Second Conference on Financial Networks and Sustainability

This three-day conference (January 17-19, 2018), organized by FINEXUS (Center for Financial Networks and Sustainability) and GCF’s board member Prof. Stefano Battiston (ETH Zurich), bridges academic research, industry and policy expertise in an attempt to narrow the current gaps between analytical methods, financial instruments and governance processes. Read more

GCF @ COP23 in Bonn: discussing green growth and how to turn climate risks

The Global Climate Forum e.V., the University of Zurich and IIASA, together with partners from several joint H2020 research projects, are organizing 4 side events during the second week of COP23 in Bonn.
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Workshop “Green Corridor – Connecting the EU and the Balkans”

May 23rd 2016
Representation of the European Commission in Croatia,House of Europe, Ulica Augusta Cesarca, Zagreb

The EU and the Balkans are becoming ever strongly interwoven. With Croatia being
the newest EU member and Serbia, Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia (FYROM) and Montenegro being candidate countries, the region is
connecting more closely with the European Union. Currently suffering from low
growth, high unemployment and infrastructure deficits, large-scale investments in
sustainable infrastructure projects could enable high benefits in terms of
employment, improvement of outdated equipment, interconnection with the EU28
and resource efficiency in the Balkans. Read more

Workshop “The impact of public investment programmes illustrated by the example of energy efficiency in buildings.”

November 25th, 2015

The European Union faces multiple existential problems with a stagnating economy and climate change being one of the biggest challenges of our time. Typically, not only the causes of these crises but also their (partial) solutions are highly correlated. With its 2030 framework for climate and energy policy, the European Union aims for addressing both issues: fighting climate change along with inducing green growth. Public investments are at the heart if this rationale. In order to pursue climate action and energy efficiency, significant investments are needed, which in turn would address the consequences of the economic crises through higher (green) growth and an increased independence from fossil fuels. Read more

Investment-ortiented climate policy

February 19th + March 3rd, 2015

Thanks to a number of recent studies, initiated mainly by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), it is possible to show that an investment-oriented climate policy can help overcome the stagnation of the European economy and the social and political crisis in Europe. Since other strategies continue to lose their plausibility, it is a must to have an open debate on our current take on climate policy. Read more

III. Open GSS Conference

October 8-10th, 2014
Unpacking Green Growth
A trans-continental conference

The future of global economic growth raises a whole range of questions, including, but not limited to, purely economic ones. Will the successes in reducing global poverty continue? Will inequality within key economies continue to increase? Will global and local environmental disruption continue? In the face of these questions, green growth has been proposed as an appropriate strategy. The vision of billions of poor people achieving a decent standard of living while economic activities become a force of environmental enhancement rather than disruption is certainly attractive. But is it feasible? Read more

Workshop “Sustainability Skills”

September 1st, 2014

Europe is fighting with high unemployment rates, especially among young people and in the Southern member states. Considering the debate on Green Growth stimuli in times of daunting secular stagnation, this workshop will focus on the reform of the vocational education in Europe. A panel discussion with high-level decision-makers and a following working session shall present ideas for a reform of the vocational education system making it more fit for the needs of a low-carbon economy. One of the major topics of the workshop will be the German dual vocational system. Read more

Green Business Models and Green Economy Conference

July 14th, 2014

Economic stagnation as well as climate change are two of the most pressing challenges at a global scale. Despite some positive news, a European economic recovery, especially in terms of employment, is not in sight. Even though there is progress, international climate negotiations have a hard time overcoming the gridlock of the past years. In Europe as elsewhere climate policy discussions are mainly focused on burden-sharing which leads to minimal action. To change this daunting path, there is a need to reframe the discussion on climate policy and economic policy. Read more

Second Open Global Systems Science Conference

June 10-12th, 2013, Brussels, Belgium

Organized by the Global Climate Forum on behalf of the steering committee of the EU project GSDP in cooperation with the EU projects EUNOIA, FOC, INSITE, MULTIPLEX, NESS, and the G3M project, funded by the German BMU.

The study of problems as diverse as global climate change and global financial crises is currently converging towards a new kind of research – Global Systems Science. GSS is emerging hand in hand with the substantial advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The use of computer models, digitized data, and global virtual networks are vital for GSS, in the same fashion that GSS can become a trigger for truly disruptive developments in policy-oriented and socially useful ICT. Read more

Towards a Sustainable Financial System

December 8–9th, 2012,
Potsdam, Germany

What transformations of the global financial system are required to ensure a sustainable development of humankind in the 21st century? The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – IASS – in Potsdam has started an investigation of this question. To support this inquiry, it will organize a series of workshops together with the European research network Global Systems Dynamics and Policy, coordinated by the Global Climate Forum. The first such workshop took place  in Potsdam, Germany, on December 8-9, 2012.  It was dedicated to an assessment of the proposal for a sustainable financial system made by the governor of the People’s Bank of China. Read more