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Preparing for the European Green Deal:

TownHall Europe
Square de Meeûs 5-6, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

Preparing for the European Green Deal:

What Toolbox for Climate Neutrality?


This event is fully booked and registrations are closed.

As we have exceeded room capacity, only registered participants will be allowed access. Persons who are not registered will not be allowed access due to security reasons.  

The event will also be livestreamed on the CEPS Youtube Channel:


The ambition to reach a net-zero emitting European economy by 2050 will require to take a fresh look at the full suite of solutions needed. Changes will ultimately be triggered by
developing new approaches, mind-sets and behaviours. This event will aim at providing new solutions and fresh perspectives that can facilitate the achievement of climate neutrality,
i.e. options we can propose to the member states that face the biggest difficulties in meeting the target.
The event will combine inspirational contributions from well and lesser-known out-of-the-box thinkers with comments by high-level policy makers, industry representatives and other
A new approach to carbon policies is the underlying theme of the conference, that is, moving from single, often technology-specific policies (e.g. efficiency, renewables, forestry
etc.) to a more encompassing framework which can make use of a complete toolbox without taboos. This toolbox’s broad range of solutions span from CO 2 reuse, CO 2 removal,
carbon sequestration in agricultural lands and other sinks, and temporary off-setting to more radical alternatives such as direct air capture. Some of the discussion’s key words will
be value chain approach, deconstruction of industries (e.g. new base chemicals), industrial symbiosis, BECCS, carbonated building elements, soil carbon or carbon removal.
The conference will emphasize the first and foremost importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while keeping in mind that as time runs out, the EU and the world cannot
afford the luxury of leaving viable solutions out of the equation. There is a need to kick start a global movement to reduce and sequester as much CO 2 as we possibly can as fast as

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Associate Senior Research Fellow

Speakers list
Sonja van Renssen,

Freelance Energy, Environment and Climate journalist, Brussels

Katri Kulmuni,

Minister of the Economic affairs, Finland

Martin Bruncko,

Founder and Managing Partner, STEAM CAPITAL, London

Sabine Fuss,

Jubilee Professor, Chalmers University, Göteborg; Mercator Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change & Humboldt University, Berlin

Maria van der Hoeven,

Senior Fellow at CIEP (Clingendael International Energy Program), Member of Global commission on New Climate Economy, former Executive Director of IEA, former minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, Netherlands

Åke Iverfeldt,

CEO, MISTRA Foundation, Sweden

Tony Rinaudo

Principal Advisor, Food Security and Natural Resources Team, World Vision Australia

Jeroen Uytterschaut,

EU Representative & Executive Director, World Vision

Artur Runge-Metzger,

Director, Climate Strategy, Governance and Emissions from Non- trading sector, DG Climate Action, European Commission

Marianne Tikkanen,

Co-founder of (co2 removal market place)

Ville Niinistö,

Member of European Parliament, Green Group, Finland

Vegar Andersen,

City Council for Business and Ownership, City of Oslo, EU Environmental Capital of 2019, Norway

Terhi Lehtonen,

State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Finland

Paula Pinho,

Acting Director, Energy Policy, DG Energy, European Commission