Conference notice: understanding and comparing EU and US actions on climate change

On 24 and 25 April IEEP and the Natural Resources Defense Council will be hosting a conference in Washington DC allowing civil society from both sides of the Atlantic to debate policy, contrast effort and call for action in the field of climate change.

Following on from the launch of the energy and climate package on 23 January there is a pressing need to debate the scale and effectiveness of action to tackle climate change on both sides of the Atlantic. This conference is a culmination of a year of discussion with civil society actors to develop an understanding regarding key areas of concern and how priorities contrast between the EU and US. The conference is part of IEEP and NRDC's Transatlantic Platform for Action on the Global Environment (T-PAGE). For more information visit the T-PAGE minisite

The Washington Conference will take place over two days. The first day will be an intensive expert workshop focusing on emissions from transport and biofuels use; this reflects concerns over the lack of action to address emissions from transport, rising concerns about expanded use of biofuels and pressure from some to include aviation, marine transport and road transport within cap and trade systems.

Day two will be a larger event designed to inform civil society more broadly about the differences and similarities between action in the EU and US, discuss best practice domestic solutions, demystify key policies such as the EU ETS etc. Discussions will predominantly focus on cap and trade, and the differing perceptions of actors on both sides of the Atlantic.

IEEP will be taking experts from the EU over to Washington for the event. European experts would take part in the workshop on day one, and potentially present ideas and concepts from a European perspective on day two.

If you would like to find out more about the conference please contact Sirini Withana