The Paris Statement: Innovation and the green economy in Europe after Copenhagen
- 06 March 2010
The Climate Group and the Île de France-Paris Region hosted a high level conference with Government and business to discuss eco-innovation strategies and opportunities in the challenging context of the post-Copenhagen climate summit.
The morning session included successful and promising examples/case studies and included contributions from State Secretary Dr Jens Baganz (North Rhine Westphalia), Ricardo Cordoba, President of GE Energy Western Europe & North Africa and Agostino Renna, Vice President Sales, Marketing & Strategy, Europe & Africa, Johnson Controls and Anne Hidalgo, First Deputy Mayor of Paris.
Discussions amongst leading clean-tech and electric mobility projects, including: Lumeneo, Renault, GE, Autolib, Cisco, Veolia and Johnson Controls and regional government representatives focused on the following key questions: What does the Copenhagen Accord mean for business and how can regional climate policy accelerate the deployment of new technologies for a low carbon economy?
The joint statement sent to EU Council, EU Parliament and EU calls on them to give more support and funding to regional efforts, arguing that these will not only deliver Europe’s emissions reduction targets and boost jobs in the EU but – in the absence of a binding global climate deal – develop meaningful and effective international climate action at a sub-national level.
The Paris Statement of European Regions also calls on Europe’s national leaders to:
- Put climate and energy truly at the heart of the future ‘EU 2020 Strategy’
- Support an increased EU greenhouse gas reduction target
- Set binding EU energy saving targets to create new jobs and increase energy security
- Incentivize private sector investment in European low carbon products, services and infrastructure
- Recognize and support regional policies to deliver ambitious EU emissions reduction targets
- Reach a binding international climate agreement by the end of 2010