHT DISCUSSION

The future of supply chains: Greener and local?

  • How can governments enforce sustainable practices across supply chains? What would this entail for trade relations with third countries?
  • Should the European Commission impose the enforcement of environmental norms in future trade deals? Is it the right solution?
  • Following the COVID-19 outbreak, which sectors in Europe are experiencing a move towards localized supply chains? Will this impact the EU green credentials?

Moderator:

Paola Tamma, reporter, POLITICO

Confirmed speaker:

Frank Riester, minister delegate for foreign trade and economic attractiveness, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, France

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm – PANEL DISCUSSION

The circular economy: reconciling capitalism with nature?

  • Is the Circular Economy Action Plan, part of the EU Green Deal, a viable economic growth strategy? Could the circular economy model hinder the competitiveness of European economies?
  • How could proposals, such as extending the right to repair to the tech sector, affect companies?
  • Could the entire value chain (including extraction of raw materials and waste capacities) remain located inside the EU? Does it make sense to aim for such a goal?
  • Is Brussels doing enough to keep investments needed to make the economy more circular inside the bloc?

Moderator:
Eline Schaart, reporter, POLITICO

Confirmed speakers:

Jocelyn Bleriot, 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 pm – 4:05 pm – SPOTLIGHT DISCUSSION

The future of sustainable packaging unwrapped

  • What are the trade-offs between different packaging materials?
  • How can packaging be reduced through the value chain?
  • Has the coronavirus crisis led to a reassessment of the need to cut plastic waste?

Moderator:
Eline Schaart, reporter, POLITICO

Confirmed speakers:

Tim Brett, president of Coca-Cola Western Europe and president of UNESDA – Soft Drinks Europe

Joan Marc Simon, executive director, Zero Waste Europe 

Diane Simiu, deputy director, General Commission for Sustainable Development, Ministry for the Ecological Transition, France

4:15 pm – 4:50 pm – SPOTLIGHT DISCUSSION

Green Tech: enabler, polluter, or trend exploiter?

  • Does the EU’s Digital Strategy take the green transition enough into account? Is the tech industry ready to move towards more repairable devices?
  • Are “digital product passports” part of the solution to reduce e-waste?
  • Is the tech industry doing enough to tackle the obsolescence of its devices and the growing energy needs of the internet and data centers? Can they be carbon neutral by 2030?

Moderator:
Laura Kayali, reporter, POLITICO

Confirmed speakers:

Karsten Sach, director general of international and European policy, climate policy, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Laetitia Vasseur, executive officer, HOP – Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée (Stop Planned Obsolescence)

4:50 pm – 5:30 pm – End of the summit 

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