“COP24 Katowice: The Day After” Conference



Climate change is the biggest challenge for the planet, society and companies. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report indicates that we are deviating from the goals set in the Paris Agreement and that is necessary to urgently and drastically reduce emissions. The global threat is also an opportunity to join efforts, to create a more sustainable growth model, through a just transition.

During this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24), which will take place between 3 and 14 December in Katowice, Poland, the nations of the world will gather to push forward the goals and ambitions of the Paris Agreement and approve the guidelines for its implementation, taking into consideration the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). But what happens afterwards? What are the implications for Spain, namely its business sector and its areas of influence? How to implement urgent, ambitious but also just climate actions?

In Spain, the government has just proposed a new law for Climate Change and Energy Transition, which aims to ban the sales of diesel and gasoline cars, create a renewable electric system, establish low carbon zones in cities with more than 50,000 people, and many other initiatives for the next years.

n this context and continuing a tradition started after COP21 in Paris, SUST4IN organizes another “The Day After” Conference on December 18th, immediately after the COP24, bringing together, once again in Madrid, experts and leaders in climate action to take stock of COP24. We will analyse the current climate actions and the ambition of the whole society, the new Spanish Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition, the new legislation on renewable energies, the case of Madrid and also the commitment and plans of businesses for the next years.

The conference will take place at the Madrid International Lab, and continues the previous “The Day After” events held since 2015.

Speakers already confirmed include:

  • Keynote speaker: Valvanera Ulargui,  Managing Director, Spanish Office of Climate Change, Ministry of Ecological Transition
  • Paz Valiente, General Coordinator for Environment, Sustainability and Mobility, Madrid Municipality
  • Mariano Sanz Lubeiro, National Secretary for Environment and Mobility, Comisiones Obreras (CCOO, Spanish Trade Union Confederation)
  • Valentín Alfaya, Chairman, Spanish Green Growth Group
  • Ana Peña Laseca, Head of Climate Change and Quality, Ferrovial
  • Gonzalo Saenz de Miera, Director for Energy Policy, Iberdrola
  • José Lopez-Tafall Bascuñana, Head of the Financial Innovation Division, Banco de España​