Climate Change

Climate-KIC and Paragon Europe are highlighting the climate challenges in the cradle of civilisation, to create a world's first zero carbon economy solution in the Mediterranean by 2030 and issue an important Valletta Declaration from the conference that binds generations to come.

By organising a conference around 3 important pillars, the challenges and solutions in green urban centres, circular economy and green finance, Climate-KIC will also showcase the key deliverables achieved so far on Smart Sustainable Districts and its plans to extend the flagship programme to the Mediterranean.

The Smart Sustainable Districts (SSD) is a Climate-KIC programme that works closely with highly ambitious districts, such as Malta, across Europe to identify innovative solutions to their sustainability and climate change challenges.

Throughout the conference the focus will be on low carbon mobility concepts, the operation of smart grids, energy neutral buildings, the promotion of efficient water management and improvement of public and green spaces.

Paragon Europe's signature approach in tandem with Climate-KIC is to provide solutions to the challenges. A series of keynotes and presentations in the morning will be followed by afternoon workshops where solutions to challenges will be provided.

As the key outcome, Mediterranean countries and member states of the European Union take note and declare ourselves supportive of the private sector-driven "Valletta Declaration on a Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy by 2030" objective, completing the vision towards a zero carbon economy in the region.

Registration and Practical Details

Date | May 29, 2017

Venue | University of Malta – Valletta Campus

Valletta Campus, St Paul Street, Valletta. VLT 1216

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Agenda

08:30

Registration

09:00

WELCOME SPEECH AND CONFERENCE HOST

Edwin Ward, Chairman, Paragon Europe

09:15

SCENE SETTING

The Commissioner will set the scene with the latest developments on climate change initiatives launched by the Commission, touching upon circular economy, climate change and energy efficiency in the Mediterranean

Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs & Fisheries, European Commission (video-message)

09:30

INTRODUCTION

The Minister will introduce Malta’s place in the wider European context, highlighting policy developments which are encouraging the shift towards low carbon in Malta with a focus on urban centres. The CEO of Climate-KIC will link these to the efforts of the Knowledge Innovation Community, highlighting the Smart Sustainable Districts Flagship Programme.

Hon. José Herrera MP, Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Malta
Kirsten Dunlop, Chief Executive Officer, Climate-KI

10:00

COFFEE BREAK

10:30

SMART SUSTAINABLE DISTRICTS

Introduction Speech and Moderator: Tim Taylor, Smart Sustainable Districts Programme Manager, Climate-KIC

Panel:
Keith Budden, Head of Business Development, CENEX
Čedo Maksimović, Professor at Department of Civil Engineering, Imperial College London
Leonardo Rosado, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology
Christoph Mazur, Smart Sustainable Districts Coordinator, Climate-KIC
Q&A

12:30

LUNCH

13:30

PARALLEL SESSION I – GREEN URBAN CENTRES

Challenges: urban mobility and sustainable buildings in smart districts

Introduction Speech and Moderator: Alexiei Dingli, Mayor of Valletta

Panel:
Peter Paul Barbara, Manager and National ITS Co-ordinator, Transport Malta
Giovanni Pavesi CEO, Linde Gas Italy
George Cutajar, Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA)
Matthew Spiteri, Managing Director, Altern Limited
Dario della Sala, Head of Division "Sustainable Materials", ENEA
Q&A

15:00

Ideation Exercise and Debate

13:30

PARALLEL SESSION II – CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Challenges: waste management in the HORECA sector and water management in agriculture

Introduction Speech and Moderator: Vincent R. Attard, President, Nature Trust Malta

Panel:
Manuel Sapiano, Chief Technical Officer, The Energy and Water Agency of Malta
Edwin Zammit Deputy Director for Programme Management, Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST)
Clyde Falzon, Strategy Implementation Manager, Waste Services Corporation of Malta
Begoña Pérez Villarreal, Director of Innovation, EIT Food
Jochen Froebrich, Coordinator of Water and AgriFood, WssTP
Q&A

15:00

Ideation Exercise and Debate

13:30

PARALLEL SESSION III – GREEN FINANCE

Challenges: SEAPs and green finance for municipalities

Introduction Speech and Moderator: Anton Theuma, CEO, Paragon Europe

Panel:
Jesmond Aquilina, Deputy Mayor of Ħal Qormi and Member of Local Councils Association
Amber Wismayer Executive Board, Building Industry Consultative Council of Malta
Sara Pettersson, Climate and Environment Planning Unit, City of Gothenburg
C.S Psomopoulos and G.C. Ioannides, Professor at Electrical Engineering Department, Piraeus University of Applied Sciences
Q&A

15:00

Ideation Exercise and Debate

16:00

COFFE BREAK

16:15

FLASH PROJECT PRESENTATIONS

Eloisa Macedo, University of Aveiro
CISMOB - Cooperative Information Platform for Low Carbon and Sustainable Mobility

Antonio Galgaro, University of Padova
Cheap-GSHPs - Cheap and efficient application of reliable Ground Source Heat exchangers and Pump

Petri Kuisma, Lapland University of Applied Sciences
REMIX - Smart and Green Mining Regions of EU

Nadia Theuma, Paragon Europe
FREEWAT - FREE and open source tools for WATer resource management

Marie Prouteau, Euronovia
SOLPART - High Temperature Solar-Heated Reactors for Industrial Production of Reactive Particulates

Antoine Gatt, University of Malta
LifeMedGreenRoof

17:15

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE VALLETTA DECLARATION

17:30

CLOSING

Hon. Joe Mizzi MP, Minister for Transport and the Infrastructure of Malta

17:45

NETWORKING COCKTAIL

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