BusinessEurope "Between economic and climate crisis - Can Copenhagen show a way out?" Conference: extracts from the panel discussion on "What to expect from Copenhagen?" with the participation of Philippe de Buck, Louis Bono and Stavros Dimas
End production: 28/10/2009 First transmission: 28/10/2009
Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, participated in a panel discussion on "What to expect from Copenhagen?" ahead of the UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.
The panel discussion was part of the "Between economic and climate crisis – Can Copenhagen show a way out?" Conference organised by BusinessEurope to discuss best ways to reconcile climate protection and economic growth.
The conference, which attracted 450 participants, was also an opportunity for Stavros Dimas to present his views and Europe's position in the upcoming international negotiations.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment (2 shots)
||General views of the panel discussion (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Philippe de Buck, Director General of BusinessEurope, (in ENGLISH): what we expect from Copenhagen, which will be a tough negotiation, is firstly the Commission to be tough, defending also the position of Europe; we are perhaps the leaders but we want the others to join; secondly, what we expect, and that is put on a scorecard that we have on our desk, is predictability, predictability for industry on targets, on what to achieve, the lines, and what the commitments from others will be; and, last but not least, we want all the major economies to join in in the efforts.
||Soundbite by Louis Bono, Counselor for Energy, Environment, Science and Technology at the US Mission to the European Union, (in ENGLISH): I am sure it is no secret to many people that some members of the US Administration were less than optimistic about the prospects for a (US) Senate bill; but I would counter that by saying that there are leaders in the US Senate right now who are committed to getting this bill out on time by Copenhagen; so we will push as hard as we can to have something by Copenhagen.
||Soundbite by Stavros Dimas (in ENGLISH): what we expect is a (US) vote before Copenhagen so that the Administration will have the mandate to commit in Copenhagen; this is fundamental in order to achieve an agreement in Copenhagen, an agreement that should be global, comprehensive, ambitious and legally binding; global: meaning that all countries of the world will participate; comprehensive: all sectors including forestry, maritime sector and aviation which were not covered by Kyoto; ambitious: and the level of ambition has been agreed by our leaders in Italy in July not to exceed 2 degrees Celsius; and legally binding: because our experience with voluntary agreements is not very positive.
||Cutaways (3 shots)