Malta strongly rep­re­sented at the Cli­mate In­no­va­tion Sum­mit in Mi­lan

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

Cli­mate-KIC, Europe’s largest pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship tack­ling cli­mate change through in­no­va­tion, held 'The Cli­mate In­no­va­tion Sum­mit' in Mi­lan on Oc­to­ber 30 and 31 at­tended by Paragon Europe Chair­man Ed­win Ward and Paragon Europe CEO Dr. An­ton Theuma, to­gether with other members of Paragon Europe's Cli­mate-KIC Na­tional Team.

Cli­mate-KIC, one of a num­ber of Knowl­edge and In­no­va­tion Com­mu­ni­ties cre­ated by the Euro­pean In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (EIT), has a mis­sion to ac­cel­er­ate the zero-car­bon econ­omy through de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tion for mit­i­ga­tion and adap­ta­tion.

Cli­mate-KIC's Cli­mate In­no­va­tion Sum­mit is Europe's lead­ing event con­nect­ing cli­mate in­no­va­tors and lead­ers from city rep­re­sen­ta­tives to pol­i­cy­mak­ers, busi­nesses, en­trepreneurs, sci­en­tists and aca­demics to share best prac­tice and cre­ate the op­por­tu­ni­ties to scale-up the so­lu­tions that ac­cel­er­ate cli­mate ac­tion.

The the­matic plat­form in­tro­duced by Cli­mate-KIC Chair­man An­ders Wi­jk­man was fol­lowed by a pri­vate meet­ing with Paragon Europe Chair­man Ed­win Ward where they dis­cussed the 'Val­letta Dec­la­ra­tion on a Zero Car­bon Econ­omy in the Mediter­ranean' drafted by Paragon Europe and launched ear­lier this year, as well as ex­chang­ing ideas on the im­por­tance of ef­fec­tively en­gag- ing with the con­struc­tion in­dus­try for tan­gi­ble change to move to­wards more sus­tain­able prac­tices.

Mr. Ward also met with Cli­mateKIC founder and In­ter­na­tional Am­bas­sador, Pro­fes­sor Mary Ritter OBE to dis­cuss Paragon Europe's vi­sion to lead as an in­no­va­tion lab in the Mediter­ranean on cli­mate change is­sues through in­volve­ment in key Cli­mate-KIC pro­grammes. Mr. Ward held talks with Cli­mateKIC CEO Dr. Kirsten Dun­lop to deepen Paragon Europe's in­volve­ment in Cli­mate-KIC pro­grammes.

Dur­ing the Sum­mit Mr. Ward held con­sul­ta­tions with Cli­mateKIC Di­rec­tors Ebrahim Mo­hammed and Sean Lockie to dis­cuss Paragon Europe's on­go­ing in­volve­ment in ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives and ur­ban tran­si­tions.

Paragon Europe Chair­man Ed­win Ward said, "We face an ur­gent need for vi­sion­ary cli­mate lead­ers. Ad­dress­ing cli­mate and eco­nomic chal­lenges starts with cli­mate change en­trepreneurs like Dr. An­ton Theuma who have the guts to get out of their com­fort zone. Malta is very ably rep­re­sented in key Euro­pean net­works such as Cli­mate-KIC through Paragon Europe's tal­ented teams led by Dr. Theuma in Malta and Brussels. We look for­ward to im­ple­ment­ing our ex­panded role in Cli­mate-KIC fol­low­ing this Sum­mit."

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