The UNEATLANTICO Assembly Hall will host the International Climate Action Congress with the participation of renowned speakers.

09 Jun 2022
The UNEATLANTICO Assembly Hall will host the International Climate Action Congress with the participation of renowned speakers.
The International Climate Action Congress will be held on 6, 7 and 8 July at the University Campus.

The Assembly Hall of the European University of the Atlantic will host the International Climate Action Congress (CIACC) that will take place on 6, 7 and 8 July. The event is organised by the Fundación Empresa & Clima, the Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) and the European University of the Atlantic. The Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, the Government of Cantabria, the Santander City Council, IPPC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Presidency of COP 27, and the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat are also collaborating institutions.

The congress, which will be attended by the president of FUNIBER, Dr. Santos Gracia and the chancellor of UNEATLANTICO, Rubén Calderón, is aimed at executives and managers of companies in any sector, local, national and international administrations and experts who are interested in the progress of climate change who wish to learn about its problems and possible solutions. Also, for those seeking inspiration in the application of new technologies and business models that wish to review their sustainability, as well as for those interested in learning first-hand about the challenges we face as a result of climate change.

CIACC Programme

The congress programme will be inaugurated on the 6th at the Gran Casino de Santander by the representative of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the representative of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO). During the inauguration, attendees will be able to enjoy a welcome cocktail, a concert offered by Camerata Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo and a gala dinner.

On Thursday 7, the first session will be held under the title Roadmap for biofuels and biomaterials. How we can decarbonise our supply chains or value chain. Speakers on this day will include:

  • Xavier Flotats Ripoll, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Engineering, UPC.
  • Eugenia Sillero, Secretary General of GASNAM.
  • Raúl Muñoz Torre, University of Valladolid.
  • Irene Jubany, Scientific Coordinator of the Sustainability Area at Eurecat, Technology Centre of Catalonia.
  • Francisco Sanmartín, General Manager Central Lechera Asturiana, S.A.T.
  • Adolfo Utor, President of Balearia, S.A.
  • Virgínia Alzina, Sustainability Manager. EV Cargo Ltd.
  • Roberto Anta, General Manager 3M Spain, S.L.

The second session, Financing Loss and Damage. Climate justice and ‘loss and damage’ as principles that should guide climate emergency response, will be held on the same day, with the participation of:

  • Paul Watkinson. Former UNFCCC/SBSTA chair, climate negotiator for the French government.
  • Youssef Nassef. Director of Climate Adaptation at the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat.
  • Amjad Abdulla. Vice President IPPC. Director General, Ministry of Environment and Energy Maldives.
  • Amr Essam. COP27 Presidency Team, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt.
  • Mariam Allam. Adaptation and Loss and Damage Technician. Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Manuel Iturbe, Executive Vice-President. Territorial Director Cantabria and Asturias, Banco Santander, S.A.
  • Pedro Penalva, C.E.O. of Aon Iberia, Africa and Israel.
  • Ana Belén Peña, Manager of Sustainability, Climate Change and Environment, Ferrovial, S.A.
  • Francisco S. Espejo Gil, Insurance Compensation Consortium.
  • Bosco Francoy, C.E.O. of Mapfre, Global Risks Unit.

The third session will be held on Friday 8 under the theme Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM): How will the Regulation work, what consequences will it have for businesses and consumers? Speakers will include:

  • Oliver Sartor. Industrial Policy Advisor at Agora Energiewende, developer of strategies for moving towards neutrality.
  • Eloi Planes. President Fluidra, S.A.
  • Francesc Rubiralta. President of the Celsa Group.
  • Carlos Martínez. Director of Development. Cementos Molins, S.A.
  • Marc Falguera. Director of Vertis Environmental Finance.

The fourth and last one will take place on the same day, in which the main topic will be Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCM). What are they and what is the role of voluntary carbon markets and will be attended by:

  • Mark Kenber. Co-Executive Director of External Affairs, Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI).
  • Manuel Estrada. Director, REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and AFOLU (Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use), Verra.
  • Antoine Diemert. Programme Director of ICROA, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).
  • Maryke van Staden. Director of ICLEI’s carbon Climate Center.
  • Sarah Leugers. Chief Strategy Officer. Gold Standard.
  • Juan Luis Pozo, Sustainability Director of the Global Omnium Group.
  • Paz Nachón, Head of Climate Action at Strive.
  • Carlos Gericó, General Manager of the Gestair Group.

During the sessions, there will be expert round tables, moderated by Nuria del Pozo (CHF) and company round tables, moderated by Elvira Carles (CHF).

You can see the full agenda, as well as the different speakers who will be participating, on the Congress webpage.

All these sessions will take place in the Assembly Hall of the European University of the Atlantic (Floor -2). Registration for the congress can be formalised through this form.