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.
for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
for the Environment and Climate Change
Government of Finland
Greens/EFA Group's Coordinator, Industry, Research & Energy Committee; and Member of the Committee on Environment
The full conference agenda will be made available shortly. To discuss ways to share your story and join the day’s activities, please contact:
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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.
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?
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?
As a Tech for Climate Action conference sponsor, we look forward to helping you:
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