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Join us for our Online Conference to explore and share ideas on how to break through the obstacles currently preventing us reaching zero carbon goals – and what new policies could enable us to meet these goals.


The Green European Foundation, in cooperation with Green House Think Tank is organising the online conference as part of the Climate Emergency Economy project.  This work forms part of a wider project led by the GEF involving Green House in the UK, Scientific Bureau of Groenlinks in the Netherlands and Green Foundation Ireland.

This online conference follows successful events last year on Climate Jobs and a Just Transition and Climate Emergency – Raising Ambition.

About the Event:

Under the title “Achieving zero carbon trade, investment and industry” the Conference will focus on What needs to change for trade, investment and industry to meet the challenge of the climate emergency and exist within planetary boundaries?

A new report from the Green European Foundation and Green House Think Tank introduces a new toolkit to aid policy makers and campaigners to rethink trade.

The “Trade and Investment Requirements for Zero Carbon” Report is now available for download. (Technical Annex – Methodology)

What obstacles are blocking decarbonisation? What policies will enable the changes we need?

With speakers from the Netherlands and Ireland, a political panel discussion, break-out sessions and chances for networking, please join us to explore what a climate emergency economy could look like.


  • Natalie Bennett (Green Peer)
  • Saskia Bricmont (Belgian MEP and Member of the Committee on International Trade)
  • Anna Cavazzini (German MEP and Member of the Committee on International Trade)
  • Peter Sims (Green House Think Tank)
  • Jonathan Essex (Green House Think Tank)
  • Evert Nieuwenhuis (GroenLinks)
  • Tommy Simpson (Green Foundation Ireland)
  • Davie Philip (Cultivate)
  • Ellie Chowns (England and Wales Green Party)
  • Jean Blaylock (Global Justice Now)


14:00 – Welcome & introduction

14:05 – Session 1a | Chair – Natalie Bennett

  • Trade story highlights
  • Introduction of the Blockers & Enablers toolkit
  • Group discussion

14:30 – Session 1b | Chair – Natalie Bennett

Decarbonising Industry – The Netherlands

  • Presentation
  • Pairs discussion

Re-localisation / Shortening the Supply Chain – Ireland

  • Presentation
  • Pairs discussion

14:50 – Session 1c | Chair – Natalie Bennett

Group discussion – Q&A from the audience

15:15 – Short break

15:30 – Session 2 | Chair – Natalie Bennett


  • Ellie Chowns, England and Wales Green Party International Spokesperson
  • Jean Blaylock, Campaigns and Policy Manager, Global Justice Now
  • Saskia Bricmont (Belgian MEP and Member of the Committee on International Trade)
  • Anna Cavazzini (German MEP and Member of the Committee on International Trade)

16:30 – End of event




This event will kick off new work on trade, infrastructure and industry – and we’d love to have you there.

Time: BST (British Summer Time)

Registrations are now open



This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Green House and with the financial support of the European parliament to the Green European Foundation.


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