Climate Conference

California-European Dialogue on Climate Change
A Transatlantic Initiative During the Portuguese EU Presidency

Santa Barbara, California
November 13-15, 2007

Note: This is a closed-session conference. A press conference is scheduled at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort on Thursday, Nov. 15. (See agenda below.)

Participants at a conference hosted by the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management will seek to build upon European Union nations' several years of experience carrying out the mandates of the Kyoto Protocol, as California moves toward implementing AB 32, California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act, which Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law in August 2006.

Titled "California-European Dialogue on Climate Change: A Transatlantic Initiative During the Portuguese EU Presidency," the three-day conference will bring together political figures, climate-change and energy experts, and businesspeople from the United States and the European Union. The group will meet at Bren Hall and other Santa Barbara venues for discussions intended to result in policy and legislative recommendations to address greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, and renewable energy sources.

The event is co-sponsored by the Bren School, the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the Blackstone Ranch Institute in New Mexico, the Heinrich-Böll Foundation in Germany, and the Luso-American Development Foundation in Portugal.

Participants will complete their work by recommending specific legislative or regulatory actions – or amendments to existing regulations or procedures – that California and the EU can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency, and promote renewable sources of energy.

A press conference will be held at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, just prior to the conference close.

 

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Tuesday, November 13

The Mural Room, Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Santa Barbara


7:30 p.m. Opening Dinner
Host: Embassy of Portugal, Washington, DC

Welcome to the conference:

  • Daniel Hamilton, Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS
  • Ernst von Weizsäcker, Bren School, USCB
  • Ralf Fücks, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
  • Rui Machete, Luso-American Development Foundation
  • John Richardson, Blackstone Ranch Institute

Welcome to Santa Barbara:

  • Marty Blum, Mayor of Santa Barbara

Introduction:

  • Rui Machete, Luso-American Development Foundation
  • Speaker: Michael Chrisman, California Secretary for Resources

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Wednesday, November 14

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

UC Santa Barbara


9:00 a.m. Session I - Emission Trading System (ETS)
Remarks: Peter Zapfel, European Commission
Comment:

  • Gary Gero, California Climate Action Registry
  • Rainer Baake, Deutsche Umwelthilfe

10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

10:45 a.m. Session II - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Sources of Energy
Remarks: Ira Ruskin, California State Assembly
Comment:

  • John Geesman, California Energy Commission
  • António Mexia, National Energy Company of Portugal (EDP)
  • Danyel Reiche, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik

12:30 p.m. Luncheon: What Can Be Done To Get Developing Countries On Board?
Remarks: Ernst von Weizsäcker, Bren School, USCB

2:00 p.m. Session III - Steering Mechanisms
Remarks: Felipe Duarte Santos, University of Lisbon
Comment:

  • Christian Hey, German Federal Environmental Agency
  • Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board


3:30 p.m. Coffee Break

3:45 p.m. Session IV - Doing Well by Doing Good: Business Development Opportunities in California through an Innovative Climate and Energy Policy
Remarks: Pedro Pizarro, Southern California Edison
Comment: Reinhard Bütikofer, Die Grünen

7:30 p.m. Dinner, Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara
Host: Consulate of Germany, Los Angeles
Remarks: Ralf Fücks, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

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Thursday, November 15

Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort

Santa Barbara

9:00 a.m. Session V - Getting Developing Countries on Board
Remarks: Kathrin Gutmann, WWF International
Comment: Thomas Grimm, World Vision International

10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

10:45 a.m. Session VI – Action Agendas for California and the European Union
As a result of the discussion at the conference, participants will recommend specific legislative or regulatory actions – or amendments to existing regulations or procedures – for California and the EU to take in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency, and promote renewable sources of energy.
Remarks: Bodo Linscheidt, Office of the German Federal Chancellor, Climate Division
Comment:

  • Paul Relis, Blackstone Ranch Institute
  • Carlos Pimenta, Centro de Estudos em Economia da Energia, dos Transportes, e do Ambiente

12:30 p.m. Press Conference

2:30 p.m. Concluding Lunch


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PARTICIPANTS (view participant biographies)

Rainer Baake, Deutsche Umwelthilfe

Rui Machete, Luso-American Development Foundation

Pedro Martins Barata, Center for Clean Air Policy, Ecoprogresso

Katrien Maes, Center for Transatlantic Relations
Marty Blum, City of Santa Barbara John Melack, Bren School, UCSB
Michael Chrisman, California Resources Agency Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board
António Martins da Costa, Horizon Wind Energy

Carlos Pimenta, Centro de Estudos para a Economia de Energia Transportes e Ambiente

Ralf Fücks, Heinrich-Böll Foundation

Pedro Pizarro, Southern California Edison

John Geesman, California Energy Commission Danyel Reiche, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik
Thomas Grimm, World Vision International Paul Relis, Blackstone Ranch Institute

Michael Haltzel, Center for Transatlantic
Relations

John Richardson, Blackstone Ranch Institute

Daniel Hamilton, Center for Transatlantic
Relations

Ira Ruskin, California State Assembly
Laura Harnish, Environmental Defense

Felipe Duarte Santos, University of Lisbon

Christian Hey, German Federal

Environmental Agency

Mario Soos, Embassy of Germany
David Holwerk, Sacramento Bee

Christian Stocks, Consulate General of Germany,

Los Angeles

Arne Jungjohann, Heinrich Boell Stiftung Lisa Svensson, Center for Transatlantic Relations

Reymer Kluever, Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Helga Flores Trejo, Heinrich-Böll Foundation
Charlie Kolstad, Bren School, UCSB Ernst von Weizsäcker, UCSB Bren School

Jack Loiello, Luso-American Development

Foundation

Peter Zapfel, European Commission