Natural environment  |  Events  |  01.03.2012

Leading by Example – European Climate Leadership at Home and Abroad

The Heinrich Boell Foundation EU Office is organizing a lunch debate on the prospects for the EU to raise domestic climate ambition. A recent study by the European Commission showed that a more ambitious EU carbon target would have a much lower total impact on the economy than previously expected. However, decisions to raise the 2020 emissions reduction target and to strengthen the EU Emission Trading Scheme remain outstanding. 

EVENT: Lunch debate

DATE: 1 March 2012, 12:30 – 14:30 

PLACE: Sofitel Brussels Europe, Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels

LANGUAGE: English 

The expectations for the Durban Climate Summit were extremely low, as countries were dealing with a deepening economic crisis. Yet, an agreement was reached that some called a triumph for European climate diplomacy. The EU’s diplomatic alignment with small island states and least developed countries proved crucial for reaching the final agreement now known as the Durban Platform. 

In the context of the economic and Eurozone crisis, what are the prospects for the EU to raise domestic climate ambition? Do the EU’s institutional settings under the Lisbon Treaty permit to strengthen a coherent climate vision for Europe and beyond? How can the EU enhance its alliance with other global climate frontrunners and address a changing world order? What steps does Europe have to take that underpin the EU’s climate leadership and ensure an ambitious future global agreement? 


  • Michael Christensen, Deputy Head of Cabinet, Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard 
  • Bas Eickhout, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA
  • Hans JH Verolme, Principal and Senior Adviser, Climate Advisers Network 
  • n.n. (tbc), Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union 

Moderator: Claude Weinber, Director, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung EU Office 

No admittance without confirmed registration. Please send the attached reply form to: Silvia Brugger, bruggerboelleu

A sandwich lunch will be available between 12.30 and 13.00. The meeting will start at 13.00 and is held under Chatham House Rule.