“Conservatives are natural conservationists. On 1 February, in Brussels, ACRE will be organising a one day seminar looking at how we can best improve our environment using market mechanisms; the innovation that comes from capitalism, and the natural sense of trusteeship that is part of Burkean conservatism. Do please come along. Environmentalism, and the world we live in, are altogether too important to be left to the left.” – Daniel Hannan MEP, ACRE Secretary-General
This Summit will also be the occasion for the launch of the latest issue of our new quarterly journal, The Conservative, in which Blue-Green environmentalism will be the leading theme.
Blue-Green Summit I
Discussing the power of market competition to inspire clean and efficient innovation. Recognising that government regulation and individual benevolence, alone, are forecast to be insufficient to face the environmental challenges ahead, this panel will discuss the need for breakthroughs in green technology, and the regulatory structures that best allow these to take place. Significant innovation breakthroughs will make the green option the cost-effective one; such that economic development and environmental improvement can be concurrent phenomena as often as possible.
Discussing the power of private ownership to inspire the sustainable management of natural resources. While the first panel explored the power in what the market is able to produce, this panel will discuss the power in the processes of the market itself; particularly the ways in which private ownership can incentivise sustainable stewardship - and the “Tragedy of the Commons” that awaits its absence. Other trusteeship-based market concepts such as natural capital, carbon trading schemes and catch-shares will also be discussed here.
Blue-Green Summit I
Solvay Library, Parc Leopold, Rue Belliard 137, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Blue-Green Summit I
Rt Hon Lord (Gregory) Barker of Battle PC was the longest serving UK energy minister for a generation. He held the Climate Change portfolio for five years in Opposition (Conservative) from 2005 to 2010 and then served as UK Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change from 2010 to 2014, presiding over the largest ever expansion of UK renewable energy. Lord Barker represented the UK at all major International Climate negotiations as Minister. From 2014 to 2015 he served as the Prime Minister’s special envoy on Climate Change.
In March 2015 Lord Barker left the House of Commons to re-join the private sector. He now sits in the House of Lords, and is a trustee of the Climate Group and member of the European board of the Environmental Defense Fund (Europe). He also serves on the board and advises several major companies both at home and abroad including Powerhive Inc, Lightsource Renewable Energy, Equinox Energy Capital, and Aeolus Gmbh.
Lord Barker was educated at the University of London and London Business School. He trained as an equity analyst before focussing on mergers and acquisitions and private equity, including participating himself in a highly successful MBI. After 14 years in the finance & energy sectors, he was elected to the House of Commons in 2001.
Sigridur Andersen MP
Minister of Justice, Iceland
Sigríður Andersen (Sigga) is Minister of Justice in Iceland’s newly formed government. She sits with the Independence Party as a Member of Parliament (Alþingi) for the Reykjavík Constituency. At Alþingi she has been a member of the standing Economic Affairs and Trade Committee. She is also a regular columnist at the national newspaper Morgunblaðið. Before taking a seat at Alþingi she practiced law for 14 years, half of that time for the Iceland Chamber of Commerce.
Sigríður is a free-market and a minimum government advocate. She fights for general tax cuts and against special tax leniency. In her parliamentary work Sigríður has been an active advocate of more transparency in environmental affairs, contributing to the publishing of accurate numbers of Iceland’s total emission of CO2 divided onto sectors (transport, industry, agriculture, drained wetlands etc.), which revealed disproportionate emphases in the national debate on climate change.
Myron Ebell is the Director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. In November 2016, he was chosen by President-Elect Donald Trump to oversee his transition of the Environment Protection Agency. A well-known libertarian and anti-alarmist climate sceptic, Ebell has worked on energy and environment issues for more than two decades: both at the CEI, and as chair of the Cooler Heads Coalition.
Ebell holds a B.A. from Colorado College and an M.S. from the London School of Economics. He has also done graduate work at the University of California and the University of Cambridge. His writings have appeared in a variety of publications including Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Forbes, Washington Post and the Environmental Law Forum; and he has appeared as a guest on numerous television shows including CNN, Fox News, CNBC and BBC Newsnight.
Orri Vigfússon is a resolute conservationist born in Siglufjoerdur, a small herring town on Iceland’s north coast. As an entrepreneur and life-long outdoorsman, Orri observed the decline in Atlantic salmon numbers. In response he founded the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF), which began when Orri pursued the idea of buying up commercial salmon quotas from fishermen in the Faroe Islands. Since, NASF has become a global coalition of voluntary conservation groups, agreements by which are estimated to cover 85% of the waters which the Atlantic salmon inhabits; and by which between 5 and 10 million salmon have been saved from the fishing industry to return to their rivers of birth to spawn. Orri sees his belief in ‘green capitalism’ as the only way that abundant and profitable fisheries can be maintained in the future.
