Get ready for a collaborative and transformational event that unites cities, governments and industry in the fight against the greatest threat facing humanity today!
This conference is free to attend but with interest high we recommend registering today to avoid missing out! 

Event Overview

European cities and Member States are committed to tackling climate change and to meet the EU and global climate change commitments. COP 26 was regarded a success in terms of progress on specific issues, but arguably did not achieve the giant leaps required to ensure global warming is limited to 1.5C. As we look ahead to COP 27 in Egypt, how can innovation and technology support EU governments and in particular European cities, to deliver on the EU’s climate goals?

As Europe emerges from the pandemic, there is a clear roadmap through the European Green Deal and the Recovery and Resilience Facility, to deliver a green and digital recovery. European tech innovation is flourishing, but how can this be best put to work for climate action? Multi-stakeholder engagement and powerful coalitions between city governments, Member States and businesses is key to fully realize the potential of Europe’s role for a smart and sustainable future. This conference will convene a range of city, Member State and EU stakeholders, national and international businesses, start-ups, and procurement professionals to debate the harnessing of the knowledge, technology and financial resources to enable a greener, smarter and more resilient Europe.

“Climate change is one of the most pressing long term challenges of our time. Technology and innovation have an important role to play in helping to address it, and this conference is an opportunity for relevant actors to come together and join forces.”

~ Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries.


“The City of Brussels is pleased to be the host city for this Tech for Climate Action conference at what is a critical time for our future. The team looks forward to meeting the wider community at this important and timely event.”

~ City of Brussels.

Key Discussion Themes

Future Networks and Enabling Technologies

City and Member State efforts to support EU climate objectives

Climate Action Leadership in Business and Government

Funding the EU's Climate Goals

Confirmed speakers include


Virginijus Sinkevičius

EU Commissioner
for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

European Commission



State Secretary
for the Environment and Climate Change

Government of Finland


Niinistö MEP

Greens/EFA Group's Coordinator, ITRE Committee; and Member ENVI Committee

European Parliament



Deputy Mayor,
Alderwoman of
Town Planning & Public Spaces

City of Brussels



Best-selling Author and Technologist

Conference Rapporteur



Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy Europe




Head of Sustainable Development

Brussels Airport



First Deputy Mayor;
Deputy Mayor for Economic Development

City of Lviv



VP Cities and Public Services

Dassault Systèmes



Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems; and Deputy Director, Future Networks, DG CONNECT

European Commission



SVP Government Affairs and Public Policy EMEA




EVP Corporate Social Responsibility

Orange Group


The full conference agenda will be made available shortly. To discuss ways to share your story and join the day’s activities, please contact:

Tom Chinnock at / +44 (0) 7785 795 015.

08:30 - 09:20
Registration & Networking
09:20 - 09:30
Welcome Address from Conference Rapporteur & Host City
Rika Nakazawa
Best-selling Author, Technologist and Conference Rapporteur
Ans Persoons
Deputy Mayor, Alderwoman of Town Planning and Public Spaces, City of Brussels
09:30 - 10:50
Session 1: Keynote Presentations
Virginijus Sinkevičius
EU Commissioner for The Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, European Commission
Terhi Lehtonen
State Secretary for The Environment and Climate Change, Government of Finland
Ville Niinistö
Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Member ENVI Committee, Member ITRE Committee, Member of the European Parliament
Karen Massin
Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy Europe, Google
10:50 - 11:10
Networking & Refreshments
11:10 - 12:50
Session 2: Climate Action Leadership in Europe

This session will explore the work completed to date by both technology companies and European governments and cities. Attendees will benefit from learning how this work has helped to tackle climate change at city, national and EU level. Attendees will benefit from learning about the benefits of climate mitigation and adaptation and the importance of multi-stakeholder engagement, and how EU policymakers are helping cities and Member States across Europe to tackle climate change.


