Natural environment  |  Events  |  07.10.2011

Transatlantic solutions for a low-carbon economy: Are regional initiatives the best hope for U.S. action?

The Brussels office of Heinrich Böll Foundation together with Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia is organizing a panel discussion focused on the latest developments in U.S. climate and energy policy. The panel will discuss the best future opportunities for progressive climate and energy policies at the regional and state level on both sides of the Atlantic.

EVENT: Panel Discussion and Report Launch

DATE: 7 November 2011, 12:30 – 14:30

PLACE: Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union, Rue Montoyer 47, Brussels

The ongoing financial crisis in Europe and high unemployment in the United States are crowding out climate change from the political agenda. The current opposition of the U.S. Congress to climate policy in the United States make it difficult to win support for policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and spur the deployment of renewable energy. Meanwhile, the EU leadership on climate policy has diminished. Nevertheless, a transatlantic partnership of the United States and Europe remains the best hope for leading an international fight against climate change. The Heinrich Böll Foundation has sponsored The Climate Network, a two-year programme co-funded by the European Commission, which will be presented at the event. The Climate Network has enabled experts, stakeholders, and decision makers to share experiences of successful policies to drive low-carbon economic development in the United States and Europe.


  • Vicki Arroyo, Director Georgetown Climate Center
  • n.n.*, European Commission DG Climate Action
  • Rebecca Harms*, Co-President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament


  • Thomas Legge, Senior Program Officer, GMF
  • Frank Groneberg, Manager Community Solar Park Rodenäs

Moderator: Claude Weinber, Director Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union

* to be confirmed






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