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Wrap-up: Aragon Low Carbon Regional Development meeting

12:00AM, 21 October 2009
12:00AM, 21 October 2009
To Be Confirmed
Wrap-up: Aragon Low Carbon Regional Development meeting

ZARAGOSA - High-level stakeholders met with the Government of Aragon and The Climate Group this week to discuss opportunities for regional low carbon development in Spain and Europe.

Government representatives from North-Rhein-Westfalia Scotland, Jamtland (Sweden),and the Spanish National Ministry of Science and Technology, among others, met with representatives of businesses including Iberdrola, Endesa, TAIM Weser, and Bosch/Siemens.

The meeting was convened as part of the on-going preparations of regional governments and businesses on supporting and implementing a global deal on climate change. Discussion covered energy efficiency, green buildings, lighting and electric vehicles, and carbon capture and storage in the region and across Spain. Renewable energy - both photovoltaic and concentrated solar energy, as well as wind energy - was also on the agenda.

Aragon's Minister for the Environment, Alfredo Boné, opened the event. Aragon is already a leader in renewable energy in Spain and now plans to step forward as a global leader, he said. The region, which aims to generate 40% of its electricity from renewables by 2012, is looking to tap deeper into its opportunities in wind and solar power.

Investment in renewable and energy efficiency is essential to economic recovery and job creation, he emphasized.

Professor Anil Markandya of the IPCC; Alicia Montalvo, Director of the Spanish Office for Climate Change in the National Ministry of Environment; and Jim Walker, Co-founder and COO of The Climate Group also spoke at the event.

In December, The Climate Group will convene government and business leaders for a climate leaders summit in Copenhagen. Confirmed attendees from the EU region will include ministers and presidents of Scotland, Ile de France, Catalonia, Brittany, Aragon, Bavaria, North-Rhein-Westfalia and Wales.

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