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Green Growth

Transforming economies for competitiveness and resilience?

25 Feb 2013 - 00:00 to 26 Feb 2013 - 00:00

Chatham House, London


Can the future competitiveness and resilience of economies be enhanced by adopting or scaling up ‘green growth’ strategies. If so, how?

There is increased awareness of the roles that resource efficiency and environmental sustainability can play in ensuring economic competitiveness and resilience. What role does public policy have in addressing market failure around natural resources?

This conference will ask what the benefits and obstacles are to governments of adopting green growth policies and to businesses adopting green growth strategies. How can this economic transformation be made possible politically, and what tools and policies will enable it? What new economic models are emerging?

How can green growth rhetoric be turned into operational reality?

  • Will adopting ‘green growth’ policies enhance national competitiveness and resilience?

  • Economic, business and technological innovations

  • The policy environments that will enable investments to shift towards low carbon, resource efficient industries and business models

  • The fiscal and regulatory tools that promote growth whilst conserving natural capital and promoting resource efficiency

  • Pricing the environmental and social cost of natural resources


Keynote speakers: Lena Ek, Minister of the Environment, Sweden and Karl Falkenberg, Director General, DG Environment, European Commission.

In association with:

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  • Catherine Cameron

    • Director
  • Christopher Cooper-Hohn

    • Managing Partner and Founder
  • Paul Dickinson

    • Founder and Executive Chair
  • Lena Ek

    • Minister of the Environment
  • Karl Falkenberg

    • Director General, DG Environment
  • HE Ato Newai Gebre-ab

    • Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister
  • Fiona Harvey

    • Environment Correspondent
  • Professor Michael Jacobs

    • Visiting Fellow
  • Tim Jenkins

    • Director, Great Transition Initiatives
  • Zou Ji

    • Deputy Director General
  • Pavel Kabat

    • Director
  • Stef Kranendijk

    • Chairman
  • Bernice Lee

    • Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources
  • Enrique Lendo Fuentes

    • Director, Foreign Affairs
  • Caroline Lucas MP

    • Green Party
  • Nick Mabey

    • Chief Executive
  • Angus McCrone

    • Chief Editor
  • Udo Niehage

    • Head of Government Affairs, Berlin
  • Felix Preston

    • Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
  • Kate Raworth

    • Senior Researcher
  • Richard Samans

    • Director General
  • Agus Sari

    • Chair, Working Group on Funding Instruments, Presidential Task Force on REDD+
  • Mark Stratton

    • General Manager, Cat Reman Remanufacturing & Components Division
  • Fraser Thompson

    • Senior Fellow
  • Camilla Toulmin

    • Director
  • Rt Hon Simon Upton

    • Director, Environment Directorate
  • Jacob Vastrup

    • Director, Climate and Energy Economics
  • Dr Gu Yang

    • Advisor to the Governor for International Cooperation
  • Peter Young

    • Chairman
  • Dmitri Zenghelis

    • Associate Fellow, Energy Environment and Resources

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Information for journalists
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Venue

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Conference Unit
Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE
UK

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Accommodation

Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

Flemings Mayfair
Half Moon Street
Mayfair
London W1Y 7RA
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817
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Book Flemings online

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London
SW1U 6JF
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125
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The Stafford London by Kempinski
St James's Place
London 
SW1A 1NJ
Tel: 020 7518 1125 
Fax: 020 7493 7121
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DAY ONE
Monday 25 February

Overview
Green Growth

  • Where is the evidence for the benefits of ‘green’ growth?

  • Does ‘green growth’ mean absolute or relative ‘decoupling’ of resource use from economic growth?  Where is decoupling being achieved and what lessons are being learnt?

09.30
Chair
Bernice Lee
Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources
Chatham House

Welcome
Richard Samans
Director General
Global Green Growth Institute

Keynote Address
Karl Falkenberg
Director-General, DG Environment
European Commission

Questions and discussion

Speakers
Bernice Lee

Professor Pavel Kabat
Director and CEO
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Questions and discussion

10.40 - 11.10    Refreshments

Moderated panel discussion

  • Is there public support or understanding of ‘green growth’?

  • How can ‘green’ growth be made politically possible? In the current economic climate, what will convince and enable governments to shift their economies? Are there any ‘quick wins’? What impact will ‘green’ growth have on jobs?

  • How will government address the politics of shifting energy and infrastructure investments?

  • Will green growth policies play a role in reforming other policies such as unhelpful incentives (fossil fuel subsidies)?

