The Great Transformation – Greening the Economy

May 20, 2010

Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Copenhagen UN climate conference did not achieve a binding agreement on greenhouse gas reduction targets. However, the need for bold measures against climate change persists. Key to such a development is the transition towards a “Low Carbon Society” and the ecological remodelling of industrial society.

As we leave the fossil industrial age, the great transformation of the global economy on the basis of renewable raw materials and energies, demands profound political reforms as well as technological innovations. The ecological transformation of global capitalism provides tremendous opportunities for innovative enterprises, job creation and new “green” lifestyles.

There are two vital topics which are central to this international conference: “Smart Policies” - the basic political parameters and regulatory instruments and “Smart Technologies” - the leading technologies and key projects for an ecological turnaround. Moreover, we will be addressing the question of what new alliances and actors must come together to stop climate change.

Tomorrow starts today but how can today’s policies shape tomorrow’s world? Are there common objectives, strategies and policy instruments for Europe and the United States? A rapidly growing world population requires increasing wealth, but how can we fit economic growth with sustainable development? Which policies support the transformation of our economy into a green economy? Will these policies set the right price signals for better resource efficiency and renewable resources and allow for public infrastructure and technological and social innovations?



Die Konferenzinformationen existieren auch auf Deutsch.

    Conference languages

    There will be simultaneous interpretation of all panel discussions from German into English and vice-versa.
    PLEASE NOTE: There won’t be simultaneous interpretation of all workshops. You will find detailled information on this at our website closer to the conference.

      Project management and information:

      Dorothee Landgrebe
      Head Department Environmental Policy and Sustainability
      Phone: +49-30-285 34 238

      Melanie Sorge
      Politcal Consultant/ Project Manager
      Phone: +49-30-417 23 395
      Mobile: +49-179-871 60 93


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      Table of contents and the complete publication.


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      Table of contents and the complete publication.