  • Who are the changemakers shaping Europe’s future cities? What impact are they having on climate action?
  • What company strategies are currently in place to cut Europe’s carbon emissions and achieve net-zero?
  • What new business models are emerging to ensure sustainable long-term growth? How are these working alongside existing smart city strategies?
  • What role can technology and innovation play in accelerating cost-friendly, green and sustainable transformation across Europe?
  • What are the business benefits of climate change adaptation and mitigation?
  • What work is being done by city governments and Member States across Europe to support European objectives?
  • To what extent have European cities and Member States been successful in tackling climate change to date?
  • What work has been done at EU level to support cities and Member States accelerate their green and digital transformation?
  • What current partnerships exist to support EU climate objectives?
Lucas Demuelenaere
Mobility, Clean Air and Climate Advisor, Government of the Brussels-Capital Region
Philippe Tulkens
Head of Unit, Climate & Planetary Boundaries, DG RTD; and Deputy Mission Manager, EU Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change, European Commission
Andriy Moskalenko
Deputy Mayor, City of Lviv
Christel Vandenhouten
Head of Sustainable Development, Brussels Airport
Jacques Beltran
VP Cities and Public Services, Dassault Systèmes
12:50 - 14:00
Networking Lunch
14:00 - 15:30
Session 3: Future connectivity requirements and the enabling technologies set to help meet EU climate objectives

This session will focus on the future connectivity requirements at city and national level in order to meet EU climate targets. Speakers will explore the role of EU policymakers, Member States, cities and industry in rolling out 5G and to what extent it has been successful to date. The session will also address the anticipated impact of 6G, as well as the key enabling technologies and applications set to make cities smarter and more sustainable, and how these will help to contribute to the overall success of Europe’s green and digital transition.


–     What future networks and technologies will best support our fight against climate change and what industries and applications will lead the way?

–     Specifically, what role can 5G, 6G and other key technologies, such as AI, play?

–     What support do innovators need from policymakers?

–     How are policymakers supporting the roll out of future networks and smart city technologies?

–     What regulatory and political environment is required to support businesses meet EU targets?

–     Are data centre systems compatible with maximising the EU green agenda?

Fabian Maingain
Deputy Mayor, Alderman of Economic Affairs and Smart City, City of Brussels
Peter Stuckmann
Deputy Director, Future Networks and Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Michael Wiesmüller
Head of Department, Key Enabling Technologies for Industrial Innovation: ICT, Manufacturing and Nano, Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action
Jean-Benoît Besset
EVP Corporate Social Responsibility, Orange Group
Pastora Valero
SVP Government Affairs and Public Policy EMEA
15:30 - 15:50
Networking & Refreshments
15:50 - 17:20
Session 4: Funding Europe’s climate goals

Finance drawn from public, private or alternative sources is a critical enabler for solving climate change and speeding up Europe’s green and digital transition. In August 2020, the European Commission created the Recovery and Resilience Task Force (RECOVER) to help the EU emerge from the pandemic and to make Member States better prepared for the challenges posed by the green transition. Across the plans approved to date, we have already seen Member States exceed agreed targets by allocating almost 40% of the spending to climate measures and 26% to digital transition. This session will explore how companies and cities can benefit from the remaining funds available to help support Europe’s green and digital transition further. This session will also explore how private funds and other sources of finance are supporting technology companies and cities achieve their climate goals and support wider EU objectives.


–     What help is available to support companies and Public Administrations access EU funds to enable the  green transformation?

–     What is being done to mobilise finance to tackle climate change?

–     What private sources of investment are available to speed up the green and digital transition?

–     Who are the key drivers?

–     What other support is available to the next generation of entrepreneurs and technology companies?

Ans Persoons
Deputy Mayor, Alderwoman of Town Planning and Public Spaces, City of Brussels
Giulio Federico
Head of Unit, Recovery and Resilience Task Force – Secretariat General, European Commission
Christian Joelck
Co-founder & Partner, 2150
Representative, Industry
17:20 - 17:30
Closing remarks and next steps
Rika Nakazawa
Best-selling Author, Technologist and Conference Rapporteur
17:40 - 18:30
Networking Drinks Reception
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Sponsorship Opportunities


As a Tech for Climate Action conference sponsor, we look forward to helping you:


Share your story | Your organisation can contribute to the activities and help shape our response to climate change.

Strategically engage with relevant stakeholders | Benefit from a variety of bespoke networking opportunities, including the pre-conference dinner, an invite-only lunch event, a custom-crafted workshop, and conference-wide breaks.
Promote your brand | Explore the wider visibility opportunities to get your brand and messaging in front of your target audience, including pre-event messaging, eco-friendly product-based opportunities and on-site venue advertising.

Showcase your products and services | Promote your work as part of the event’s exhibition, refreshments and networking area.



To learn more about the different ways you can become involved in this event, 

please contact us using the details below.

This conference supports the Sustainable Development Goals

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Event Venue

Thon Hotel EU

Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels, Belgium


For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Tom Chinnock using any of the details below:

Tel: +44 (0) 7785 795 015

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