05Countries around the world are facing the challenge of decreasing their carbon footprint in the effort of tackling climate change. Most recently, at the G20 Summit, the US and China agreed to ratify the Paris climate change agreement, with the UK likely to follow suit soon. This move is perhaps one of the strongest impulses for governments in developing countries to invest more resources in sustainable development, renewable sources of energy and green innovation in general.
In the past several years’ countries in the SEE region have felt the brunt of heavy rainfall, pollution, deforestation and other serious challenges that intersect to create damaging effects on the environment and on the sustainability of life. Macedonia experienced flash floods two years in a row, whose effects were worsened by rampant deforestation, which in turn is accelerated by the lack alternatives to energy conservation in residential homes.
These serious issues will be discussed at the Macedonia2025 Summit on the panel on Envisioning the Future of the World by the use of Renewable Energies. The panel is going to look at energy security, how countries in the Nordic region are striving towards 100% sustainable energy, developing new business models focused on the smart use of natural resources, as well as new opportunities emerging in a world of shifting expectations regarding the environment, energy and health.
The Renewable Energies panel will feature professionals who have vast experience in the field of green innovation. Some of the confirmed speakers are Karina Barnhold Klepper – Senior Adviser at the Nordic Council of Ministers; Peter Kaznacheev – Director of the Centre for Resource Economies in Moscow; Boris Manev – Manager of Environmental Affairs at Epson Europe; Francesco Oddone, Independent consultant on European Smart City projects, Former Deputy Mayor of the City of Genoa and Chairman of Eurocities’ Economic Development Forum The panel’s Chair is John Bitove, Principal Shareholder at Obelysk Inc. from Canada, who is a successful entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Macedonia2025. This panel will be completed by additional two speakers who have promoted and supervised green innovation and efforts in sustainable development.