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Symposium: International Climate Politics and the Energy Transition

05-04-2018 at 20:00 - 22:00

International Climate Politics and the Energy Transition

For many years, the countries which have signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change have been meeting to discuss the situation of dealing with climate change. The most recent climate conference took place in Bonn, in November last year. But what results has climate politics delivered? And how can countries make international climate agreements work in practice?

Marcel Beukeboom, top climate envoy for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, will speak about the diplomatic successes and shortcomings of climate negotiations. Beukeboom is an experienced diplomat who has worked at the Foreign Ministry as well as the Dutch embassy in the US. He will paint a picture of the results which have been achieved with the climate conferences in Paris, Marrakech and Bonn, and the (political) obstacles which impede further progress.

Kornelis Blok will discuss the challenges and new possibilities in the field of energy sources and energy use. Blok is a Professor of Energy Systems Analysis at the Delft University of Technology and director of the energy consultancy Ecofys. He will explain how this field has developed in recent years. How can countries use climate policy to promote renewable energy? And to what extent can new sustainable technologies contribute to the fulfilment of the Paris Agreement?

This event will take place in the Van Swinderen Huys (Oude Boteringestraat 19) and is free and open to everyone.



20:00 - 22:00


Van Swinderen Huys
Oude Boteringestraat 19
Groningen, 9712GC
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