BusinessEurope "Between economic and climate crisis - Can Copenhagen show a way out?" Conference: extracts from the closing speech by José Manuel Barroso on "Tackling Climate Change in the New Political Cycle"

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-063478   Duration: 10:30:07  Lieu:
End production: 28/10/2009   First transmission: 28/10/2009
On 28 October 2009, BUSINESSEUROPE organised a conference to discuss best ways to reconcile climate protection and economic growth, ahead of the UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen in December. Around 400 participants taked part in the debates with topics ranging from climate and energy policies around the world to visions for a low-carbon future. José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, gave the closing speech under the title "Tackling Climate Change in the New Political Cycle". He said that one reason to reach an agreement in Copenhagen is to give companies predictability and certainty to include the climate policies into their future investment plans.

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10:27:15 Title 00:00:04
10:27:20 Exterior view of the Charlemagne building where the conference took place 00:00:05
10:27:25 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC 00:00:05
10:27:30 Cutaway people attending the conference 00:00:05
10:27:35 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: And one reason why we need that agreement is to give companies the predictability, the certainty that you have just now mentioned. And that I believe they need the factor climate policies into their future investment plans.Certainty, predictability is essential for business, that's one of the reasons why in the Commission we have put forward proposals, and we have been trying to get them approved, adopted as soon as possible, to have this framework for your business investment plans in the medium and sometimes in the long term. 00:00:38
10:28:13 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:28:17 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: The impact in terms of food security, the impact in terms of hunger felt now in Africa because of desertification is happening now. So indeed it is a very very urgent issue from an environment point of view, but also from a development and humanitarian point of view. 00:00:20
10:28:37 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:28:42 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: I'm not prepared to see European industry driven from our shores by badly designed or naif climate change policies. But we have addressed these concerns in our climate and energy legislation to most people satisfaction. And indeed work is now under way in putting this into place. We can lead the world into moving towards a more sustainable economy while preserving European competitiveness. And we will do it. 00:00:24
10:29:06 Cutaway 00:00:03
10:29:09 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: I remain worried about the prospects for a successful conclusion of the Copenhagen Conference. Because despite all the evidence of existing green growth and innovation and paradigm shifts, despite renewed political commitment at leaders level that I have seen for example in New York, we still need to seal the deal. 00:00:22
10:29:31 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:29:36 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: Substantial amount will need to come in flows of public finance from the developed to developing world, from around 22 billion to 50 billion euros a year by 2020. And the European Union will have to be ready to pay its chair including on fast start funding. So as we enter the last few weeks before the Copenhagen conference I will not take my eye of this issue for a sedcond: the stakes are simply to high. 00:00:31
10:30:07 Cutaway 00:00:05
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