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THE CHANGING ARCTIC:

Global Climate Change - the Need for Action

 

MONDAY 20 AUGUST
1355 Arrival in Longyearbyen by plane from Oslo.
1430 Departure for Ny-Ålesund by plane and helicopter.
1500 Arrival in Ny-Ålesund and check-in.
1700

Welcome to Ny Ålesund and the Symposium by Mr. Knut M. Ore, Chairman of the Kings Bay AS Board and the Symposium Board.

Opening of the Ny-Ålesund Symposium by the Minister of the Environment, Ms. Helen Bjørnøy

1715

SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND:

Chair: Jan-Gunnar Winther, Director, Norwegian Polar Institute

Introduction:

Prof. Chris G. Rapley CBE, Director, British Antarctic Survey and President, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), United Kingdom: “Global Implications of the Climate Changes in the Polar Areas.”

Panel Speakers:

Dr. Robert Corell, Director, Global Change Program, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment and Senior Policy Fellow, American Meteorological Society, USA.

Dr. Vladimir M. Kattsov, Director Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory, Russia

Discussion.

1930 Informal dinner
TUESDAY 21 AUGUST
0730 Breakfast
0830

ECONOMICAL CONSIDERATIONS/TECHNOLOGY:
Chair: Mr. Harald Rensvik, Secretary General, Ministry of the Environment, Norway

Keynote Speakers:
H. E. Ambassador John Ashton, Special Representative for Climate Change, Director General, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom: "Climate Security.”

Dr. Jørgen Randers, Professor at The Norwegian School of Management BI and Chairman of the Norwegian Commission on Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Norway: “Possible Measures to reduce Human Greenhouse Gas Emissions.”

Prof. Dr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Leader of Energy and Technology Programs IIASA and Professor of Energy Economics, Vienna University of Technology, Austria: “Energy Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change.”

1045 Break
1100

Panel Speakers:

Prof. Tom HuTao, Beijing Normal University, P. R. China.

Dr. Pål Prestrud, Director, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO), Norway.

Discussion.

Noon Lunch
1300

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES:

Chair: Dr. Jørgen Randers, Professor at The Norwegian School of Management BI and Chairman of the Norwegian Commission on Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Norway.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Masaki Iijima, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd, Japan: “Business Opportunities for CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS).”

Ms. Margareth Øvrum, Executive Vice President, Technology and Projects, Statoil ASA, Norway: “Responding to the Climate Challenge – Perspectives for Energy Providers.”

1400

Panel Speakers:

Mr. Bård Mikkelsen, CEO, Statkraft, Norway.

Mr. Erik Sauar, Senior Vise President & CTO REC-Group, REC ASA, Norway

Mr. Frederic Hauge, Leader, The Bellona Foundation, Norway.

Discussion

1515 Break
1530

Keynote Speaker:

Lars Christian Alsvik, Director, Norwegian Shipowner's Association: ”The Sea Route to an Improved Environment.”

Panel Speakers:

Dr. Unni M. Steinsmo, President and CEO, The Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF), Norway

Mr. Willy Tomboy, Director, Environmental Affairs, Toyota Motor Europe, Belgium

Dr. Hartmut Heinrich, Group Research, Powertrain, Volkswagen AG, Germany

Mr. Magnus Rystedt, Managing Director, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, Finland

Discussions

1700

First Group of Participants: Boat trip on the King's Bay with the vessel of the Governor of Svalbard. Personal observation of the effects of the Changing Climate on the glaciers and the nature in general.*

Free time for those that are not on the boat trip. The shop will be open between 17.00 – 21.00.

*The vessel only allow up-to 35 passengers

1900 Second Group of Participants: Boat trip.
2100 Return to Ny-Ålesund and dinner in "Mellageret"
WEDNESDAY 22 AUGUST
0700 Breakfast
0800

POLITICAL ACTION: POLICY FRAMEWORK

Chair: Mr. Harald Dovland, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Environment, Norway

Keynote Speakers:

Mr. Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC.) :"Future Climate Change Policy - Challenges."

Mr. Yue Ruisheng, Deputy Director General, Department of International Cooperation, State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), P.R. of China: “Climate Change Challenges seen from a Chinese Perspective.”

Dr. Trigg Talley, U.S Department of State, USA: “US Views on Energy Security.”

Ambassador Mutsuyoshi Nishimura, Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for Climate Change and Ambassador in charge of Global Environment: "Cool Earth 50: Japan's Policy on Climate Change and International Cooperation."

Mr. Anders Wijkman, Member of European Parliament: “The Role of EU – Challenges Ahead”

Discussions

SUMMING UP/CONCLUDING REMARKS:
Minister of the Environment Ms. Helen Bjørnøy.

1130 End of Symposium
1145 Lunch and departure for Longyearbyen
1455 Departure from Longyearbyen for Oslo

Last updated: Apr 23, 2009