Press Release: International Conference to Examine Innovative Policy Solutions to Global Climate Change

For Immediate Release:
February 10, 2000

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International Conference to Examine Innovative Policy Solutions to Global Climate Change

Environmental Officials and Business Executives from Around the World to Gather in Washington, D.C. to Discuss their Climate Change Mitigation Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pew Center on Global Climate Change and the Chatham House/Royal Institute of International Affairs will host an international conference to discuss what industrialized country governments and the private sector are doing to address the serious issue of global climate change.

The conference will be held April 25 and 26 at the Willard Inter-Continental Washington Hotel and will feature innovative policy measures currently being implemented to address global climate change. High-level government officials and senior business executives will present their views and help launch thoughtful and provocative discussion among the conference panelists and the audience. Speakers will include:

  • John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister, United Kingdom;
  • Jan Pronk, Minister for Housing, Spatial Planning and the
           Environment, The Netherlands;
  • Robert Hill, Minister for the Environment and Heritage,
           Australia;
  • Rodney Chase, Deputy Group Chief Executive, BP Amoco.

T opics of discussion during the 1 1/2 - day conference will include common policy approaches (taxes, trading and negotiated agreements), cross-cutting issues such as competitiveness and trade harmonization, energy and transportation sector policies, and state and local level programs.

Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, will deliver the conference's opening and closing remarks.

The Pew Center was established in May 1998 by the Pew Charitable Trusts, one of the nation's largest philanthropies and an influential voice in efforts to improve the quality of America's environment. The Pew Center supports businesses in developing marketplace solutions to reduce greenhouse gases, produces analytical reports on the science, economics and policies related to climate change, launches public education efforts, and promotes better understanding of market mechanisms globally.

The Pew Center includes the Business Environmental Leadership Council, which is composed of 21 major, largely Fortune 500 corporations all working with the Pew Center to address issues related to climate change. The companies do not contribute financially to the Pew Center - it is solely supported by contributions from charitable foundations.

For more information on the Innovative Policy Solutions To Global Climate Change Conference, visit the Pew Center web site at www.c2es.org.