CARBON EXPO 2011: Building a new framework to fight climate change
The next must attend conference for carbon market, in Barcelona!

CARBON EXPO, the Global Carbon Market Trade Fair & Conference, returns to Barcelona this June for the second time in its history after its first edition in Spain on 2009. The eighth edition of the world’s largest annual platform for climate and carbon finance, emissions trading and carbon abatement technologies will be held from the 1st to the 3rd of June 2011 at Fira de Barcelona’s Montjuí¯c venue. This edition will be jointly organized by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the World Bank, and Fira de Barcelona.

From COP16 in Cancun last December to COP17 in Durban this December, CARBON EXPO in Barcelona is strategically placed mid way in time and distance. This year’s edition will look at where we are with making scaled up clean infrastructure financing, market mechanisms and a new international deal before the final push is made in Durban.

For Teresa Ribera, Secretary of State for Climate Change for the Government of Spain, “this is the right place and the right time to foster an open, fruitful debate among specialists and that is how we have approached this year’s event, highlighting the opportunities offered by financing actions against climate change, adopting a broader outlook than that provided by carbon financing”.

With over 3,000 visitors coming from 111 countries, 280 exhibitors and more than 47 CDM/JI host countries, and 115 media attending last year’s edition, CARBON EXPO has established itself as the international crossroad where the entire energy and carbon market value chain meets up.

Among those present are senior business executives from financial and legal corporations, energy and consulting firms, political leaders and senior government officials, UNFCCC representatives, investment promotion agencies and multilateral development organizations, CDM/JI host countries representatives and project developers, NGOs, academia and think tanks.

“Barcelona is proud to host a gathering for the exchange and discussion on such a critical issue for the planet, and at the same time so full of opportunities for an industry of growing value and visibility for our citizens as the emerging CO2 emissions market and CARBON EXPO has become the ultimate global platform for its development” says Jordi Hereu, Mayor of Barcelona.

CARBON EXPO’s 2011 Thematic Focus – “Finance & Technology for Green Growth”:

Green growth is an inspiring concept, which is catching on all over the world.   But there is much less consensus over what it means in practice.   Which technologies are truly green? Which can be engines of growth? And most importantly, how can they be afforded, and how can they be financed?
CARBON EXPO this year reflects the widening of interest in the carbon market and among low-carbon investors to encompass all forms of climate finance. It will look at how economic opportunities can be developed out of the green agenda, but its focus is improving the process of public money and public policy leveraging private sector money, in order to meet green growth aspirations.   CARBON EXPO will chart the development of new markets, new partnerships and new opportunities, and will look at the capacities and capabilities that will need to be created in developed and developing countries alike.

“Concern for the environment without concern for growth is self-defeating” says Henry Derwent, President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). “Only by showing that economic growth can continue to improve people’s lives across the planet will the environmental agenda gain political force. The economic transformation to a green, low carbon, sustainable-consumption world can be as empowering as the rise of motor transport or information technology. Markets and economic incentives are needed to drive this transformation, and Carbon Expo brings market professionals and green technology specialists together”.

This year’s conference program, featuring 26 in-depth interactive workshops and 9 high level plenary sessions, will be articulated around the following key topics: Climate Financing & Investment, Energy & Low Carbon Technology, and Policies & Instruments for Climate Action. In addition, the CARBON EXPO 2011 Trade Fair will feature a dedicated TECH PAVILION.   Some of the confirmed exhibiting sectors include: automobile, cement, aviation, solar and wind.

“Fira de Barcelona is pleased to organize the 8th CARBON EXPO and host the show for a second time after a successful 2009 edition and we are very proud that the World Bank and International Emissions Trading Association have chosen us again” said Agustí­n Cordí³n, CEO of Fira de Barcelona. “Barcelona and Fira are strongly committed to the preservation of the environment and fostering sustainability and are therefore particularly honored to host the show again. We are already working with enthusiasm and dedication to act once more as a bridge between Europe, the Mediterranean and Latin America and make this next 2011 CARBON EXPO one of the best ever”, added Cordí³n.

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