The urgency of a radical cut in greenhouse gases emissions on a global scale has been seen by oil companies as the biggest threat to their business model. After decades supporting negationism, oil, gas and coal companies are using all the tools available to survive, always aided by conniving governments. Unmasking these strategies is essential.
November 24th, Saturday, 16h00
Alfons Peréz (Debt Observatory in Globalization, Spain)
Alfons Pérez is an electrical engineer and holds an MA in sustainability. He currently works for the Observatory of Debt in Globalisation where he analyses EU energy policies from a geopolitical angle and highlights the influence of financial logic on the energy sphere. One of those policies is the EU Energy Strategy, the main aim of which is to diversify fossil fuel supplies with a view to reducing high dependency on Russia. This strategy involves building major import and interconnection infrastructure between Member States, specifically extremely high voltage gas lines and mega-pipelines.
Daniel Tanuro is a Belgian agricultural engineer and environmentalist. He is the co-founder of the European eco-socialist movement and co-author of the first eco-socialist manifesto. He regularly collaborates with a number of media that specialise in environmental issues. He has published several books on climate change and eco-socialist alternatives, the most recent of which is entitled Green Capitalism – Why It Can’t Work and has been translated into and published in Catalan.
Frida Kieninger (Food & Water Europe, Europe)
Frida Kieninger is a Brussels-based Food & Water Europe campaign officer promoting a ban on fracking in Europe. Working with local European groups and US-based researchers, she raises awareness of the countless risks of hydraulic fracturing. After completing her master’s thesis on intensive agriculture in southern Spain, Frida became involved with issues concerning the European food system as well as the transition to a sustainable energy system, community energy and questions of climate justice. She has dealt with various food and energy issues in the context of EU institutions and Brussels NGOs.
Moderator: Ana Rita Antunes (Zero, Portugal)