In those days of intense EU-Canada relations with negotiations of major agreements, the EU organise the Going Green conference to bring together key experts from both the EU and Canada for a one-day conference on the green economy. This conference was organised jointly by the European External Action Service and the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments of the European Commission.
The conference focused on energy efficiency, green cities and clean energies for a sustainable future. It discussed current best practices from both EU and Canadian angles, and challenges faced at city, regional and country level. It was a pragmatic platform for discussion with a keynote speaker opening the event in the person of Jeremy Rifkin. Cooperation was one of the key outcomes of the event, with an emphasis on practical follow-up such as potential twinning of cities between Canadian and European municipal leaders present at the event.
What is our vision of a "smart" economy based on clean energy and sustainable growth? Are the European and Canadian cities that decided to go green a few years ago doing better than the others? What are the lessons that can be drawn from their experiences? What are the issues at stake, what are the challenges? What are the costs and the benefits? The event took place in the margins of the AMERICANA trade show and brought together some 150 participants.
Final programme of the event [483 KB] 20/03/2013