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Director, Digital Transformation European Commission (Moderator)
Net environmental impact of digital innovations in different ecosystems
Speakers from leading European ICT companies will present cases, where the use of ICT already had a measurable impact on the environment and the carbon footprint. Additionally they will discuss their vision of the role of ICT for sustainability. As to date there is a lack of agreed methodologies to measure net environmental impact of digital solutions, the necessity and work of the European Green Digital Coalition will be outlined as well.
de Graaf GerardGerard de Graaf is Director for Digital Transformation in Directorate-General Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT). In this capacity, he is responsible for the preparation of the EU’s digital strategies and the interaction between Digital policies and the Green Deal.
Editor-in-Chief Energy Monitor (Moderator)
Transition for the EU chemicals industry
A new long-term vision for the EU's chemical policy is now defined by the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It proposes a transformation of the EU chemicals industry becoming global leader in the production and consumption of safe and sustainable chemicals and materials, including through low-carbon, zero pollution and energy- and resource-efficient processes and technologies. It is now necessary to define the pathway to be followed by the chemicals industry and all main stakeholders for this transformation to happen. This session aims to identify the key elements - e.g. Safe and Sustainable by Design - as well as the challenges, opportunities and milestones of the transition pathway in a discussion with representatives from the EU institutions, the chemicals sector, civil society and the audience.
van Renssen SonjaSonja van Renssen is editor-in-chief of Energy Monitor, a new site devoted to data-driven stories about the global energy transition. Based in Brussels, Sonja previously wrote for energy and climate titles including S&P Global Platts and Nature Climate Change. Sonja has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford.
Director General Medicines for Europe
Strengthening the European pharmaceutical supply chains: what role for industry?
The session will address from an industry perspective the remaining gaps and existing challenges threatening the resilience of European pharmaceutical supply chains. Ways to reinforce the transparency and robustness of industrial value chains will be explored to strengthen the strategic autonomy of the Health industry and its contribution to the EU preparedness for future health crisis.
van den Hoven AdrianDirector General of Medicines for Europe, representing generic, biosimilar and value added medicine manufacturers since 2013.
VP, Head of Global Public Affairs Vestas Wind Systems A/S
Spotlight session: R&D investment and EU green technologies leadership
The session will showcase R&I-based success stories and discuss how to support industrial eco-systems in their green transition and how to build on EU leading position in green technologies. The starting point for the conversation will be the new figures from the EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard 2021 which shows that EU companies are among the global leaders in green technologies but must nonetheless increase their efforts in R&D investment for Europe's industry to lead the green transition in the global economy.
Ørnbjerg KrestenKresten Ørnbjerg has +10 years of experience in the wind industry, international government, and public affairs. He is currently responsible for Vestas' global public affairs and a board member of WindEurope. He has formerly headed Vestas’ EU Affairs. Kresten has a master’s degree (MSc.) in Political Science from University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Vice-President European Commission
Keynote speech - Closing of day 2