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News Release – June 7, 2007

International Conference in Montreal to Explore Technology and Policy Solutions to Global Warming

Montreal (QC) June 7, 2007 — The climate change debate unfolding at this week’s G8 Summit underscores the critical risks and decisions facing nations as they confront the long-term challenge of climate change. These challenges will be explored in-depth at Climate 2050: Technology and Policy Solutions, an international conference gathering leading experts and decision makers from government, business and academia to consider technology pathways and innovative policies to deliver effective climate action over the next half century. The conference will take place October 24-26, 2007 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal (Canada).

Sessions on key areas, including transportation, renewable energy, green buildings, and carbon capture-and-storage, will highlight technology potentials and gaps, innovative action in the public and private sectors, and critical policy needs. In cross-cutting sessions, the conference also will examine the broader policies and strategies needed at the national and international levels to mobilize action across economies and the globe.

Prominent speakers will include Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); Glen Murray, Chair, National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE, Canada); Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Former Chair, Circumpolar Inuit Conference (Canada); Henri Proglio, President and CEO of Veolia Environnement (France); Pierre Marc Johnson, Counsel, Heenan Blaikie and former Premier of Quebec; Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change (USA); Elyse Allan, President and CEO, GE Canada; 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).

According to Alexander Wood, Acting President and CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy: “This conference will provide a unique opportunity to identify policy pathways between now and 2050 – as well as realistic, achievable and concrete examples of immediate action – at a critical juncture in time when governments, corporations and citizens are seeking solutions to global warming”.

Climate 2050 ( is jointly organized by the Veolia Environment Institute (France), the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (Canada) and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (USA). Montreal-based Unisféra International Centre is the event’s secretariat. The preliminary program as well as a list of speakers confirmed to date are available online. Registration to the event is now available.

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For information:

Karel Mayrand, Director, Research and Consulting, Unisféra, Conference Secretariat
Phone: +1-514-527-2636 –

Ludivine Houssin, Project Manager, Institut Veolia Environnement
Phone : +33 1 53 43 22 50 –

Edwin Smith, Acting Communications Advisor, National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy – Phone: +1-613-943-0397 –

Katie Mandes, Director of Communications, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Phone: +1-703-516-4146 –

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