Second Forum of the Spanish Green Growth Group at CaixaForum Madrid

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Valentin Alfaya at the Spanish Green Growth Group's Sustainable Growth forum
The Spanish Green Growth Group held its second forum, on the theme of  opportunities for Spain and policies required for sustainable growth, at the premises of CaixaForum in Madrid. During the event, the report prepared by the Group was presented, and two round table discussions were organised to analyse the Group’s technical and economic vision and that of the social and institutional agents involved.
15 experts from the fields of business, science, communications and environmental policies analysed key opportunities and the policies required in Spain if we are to achieve sustainable development and meet the milestones set by the Sustainable Development Objectives and the historical Paris Agreement.

This 2nd Forum of the Spanish Green Growth Group, opened by Pablo Saavedra Inaraja, Secretary of State for the Environment, looked at several pressing issues around the economic “green” growth model, such as risks and opportunities, significant changes in energy, tax and financial regulations, “decarbonisation”, green jobs or the circular economy, amongst others.

Maria Luz Castilla, partner at PwC and member of the GECV Board, presented the report Green Growth: Spain today and in the future prepared in recent months by the GECV (freely available on its official website at www.grupocrecimientoverde.org). This was followed by two round table discussions with the well-known TV presenter Mónica López Moyana as moderator.

In the first of these debates, Pedro Linares (UPC), Óscar Martín (Ecoembes), Gonzalo Sáenz de Miera (Iberdrola) and Ángel Pes (CaixaBank) talked about green policies and European legislation, as well as about current trends in the energy and financial sectors. Isaac Navarro (Contazara) expressed the views of SMEs on these issues.

The second debate saw an exchange of views on current environmental policies, decarbonisation and green jobs between Eduardo Gonzalez (OECC), Joaquín Nieto (ILO Spain) and Enrique Segovia (WWF). Geert Peamen (Telefónica) and Carmen Becerril (Acciona) stressed the importance of technological advances and the energy mix.

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