Moderator
Nick Mabey
Founding Director and CEO
E3G

Panellists
Karl Falkenberg
Director-General, DG Environment
European Commission

Caroline Lucas MP
Green Party

Fiona Harvey
Environment Correspondent
The Guardian

Tim Jenkins
Director of the Great Transition Initiative
The New Economics Foundation

Questions and discussion

12.40 - 13.40    Lunch


Session One
Carbon, Energy and Resource Efficiency
Competitiveness and first movers

  • What are the prospects for international co-operation on green growth?

  • Will individual economies set the pace?  Who will be winners and losers on resource efficiency?  On stimulating ‘green’ growth?

  • What policies have ‘first mover’ countries adopted and what are learning points?

  • How can developing countries adopt resource efficient development pathways?

Chair
Richard Samans
Director General
Global Green Growth Institute

Speakers
Professor Zou Ji
National Center for Climate Change Strategies and International Cooperation
China

Dr Fraser Thompson
Senior Fellow
McKinsey Global Institute

Enrique Lendo Fuentes
Head of the International Affairs Unit
Mexican Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources

Kate Raworth
Senior Researcher
Oxfam GB

Questions and discussion

15.15 - 15.45    Refreshments


Session Two
Technologies and New Business Models

  • Which new technologies and business models have the potential to de-link rising prosperity from growth in resource consumption?

  • What changes in industrial and innovation policies are required, and how quickly can they be made?

  • Where have new technologies enabled new business models?

  • What opportunities are presented to business by ‘circular economy’ thinking? What policies would accelerate progress to a circular economy?

  • What is the role of government in creating a market for these technologies?

Chair
Peter Young
Chairman
The Aldersgate Group

Speakers
Felix Preston
Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
Chatham House

Udo Niehage
Head of Government Affairs Berlin, Company Representative for the German Energy Transition
Siemens

Mark Stratton
General Manager, CAT REMAN
Remanufacturing & Components Division
Caterpillar Inc

Stef Kranendijk
Chairman
Desso

Questions and discussion

17.25 End of day one and drinks reception hosted by Chatham House

 

DAY TWO
Tuesday 26 February

Session Three
Financing the Green Economy
Sharing risk, capturing returns

  • As environmentally costly assets come to be replaced by resource efficient investments, what are the risks of creating ‘stranded assets’?

  • Could this create systemic risk?

  • Bank finance is in short supply in the west.  What are new financial instruments and tools?

  • The role of capital markets in funding long term, resource efficient assets

  • What policy conditions and price signals would boost investment in low carbon, resource efficient industries and business models? 

09.30
Chair

Professor Michael Jacobs
Visiting Fellow
Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Moderated Panel Discussion

Christopher Cooper-Hohn
Co-founder
The Children’s Investment Fund Management LLC

Catherine Cameron
Director
Agulhas

Angus McCrone
Chief Editor
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Dmitri Zenghelis
Associate Fellow, Energy Environment and Resources
Chatham House

Questions and discussion

10.50 - 11.20 Refreshments

Focus on challenges in developing economies

  • What public and private sources of finance are there (including partnerships and investment facilities), and what are their risk-return profiles?

  • Addressing the infrastructure investment gap

Chair
Mattia Romani
Director of Global Green Growth Institute, London Office
Global Green Growth Institute

HE Ato Newai Gebre-ab
Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister
Ethiopia

Agus Sari
Chair, Working Group on Funding Instruments, Presidential Task Force on REDD+, Indonesia

Dr Gu Yang
Advisor to the Chairman for International Operations
China Development Bank

Enrique Lendo Fuentes
Head of the International Affairs Unit
Mexican Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources

Questions and discussion

12.40 - 13.40    Lunch

Session Four
The Green Economy
Priorities and proposals for governments and the private sector

  • What fiscal and regulatory tools are most effective in promoting growth whilst conserving natural capital and promoting natural resource efficiency?

  • How can the environmental and social cost of natural resources be priced?

  • What are the priorities?  What are the policy proposals?

Chair
Rt Hon Simon Upton
Director, Environment Directorate
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Keynote Speaker
Lena Ek (on the record)
Minister of the Environment
Sweden

Speakers
Camilla Toulmin
Director
International Institute for Environment and Development

Paul Dickinson
Executive Chairman
Carbon Disclosure Project

Jacob Vastrup
Director, Climate and Energy Economics
Danish Energy Agency

Questions and discussion

15.15 End of conference


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