Summit on Sectoral Cooperation. One Voice on Climate Change.

    WARSAW, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - The most important task posed for the
participants of the forthcoming "Summit on Sectoral Cooperation" is to develop
a common position and to identify opportunities for the cooperation of
governments and energy-intensive industries to tackle climate change. The
Summit, organized by the Ministry of Economy of Poland, will take place on
27-28 November in Warsaw.
    The meeting will be attended by representatives of over 20 countries,
which are responsible for 80 percent of global CO2 emissions. Ministers for
industry and representatives of industries will discuss the best methods of
combating climate change. The talks are meant to create new opportunities for
cooperation within and between energy intensive sectors in facing the
challenge of their own emission. One of the instruments, which can be used for
that purpose, is the transfer and application of new, environmentally friendly
    The energy intensive industry will be represented by producers of steel,
cement and aluminum, who are responsible for around 11 percent of global CO2
emissions. The meeting will therefore also serve to promote public-private
cooperation in the process of designing the climate change policy.
    During the discussion the opinions of branch associations will also be
taken into account. These include, among others, International Aluminum
Institute, which represents more than 80 percent global production of aluminum
and the International Iron and Steel Institute (75 percent of global steel
production). So far, they have implemented programs, such as "The Aluminum for
Future Generations" and "The CO2 Breakthrough", which are examples of already
undertaken sectoral initiatives.
    The meeting, which is an initiative of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
of Economy of Poland, Mr. Waldemar Pawlak, precedes the 14 Conference of
Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP14),
held on December 1-12 this year in Poznan.

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