City to stage green Euro forum

By on 17/03/2011 in News

Green innovation and the best use of resources in 21st century society will be on the agenda when experts from the business, finance and academic sectors meet for a European Commission forum in Birmingham on March 22-23.

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council will be amongst the speakers at the ETAP (Environmental Technologies Action Plan ) Eco Innovation Forum, being staged at the International Convention Centre.

The event will explore the issues facing Europe against the backdrop of a projected global population of more than nine billion by 2050, and the increasing international competition for resources of all kinds - which provides a major market opportunity for the development of products and services that make better use of natural resources.

More than 250 delegates are expected to attend the forum to discuss case studies of best practice and to identify and prioritise key issues that need to be addressed by government and EU action.

The event will be the tenth ETAP forum to be staged since their launch in 2006 and Birmingham joins a list of host locations including leading European cities such as Brussels, Copenhagen, Berlin, Vienna and Paris.

Cllr Tilsley, whose portfolio covers climate change and sustainability, said: “Given the serious environmental resources and economic issues that Europe, including the UK, face, it is crucial that we act together to tackle these. This forum is a key event for developing responses and ideas to these challenges.

“I am delighted this European forum is coming to Birmingham, both because we are good at hosting events but also because we are serious about tackling climate change and we are really keen to promote economic innovation. We have ambitious CO2 targets that we are delivering on and we are vigorously promoting for instance the new digital economy and so the forum has found a natural home.”

“Just as importantly however, it gives us an opportunity to learn from others about the innovation challenges they have faced, and how they overcome them - lessons which will be very useful for Birmingham in the months and years to come.”


Notes to editors

The full forum programme is available here:

Those who want to take part or learn more about the event can participate in the Forum by watching a live webcast, and by offering views and comments to the live event via the channel’s interactive chat facility.

Webcast times:

Tuesday 22nd March 10.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 2.30pm, 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Wednesday 23rd March - 10.30am, 11.15am - 1pm

Webcast URL:

On-demand recordings will also be available at this address after the event.

The 10th ETAP Forum has been organised by DEFRA and the European Commission with the support of the Technology Strategy Board, West Midlands European Service, and Birmingham City Council.

For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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