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Daniela Jacob as invited speaker at the Climate and Energy Summit in Brussels

On October 18, 2018 Daniela Jacob was invited as speaker for the Climate and Energy Summit of Friends of Europe in Brussels.

Friends of Europe is a leading think tank that connects people, stimulates debate and triggers change to create a more inclusive, sustainable and forward-looking Europe.

The high-level annual summit brought together an exciting mix of high-level speakers and a few hundred participants, including policymakers, academics, business leaders, civil society representatives and members of the international press from Europe and beyond.

Excerpts from the summit’s summary:

„Europe must align ist long-term decarbonisation strategy with latest IPCC findings“

Urgent action is essential to curb damaging climate change, top senior stakeholders from Europe and around the world told the Friends of Europe ‘Climate and Energy Summit’ on 18 October in Brussels.

Screenshot Friends of Europe Daniela Jacob

Screenshot Friends of Europe

Discussed were the impacts of climate change, exacerbating the intensity and frequency of extreme events such as hurricanes, heavy monsoons and floods. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) report ‘Global Warming of 1.5°C’, released two weeks ago, noted “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes” are needed for the world to meet the 1.5°C goal.

Daniela Jacob, Director of the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) and coordinating lead author of the latest IPCC report, warned: “If the world keeps global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, global carbon emissions must decline by about 45% between 2010 and 2030 and hit ‘net zero’ by 2050.”

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