Conference Climate 2050-Montreal, 24-26 October 2007

Conference Climate 2050-Montreal, 24-26 October 2007

October 24, 2007 05:00 ET

Climate 2050: Premier Jean Charest and Sheila Watt-Cloutier to Open International Climate Conference in Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2007) - The Honourable Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec, accompanied by Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Former Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Conference, will open today Climate 2050: Technology and Policy Solutions. This international climate conference, being held October 24-26, 2007, at the Palais des congres de Montreal (Canada), brings together leading experts and decision makers to discuss effective climate action over the next half century.

The intense climate change debates unfolding over the past months underscore the critical risks and decisions facing nations as they confront the long-term challenge of climate change. The Climate 2050 Conference will bring together in Montreal leaders representing business, academia and governments from all continents to explore the broader national and international policies and strategies needed to effectively tackle the climate change challenge.

The conference explores key issues, including: transportation, renewable energy, green buildings, and carbon capture-and-storage, highlighting technology potentials and gaps, innovative action in the public and private sectors, and critical policy needs. It also examines the broader policies and strategies needed at the national and international levels to mobilize action across economies and the globe.

"The issue of climate change has reached a 'political tipping point', climbing to the top of the agenda of the international community," said Pierre Marc Johnson, Counsel, Heenan Blaikie, former Premier of Quebec and Member of the Institut Veolia Environnement Foresight Committee. "The Climate 2050 conference provides an excellent opportunity for governments and businesses to identify concrete lines of immediate action to achieve effective emissions reductions by 2050."

Prominent speakers include David McLaughlin, President and CEO, National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (Canada); Henri Proglio, President and CEO of Veolia Environnement (France); Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change (USA); Elyse Allan, President and CEO, GE Canada; Dick Evans, President and CEO, Alcan Inc; Thierry Vandal, President and CEO, Hydro-Quebec; John Holdren, Chairman of the Board of Directors, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Harvard University (USA); Rob Bennett, Clinton Climate Initiative (USA); Reinhard Schulte-Braucks, Head of Automotive Industry Unit, Directorate General for Enterprise, European Commission, and Youba Sokona, Executive Secretary, Sahara and Sahel Observatory (Tunisia).

Climate 2050 ( is jointly organized by the Institut Veolia Environnement (France), the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (Canada) and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (USA). The event is presented in collaboration with Alcan Inc. and Hydro-Quebec. Montreal-based Unisfera International Centre is the event's Secretariat.

Contact Information

  • Unisfera, Conference Secretariat
    Stephanie Jagou
    Director, Development and External relations
    Cell: +1-514-743-4063
    Institut Veolia Environnement
    Marie-Claire Camus
    Media Relations Director
    Cell: +33 6 26 00 00 26
    National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
    Edwin Smith
    Acting Communications Advisor
    cell: +1-613-858-0757
    Pew Center on Global Climate Change
    Tom Steinfeldt
    Communications Associate
    Cell: 571-235-8462