Transatlantic Cooperation on Energy and Climate Policy: New Stakeholders, New Strategies     Print
Monday, 31 March 2008

The Hon. Stavros Dimas, Commissioner for the Environment of the European Commission highlighted the new public awareness of climate change that includes a sustainable policy toward reducing global warming. He stated that there has been significant progress in moving towards this policy not only in government but also in business. Commissioner Dimas stressed that the United States and European Union have the important role of leading the rest of the world to act fast on limiting the impacts, like nature disasters, of carbon dioxide emissions. A discussion followed on the future solutions to energy and climate issues. The meeting was chaired by The Hon. William Nitze, Chairman of GridPoint, Inc. and the Climate Institute, who added that there is no time to waste in engaging developing countries such as China and India into energy and climate policies. Participants also raised the issue of how the auto industry could be part of finding solutions to climate change, suggesting that the commercial development of biofuels was one answer. The dialogue addressed the need for a transatlantic approach to climate change and energy policy.