How private and public actors can work together for innovation and economic growth to fight against climate change?



The Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" and the French Embassy in Bulgaria organize a round table "How private and public actors can work together for innovation and economic growth to fight against climate change?” The event will be held on 12.11.2015 at 18:30 at the Institut français de Bulgarie, 3, Slaveykov square, Sofia.

In particular, the aim is to present and discuss the opportunities and challenges of a low carbon development for Bulgaria. This transition is of a huge importance as far as extreme weather events caused by the changed climate become more and more frequent.  Like an earthquake, the consequences reach companies, shaking their supply chains, disrupting commodity prices and exposing them to both political risk and costly regulatory changes.
Severe weather events and changing weather patterns, current or impending regulations imposing a cost on carbon and an altered competitive environment will have an inescapable impact on numerous business sectors, supply chains, customers and products.

But climate change also presents society, business and investors with opportunity. Innovative products and new technologies are emerging to help mitigate pollution, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and limit our overall impact on the environment – all the while creating new markets, job opportunities and growth potential. Those that seize these opportunities are best positioned to thrive in a resource-constrained economy.

Therefore shifting the use and production of energy towards a more sustainable level is not merely a technical issue for a group of experts within the country but needs the attention and support of the society and business and requires the exchange of experiences between the different stakeholders.