Climate-KIC Supports the Launch of Maltese Climate Change Conference

Paragon Europe, with the support of Climate-KIC, held a very well attended event at the International Press Club Association in Brussels last week. The event introduced a major climate change conference being held under the auspices of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of Europe in May 2017.

Attendees included EU regional offices, private companies and umbrella organisations along with government representatives, academics, scientists, delegates from the Maltese Permanent Delegation and media organisations such as Al-Ahram News, Euractive, EU Observer, Focus Magazine and ANSA.

Paragon Europe are now co-ordinating a Steering Committee which will implement plans agreed with Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change Dr. José Herrera around the major themes for the conference: mobility and decarbonisation, circular economy, urbanisation and financial instruments to achieve the planned actions.

The event entitled “Climate Change Challenges in the Mediterranean under Malta’s EU Presidency” was opened by Paragon Europe chairman Edwin Ward who stated that if global warming continues on its upward path, and if climate change is not mitigated by reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, within the next 30 years Malta could be very different to how we know it today.

Paragon Europe’s Chairman went on to say that global warming will affect Malta in many ways. The impact of climate change will lead to more extreme and haphazard weather patterns, with prolonged Saharan-style heatwaves, more intense rainy periods and longer dry spells. The escalating rise in temperature will be accompanied by severe water shortages as rainfall in Malta is drastically reduced by some 12 per cent, which is significant when the aquifer is already in a critical state.

Other speakers included Bertrand van Ee, Senior Adviser to Climate-KIC, Dr. Mike Cherrett, Director of External Partnerships at Climate-KIC, Paragon Europe CEO Dr. Anton Theuma, Paragon Europe Executive Director Dr. Nadia Theuma and Edward Vernon, Environment Unit Co-Ordinator from Malta’s Permanent Representation to the EU.

Dr. Mike Cherrett, Director of External Partnerships, Climate-KIC gave an overview of Climate-KIC’s global network and showcased a number of successful projects supported by Climate-KIC. In summing up Mr. Ward said that Paragon Europe are proud to lead this initiative from the front as the the national contact point for Climate-KIC.

 
News you may be interested in
news
Fresh boost to industrial symbiosis in Europe

EIT Climate-KIC has teamed up with five partners to...

Fresh boost to industrial symbiosis in Europe
news
Europe’s annual climate innovation summit to be ...

The 2018 Climate Innovation Summit, Europe’s leading event on climate...

Europe’s annual climate innovation summit to be held in emerging green finance centre Dublin
news
Pollution-sucking ‘smart’ trees bring clean ai...

Recent installations of the pollution-sucking CityTree in London and...

Pollution-sucking ‘smart’ trees bring clean air to London and Brussels
news
New project aims to mobilise Europe on ‘drawdown...

EIT Climate-KIC, together with the German Energy Agency (DENA)...

New project aims to mobilise Europe on ‘drawdown’
news
Mainstream climate change into post-2020 funding f...

EIT Climate-KIC is calling on the European Commission to...

Mainstream climate change into post-2020 funding framework, Climate-KIC urges European Commission
news
New European research-backed programme aims to inc...

EIT Climate-KIC is to launch an ambitious forestry innovation...

New European research-backed programme aims to increase sustainable forestry
news
EIT Climate-KIC Spain boosts new national public-p...

EIT Climate-KIC Spain is playing a major role in...

EIT Climate-KIC Spain boosts new national public-private partnership for climate action
news
EIT Climate-KIC aims for truly pan-European reach

Europe’s leading public-private innovation initiative focused on climate change...

EIT Climate-KIC aims for truly pan-European reach
news
EIT Climate-KIC CEO urges mayors to consider their...

Cities must consider the infrastructure and environmental legacy that...

EIT Climate-KIC CEO urges mayors to consider their role in boosting climate innovation
news
Solar start-up praises EIT Climate-KIC’s assista...

EU-backed start-up incubation programmes such as EIT Climate-KIC’s Accelerator...

Solar start-up praises EIT Climate-KIC’s assistance on clean energy live stream
news
European Commission report on Sustainable Finance ...

The European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Sustainable Finance...

European Commission report on Sustainable Finance affirms its commitment to climate action
news
EIT Climate-KIC innovators featured in Forbes 30 u...

Six EIT Climate-KIC innovators have been honoured in this...

EIT Climate-KIC innovators featured in Forbes 30 under 30 Europe List
news
New EIT urban mobility and manufacturing innovatio...

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), the...

New EIT urban mobility and manufacturing innovation communities launched
news
European innovation body offers support to Portugu...

EIT Climate-KIC is calling on leading business, educational and research...

European innovation body offers support to Portuguese and Lithuanian regions
news
Europe’s first open innovation platform for clim...

A new EIT Climate-KIC supported capacity-building tool for climate-smart...

Europe’s first open innovation platform for climate-smart agriculture launched
news
New study finds Climate-KIC and wider EIT Communit...

A new study has found that EIT’s Knowledge and...

New study finds Climate-KIC and wider EIT Community delivering significant impact for Europe
news
Climate-KIC start-up SOLHO one of Europe’s Top 5...

Climate-KIC start-up SOLHO was one of four winners honoured...

Climate-KIC start-up SOLHO one of Europe’s Top 50 innovators
news
Innovative solutions sought for urban challenges

Climate-KIC’s Urban Challenges programme is seeking to support start-ups...

Innovative solutions sought for urban challenges
news
Climate-KIC supported start-up ZOLAR completes €...

• Sunstone Capital, Statkraft Ventures, Partech Ventures and Tim...

Climate-KIC supported start-up ZOLAR completes €4m financing round
news
Women entrepreneurs talk climate business in Bonn

What characteristics do people think of when they hear...

Women entrepreneurs talk climate business in Bonn
news
Climate-KIC kicks off innovation initiative for ci...

Comprehensive plan launched to support urban agglomerations as test...

Climate-KIC kicks off innovation initiative for cities
news
Climathon rallies an international city movement t...

More than 100 global cities gather for world’s largest...

Climathon rallies an international city movement to tackle climate change