Last week, from 23 to 26th June, the 9th edition of the Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, took place under the motto “Climate Change: act and adapt” and gathering among others scientists, NGOs, policy makers, climate experts and business leaders.
Around 3000 people attended the conference and visited the exhibition, with 60 stands. UIC, together with CER, participated in the event with a stand presenting the works achieved by the railway community regarding environment, such as Train to Copenhagen or the online tools EcoTransit and EcoPassenger with live demonstrations to the visitors.
The large variety of topics tackled this week reflected well the multifaceted character of the issue of climate change. It is indeed not just about climate, but also economy or social matters.
The key messages of this edition were delivered during the opening session, in presence among others of Mr Ladislav Miko, the Czech Minister for Environment, and Mr Stavros Dimas, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Environment, who underlined the urge for “an ambitious international agreement at the Copenhagen conference in December followed by determined and effective international action. It is the future of our planet that is at stake and time is running out.”