Orri’s work to restore wild salmon stocks has brought him global recognition and a wealth of honours including the Goldman Environmental Prize, Knight Orders from Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, the Government of France and The Icelandic Falcon from the President of Iceland. In September 2016, Orri was inducted in the International Game Fish Association’s Hall of Fame.
Dr. Khalil Amiri
Khalil Amiri is the Tunisian Secretary of State for Scientific Research. He holds a PhD in Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. He is co-founder of the Arab Governance Institute (AGI) and recently served as Dean of the Mediterranean Institute of Technology. He sits on the boards of the MENA Public Administration Research Network, and the scientific advisory board of IFEDA – a government centre for the capacity building of civil society organisations in Tunisia.
Previously, Dr. Amiri had served for two years as a senior advisor to the Secretary of State for Migration and Tunisians abroad, where he initiated a national strategy on migration. Prior to that he served as an assistant professor of computing at Imperial College London, and held various positions in technological R&D within major computing and services companies such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Credit Suisse. He holds several patents and has published over thirty papers and book chapters.
Dr. Khalil Amiri
Matt Ridley's books have sold over a million copies and been translated into 30 languages. His book 'The Rational Optimist' won the Hayek Prize and the Julian Simon Prize. He was awarded the Free Enterprise Award by the Institute of Economic Affairs in 2014. He writes regularly in the Wall Street Journal and is a weekly columnist for The Times.
As Viscount Ridley, he was elected to the House of Lords in February 2013. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest book is 'The Evolution of Everything'.
Anneleen Van Bossuyt MEP
Anneleen Van Bossuyt has been a Member of the European Parliament since beginning of 2015. She sits on the European Parliament committee for Industry, Research and Energy; the delegation for relations with the United States, and on the delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. Her focus is on better regulation, entrepreneurship, the digital internal market, innovation and energy. She considers it her personal goal to help bridge the gap between citizens and Europe.
She studied law at the University of Ghent and European law at the University of Rennes in France. Following her studies in France, she worked as an assistant at the European Institute of the University of Ghent’s Law Faculty. Before moving to the European Parliament she worked at the N-VA’s research department focussing on the European domain. She is also co-author of the three editions of the book ‘This is how Europe works’ (‘Zo werkt Europa’).
Anneleen Van Bossuyt MEP
Prof. Philip Booth
Philip Booth is Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs and Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. Previously, Philip worked for the Bank of England as an advisor on financial stability issues and he was also Associate Dean of Cass Business School and held various other academic positions at City University. He has written widely, including a number of books, on investment, finance, social insurance and pensions as well as on the relationship between Catholic social teaching and economics.
Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and an honorary member of the Society of Actuaries of Poland. He has previously been involved in a number of projects to help develop actuarial professions and actuarial, finance and investment professional teaching programmes in Central and Eastern Europe.
Prof. Philip Booth
Michael is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of research for senior decision-makers in clean energy and transportation. He is also a Board Member of Transport for London, the capital’s transport authority, a member of the high-level advisory board of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and holds a variety of other directory and advisory positions in business and the non-profit sector. Michael is a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College Energy Futures Lab.
Michael graduated in Engineering from the University of Cambridge with first class honours, winning the Ricardo Prize for Thermodynamics, the Christ’s College Wyatt Prize and a College Scholarship. He earned his MBA from Harvard, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar and earned first and second year honours.
Jos Delbeke has been the Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action since its creation in 2010. Mr Delbeke has been responsible for developing the EU's international climate change strategy and was for many years the European Commission's chief negotiator at the United Nations climate conferences. He was very involved in the negotiations on the European Union's 2009 policy package on climate change and energy in the European Council and Parliament. He has been a key player in developing EU legislation on cars and fuels, the Emissions Trading System (ETS), air quality, emissions from big industrial installations and chemicals (REACH).
Mr Delbeke holds a PhD in economics (1986, Louvain, Belgium) and worked in 1985 at the International Monetary Fund (Washington DC, USA). He has been a lecturer at the University of Louvain on European and international environmental policy since 2013. As an economist, he has always underlined the role of market-based instruments and cost-benefit analysis in the field of the environment. In 2015, Mr Delbeke co-authored a book entitled "EU Climate Policy Explained", which aims to explain the EU's climate policies in an accessible way.
Daniel Hannan MEP
Member of the European Parliament and President of IFT
Daniel Hannan is a writer, journalist and politician. After 17 years as a Member of the European Parliament, campaigning for British withdrawal from the EU, he succeeded in abolishing his job in the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016. He is the author of nine books, including New York Times bestseller 'Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World', and Sunday Times bestseller 'Vote Leave'. His latest book is 'What Next: How to get the best from Brexit'.
Blue-Green Summit I
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
10:00 - 10:15
Welcome and presentation of The Conservative journal issue
10:15 - 10:35
10:35 - 11:35
How market competition inspires green innovation
11:35 - 11:55
11:55 - 12:15
12:15 - 13:15
How private ownership inspires green management
13:15 - 13:20
13:20 - 14:00