Transatlantic Cooperation on Energy Security and Climate Change

October 3, 2013 - 12:40 pm

1030 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC
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As the consequences of climate change become more evident, collaboration between the United States and the European Union continues to be essential for ensuring energy security, environmental sustainability, economic growth, and political stability in the Atlantic community and worldwide. The Transatlantic Cooperation on Energy Security and Climate Change conference is an initiative of the Emerging Leaders in Energy and Environmental Policy (ELEEP) Network that aims to connect a new generation of decision-makers in the Euro-Atlantic region with senior policymakers in these fields and inject new voices into the transatlantic policy discourse. 

ELEEP is an elite group of leaders under the age of forty from eighteen countries across North America and Europe committed to transatlantic collaboration to advance effective energy and environmental policies and innovative solutions to the challenges posed by climate change. The network connects more than one hundred government officials, academics, elected representatives, CEOs, nonprofit leaders, and legislative staff from the United States and European Union to facilitate the sharing of best practices and an open, outcome-oriented dialogue about the future of energy and environmental policy in the Atlantic community.

Hosted by the Atlantic Council and Ecologic Institute, this conference will connect these exceptional rising energy and environmental leaders with senior policymakers and business experts in Washington, DC. The event will feature keynote presentations, two dynamic panel discussions, and a post-conference happy hour and networking event with members of the ELEEP Network beginning at 5:30 at the Atlantic Council.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email.

Please note the Atlantic Council's new address, and use the West Tower elevators to the 12th floor when you arrive.

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12:40 – 12:50 p.m. -- Introductory Remarks

  • Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council
  • Michael Mehling, President, Ecologic Institute, Washington DC

12:50 – 1:40 p.m. -- Pannel Discussion: Reflections on the Current State of EU - US Energy and Environmental Policy

  • Andrew Holland, Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, American Security Project; Member, ELEEP Network

  • Christian Burgsmueller, Counselor – Head of Transport, Energy, Environment and Nuclear Affairs Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States
  • Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, Special Representative for Climate Change, United Kingdom Foriegn and Commonwealth Office
  • Tom Weirich, Vice President of Corporate Relations; Director of International Programs & US-China Program, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE); Member, ELEEP Network

1:45 – 2:55 p.m. -- Panel Discussion: The Changing US and European Energy Landscape and the Impact on Transatlantic Cooperation

  • Georg Caspary, Energy Economist for the Sustainable Energy Group, The World Bank; Member, ELEEP Network

  • Steven Mufson, Energy and Finance Writer, Washington Post
  • Vaclav Bartuska, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
  • Hon. Boyden Gray, Founding Partner, Boyden Gray & Associates LLP; Former US Ambassador to the EU; Board Member, Atlantic Council

2:55 – 3:10 p.m. -- Coffee Break 
3:10 – 4:20 p.m. -- Panel Discussion: US and European Climate Change Initiatives: Are We on the Right Path to Achieve Energy Security and Address Climate Challenges?

  • Ásbjörg KristinsdóttirProject Planning and Construction, Landsvirkjun; Lecturer, Reykjavik University; Member, ELEEP Network

  • Georg Maue, First Secretary for Climate and Energy Issues, Embassy of Germany
  • Mark Drajem, Environmental Reporter, Bloomberg News
  • Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director, National Resources Defense Council
  • Hon. Sherri W. Goodman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corproate Secretary, the CNA Corporation; Board Member, Atlantic Council

4:30 – 5:15 p.m. -- Final Thoughts: Opportunities and Challenges for Transatlantic Cooperation

  • Mihaela Carstei, Deputy Director, Energy and Environment Program, Atlantic Council 
  • Dominic MarcellinoFellow, Ecologic Institute

5:15– 5:45 p.m. -- Networking Happy Hour at the Atlantic Council

This event is hosted in partnership with the Ecologic Institute and funded by the European Union and Robert Bosch Stiftung.
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