Ottawa Climate Talk: Advancing Sustainable Energy - April 2018

This year, Canada assumed the G7 presidency. From June 8 to 9, the leaders of the world’s most advanced economies will meet to discuss and attempt to build consensus around today’s most challenging global issues. One of the five G7 themes announced by Prime Minister Trudeau this year is ‘working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy’.

The panel discussed the challenges and opportunities of the G7 in advancing clean energy in times of political uncertainty, rising economic nationalism and resurgent climate change skepticism. While sharing experiences from Canada and Germany, the conversation focused on the ways that the G7 can share best practices, set the right conditions, avoid roadblocks, and present tangible strategies for a smooth transition toward sustainable energy.

This event was organized by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in partnership with the Smart Prosperity Institute, the University of Ottawa Institute for Science, Society and Policy and with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Event photos (Facebook album)

Opening Remarks


Sabine Sparwasser, German Ambassador




Dr. Monica Gattinger, Director, Institute for Science, Society and Policy


Keynote Speaker


Dr. Claudia Kemfert, Professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability and Head of the department Energy, Transportation, Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin)



Céline Bak, President, Analytica Advisors


Laura Oleson, Director General, Energy Policy Branch, Natural Resources Canada



Derek Hermanutz, Director General, Economic Analysis Directorate, Environment and Climate Change Canada

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