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Asia and Europe crossing paths on the way to COP21

Conference on Energy Challenges and Climate Change

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
29 September 2015 - 30 September 2015 Rebecca STETTER Political and Economic Department Sustainable Development & Environment



Venue:
Paris, France

The conference entitled "Asia and Europe crossing paths on the way to COP21" will take place on 29-30 September 2015 in Paris, France. The event aims to bring together distinguished representatives and speakers from academia, science, business, art, politics and media to discuss energy, environment and development-related issues that will be at the core of the COP21 international negotiations. In addition to the international negotiations on climate change, the conference seeks to address the topics of renewable energy and energy efficiency, climate finance, emissions trading, climate regulation, private environmental governance as well as resource and risk management.

 

Co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Asia Centre under the joint project Energy Challenges and Climate Change, this event expects to contribute to the overall objective of examining global energy trends and identifying how developments in both Asia and Europe are impacting upon the global goal of securing a political agreement to address the challenges presented by climate change.

 

Please visit the official conference website for more information on the programme and guest speakers:

http://asiaeuropeprecop2015.org/

 

To register as part of the audience, please follow the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.fr/e/asia-and-europe-crossing-paths-on-the-way-to-cop21-registration-18344370506

 

For more information on the joint project and the conference series, please see the Energy Challenges and Climate Change page. 

Project Updates

  • On 29-30 September 2015, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Asia Centre hosted a conference, Asia and Europe crossing paths on the way to COP21 in Paris, France. The conference explored the energy- and climate-related issues that will be at the core of the COP21 UN Climate Change Conferences. The event also provided valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change, specifically looking at the role of energy in the transition to a more sustainable future.

    Various panels and roundtables held throughout this 2-day conference also examined other thematic areas associated with the topics of energy and climate change, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency, climate finance, emissions trading, climate regulation, private environmental governance as well as resource and risk management.

    Held at the Senate, Palais du Luxembourg, in cooperation with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this high-profile event brought together renowned experts from academia, science, business, politics and media from both Asia and Europe, including representatives from the European Commission, the International Energy Agency, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Among the guest speakers present was Ms Laura COZZI, Deputy Head of the Directorate of Global Energy Economics at the International Energy Agency (IAE). During her presentation on Energy and Climate Change and how climate pledges shift the energy sector, she highlighted, “Energy sector must cut emissions, while powering economic growth, boosting energy & increasing energy access”.

    This event was the final session of the conference series under the project “Energy Challenges and Climate Change”, building on ASEF’s past work on Sustainable Development and Environment.  

  • In recent years, the ASEM members have shown a strong interest in addressing the issue of climate change. In fact, during the 10th ASEM Summit (ASEM10) in October 2015, in Milan, Italy, ASEM leaders concurred that further and immediate ambitious action was required by all parties to limit far-reaching effects of climate change.

    Responding to the priorities of ASEM partners, ASEF and the Asia Centre have collaborated in exploring the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change, and specifically looking at the role of energy in the transition to a more sustainable future. Under the project, Energy Challenges and Climate Change, ASEF and the Asia Centre have co-organised a series of conferences held in Beijing (China), Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Bangkok (Thailand) on energy and environmental issues in the run-up to COP21.

    As a complement to past conferences, ASEF will once again co-organise a conference entitled,Asia and Europe crossing paths on the way to COP21, on 29-30 September 2015 at the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris, France. In the upcoming conference, distinguished representatives and speakers from academia, science, business, art, politics and media will discuss climate-related issues that will be at the core of the COP21 international negotiations. In particular, they will focus on the topics of renewable energy and energy efficiency, climate finance, emissions trading, climate regulation, private environmental governance as well as resource and risk management.

    The event is the final and most notable session of the conference series, building on ASEF’s past work on Sustainable Development and Environment. 

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