The Inter-parliamentary Conference on Climate Change in Helsinki brings together delegations to discuss the climate strategies and targets of the European Union and the action that should be taken.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) described in its report, Global Warming of 1.5 °C, why it is necessary and even vital to maintain the global temperature increase below 1.5 °C. It seems obvious that the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will not be enough to limit warming to 1.5 °C.
The Helsinki Climate Change Conference will focus on open political discussion on the need to increase the emission reduction targets of the EU from 40% to 55% by 2030, and thereby hopefully promote future European action.
Based on keynote introductions from European investors and representatives of the finance world, delegations are invited to discuss the feasibility of mitigation and adaptation options, and the enabling conditions for strengthening and implementing the systemic changes needed. Such systemic change could simultaneously form the basis for a new era of sustainable economic progress in Europe.
8:30 Opening Session
Welcome address by Ms Tuula Haatainen, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament
Opening of the meeting by Mr Hannu Hoskonen, Chair of the Environment Committee and Ms Satu Hassi, Chair of the Grand Committee
8:50 – 9:45 Session I: Strategies for Carbon Neutral Future - Necessity to speed up emission reductions by 2030
Chair of the session: Ms Satu Hassi, Chair of the Grand Committee
Presentations: Status of climate and disasters; need to mitigate and adaptMr Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization
Pathways to limiting global warming below 1.5-2°CDr Gunnar Luderer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Cost-efficient low-carbon pathways to 2030 and 2050Mr Oras Tynkkynen, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra
9:45 – 11:00 Exchange of views – Strengthening of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the EU target for 2030
11:00 – 11:45 Family photo and Coffee break
11:45 – 12:45 Session II: Climate-Smart Finance Sector
Presentations:Sustainable Finance Market; the role of investors Mr Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
Innovative Green Finance: Climate Bonds InitiativeMr Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
Cap-and-trade regulations creating economic opportunities for clean technologies and building national and international partnershipsMr Richard Corey, Executive officer, California Air Resources Board
12:45 – 13:45 Exchange of views
13:45 – 14:00 Closing remarks