Parallel session 2 - Climate 2050

 24, 25 and 26 october, 2007
 Palais des Congrés of Montréal - Canada
 Climate Change

► Parallel session 2

From China to Europe to North America, governments are setting aggressive renewable energy targets, driving new investment in wind, solar and other clean energy sources. As technological breakthroughs bring down costs and open new zero-carbon pathways, renewables can play a significant role in addressing climate change while meeting the growing demand for energy.

Claude DEMERS, Science Communicator, Hydro-Quebec, Canada
Robert HORNUNG, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association, Canada
Daniel KAMMEN, Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Kyle KASAWSKI, Managing Director, Conergy Sales Canada
Joanna LEWIS, Senior International fellow, Pew Center on Global Climate Change, USA
Mahesh VIPRADAS, Head - Regulatory Affairs, Senergy Global Pvt Ltd, India

With the number of motor vehicles worldwide projected to top 1 billion by 2025, improved vehicle efficiency is key to raising air quality, strengthening energy security, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As automakers introduce hybrid vehicles and explore other new technologies, governments are debating how best to drive quick and dramatic improvements in transportation efficiency.
Richard GILBERT, Consultant on Urban issues, Canada
Huiming GONG, Program Officer, The China Sustainable Energy Program, The Energy Foundation, China
Drew KODJAK, International Council on Clean Transportation, USA
Reinhard SCHULTE-BRAUCKS, Head of Automotive Industry Unit, Directorate General for Enterprise, European Commission
Tom STRICKER, Manager, Technical & Regulatory Affairs, Toyota, USA


Deforestation is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Improved forest management can reduce emissions while preserving biodiversity and contributing to sustainable rural economies. New policies and international strategies are needed to support efforts in tropical forest countries and to ensure that the climate benefits are real and sustained.
Ana Cristina BARROS, Country Representative, The Nature Conservancy, Brazil
Federica BIETTA, Deputy Director, Coalition for Rainforest Nations, USA
Werner KURZ, Senior Research Scientist, Global Change and Landscape Ecology, Canadian Forest Services, Canada
Robert NASI, Senior Scientist, CIFOR, Indonesia
Robert PROLMAN, Director, International Environmental Affairs, Weyerhaeuser, USA