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Event Wrap-up: Roundtable with Maldives' President Nasheed

12:00AM, 30 September 2009
12:00AM, 30 September 2009
To Be Confirmed
Event Wrap-up: Roundtable with Maldives' President Nasheed

Mohamed Nasheed, President of The Republic of Maldives, discussed his country's path toward carbon neutrality at a Climate Group-hosted roundtable during Climate Week NYC.

In March of this year, the Republic announced its aim to become carbon neutral by 2019, demonstrating the kind of radical action that the world now needs to take.

The plan will virtually eliminate fossil fuel use for homes, businesses and vehicles, through measures including a new renewable electricity generation and transmission infrastructure, wind turbines and rooftop solar panels. The government has also confirmed that it is also developing several biochar projects to help meet its emissions goals.

Roundtable participants, including Climate Group members Swiss Re, Climate Change Capital, FPL Group, and CB Richard Ellis, joined in the discussion ranging from the opportunities for financing and implementing these plans to the cost-benefits of adaptation measures. John Moussouris of VenEarth and Dan Morrell of Carbon Gold - a partner on the Maldives' biochar projects - encouraged the Republic to go beyond carbon neutrality to be 'carbon restoring'.

The Maldives, all participants agreed, can prove a global model of accelerating productivity while significantly reducing GHG emissions. Chris Bennet of FPL Group told the president, "Your political will and leadership is to be commended."

"All eyes can be on the Maldives" said Paul Dickinson, CEO of Carbon Disclosure Project.

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