The biggest annual conference devoted to European environment policy has started this week the European Commissions Green Week 2009.
It takes place from 23 to 26 June in Brussels and will examine the challenges of reducing European Union and global greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the climate change that is already under way.
Eight of the sessions will also try to come up with a realistic vision of how a low-carbon world in 2050 would look. More than 4,000 participants from Europe and beyond are expected at the event.
Commission President José Manuel Barroso will give a keynote speech at the closing session on 26 June, which will look ahead at prospects for the Copenhagen climate change agreement, due to be finalised in December.
Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: With the Copenhagen conference coming up, 2009 has the potential to go down in history as a turning point in the battle to prevent climate change from reaching dangerous levels and causing human misery on a vast scale. Green Weeks comprehensive programme will enable participants to share knowledge about a wide range of aspects of the climate challenge that policy-makers, economic operators and society in general need to be addressing now.