II Congreso


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Organizing Committee

Gorka Landaburu – President of the IESC

Jorge Neri – President of the IESC

Francisco Neri –
Director of the IESC

Grupo EIG Multimedia SL –
Organizing Secretariat of the IESC

Juan Emilio Ballesteros –
IESC Communications Director

Mercedes González Montes
– IESC Logistics Director

Mariángeles Valero
– IESC Logistics Director

Juli Anadeu Árias –
Press and Audiovisial Director for the IESC

Sponsorships and Assistance

Elena de Sande – IESC Sales Manager
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Concha Aristizabal – IESC Sales Manager
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Malu Alonso
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Karina Gleciano
– IESC Administrative Director
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The II International Environmental Sustainability Conference is an opportunity for interchanging between academics, politicians, regional and local authorities, celebrities, experts, ONGs and, business to channel global economies towards a sustainable and environmentally friendly development. The attendees will have the chance of informing, educating and connecting to other leaders in a multicultural, multisectoral and cutting-edge space.

The II International Environmental Sustainability Conference is a unique opportunity for interchanging and growing of regional and local governments, business and, civil society.

Why attend this conference?

  • By attending the II International Environmental Sustainability Conference, you can:
  • Learn about projects and successful cases of environmental management and governance.
  • Connect to build new alliances in the sustainability field.
  • Be part of a network of high level companies with strong experience.
  • Present your ideas and needs according to the required changes for an environmentally sustainable management.
  • Debate about key topics related to sustainability and the return of the investment.

The II International Environmental Sustainability Conference is a space for all those who are looking for being both solvent a publicly responsible considering the importance of the environment, governance and, efficient investment.

Opportunities, solutions, and commitment to the severe environmental issue. Reasons to attend the IESC 2020

This forum will urge governments, businesses, and the civil society to take a definitive turn toward a green economy that represents opportunities in various sectors:

  • Construction: Growing demand for sustainable structures and the development of highly energy efficient technologies.
  • Electrical power: Rise of electricity demand for EVs and smart electricity grid technologies.
  • Extractive industry: Development of new technologies to lower carbon emissions.
  • Finances: Development of new markets for financial mechanisms that reduce the risks or provide positive returns for sustainable products and services.
  • Food and beverages: Expansion of organic food markets and sustainable food production.
  • Information and Communication Technologies: Expansion of the markets that collect and process environmental data.
  • Tourism: Increasing demand of nature tourism, ecotourism, and agrotourism.
  • Mobility: Creation and expansion of markets that offer less polluting and low carbon options for transport.

In light of these opportunities, Cambio16 and the co-organizers are joining efforts to promote the organization of the 2nd International Environmental Sustainability Conference in Madrid, an event where regional and local authorities, businesses, entrepreneurs, media, non-profit organizations, and individuals can share experiences, knowledge, and concerns regarding environmental sustainability, its management, risks, and challenges.

Spanish Political Personalities:

  1. Teresa Ribera Rodríguez, Fourth Vice President of the Government and Minister for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge.
  2. María Cristina Narbona Ruiz, Vice President of the Senate, President of PSOE & former Minister of the Environment.
  3. José Luis Martínez-Almeida, Mayor of Madrid.
  4. Isabel Díaz Ayuso, President of the Community of Madrid.
  5. Paloma Martín, Minister of Environment, Land Planning, and Sustainability, Community of Madrid.

Experts in Environment & Sustainability:

  1. Juan Carlos del Olmo, General Manager of WWF Spain
  2. Arturo Larena, Director of EFE Green.
  3. Álvaro Rodríguez, General Manager of The Climate Reality Project Spain.
  4. Miguel Angel Valladares, Director of Communications WWF Spain.
  5. Nely Carreras Arroyo, president of Asociación Vertidos Cero.
  6. Theresa Zabel Lucas, president of the Ecomar Foundation.
  7. María García de la Fuente, president of APIA.
  8. Ana Barreira, Director of the International Institute for Law and the Environment.
  9. Enrique Segovia, Conservation Manager WWF.
  10. Anabel Rodríguez, Executive Director of the Foundation for Circular Economy
  11. Jaime Cuevas, coordination. Masters in Waste and Sewage Water Management for Resource Recovery – UAM.

Experts in other sectors

  1. Juan Luis Cebrián, founder and honorary president of El País.
  2. Javier Cremades, lawyer and chairman of Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo.
  3. Joaquín Garralda, president of Spainsif.
  4. Germán Granda, General Manager of Forética.

European Political Personalities

  1. Leopoldo López Gil, Spanish MEP.
  2. Dolors Montserrat, Spanish MEP.
  3. Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.

Discussion Panel: Sustainable Finances; funds, information suppliers, managers, investors, and financing

Socially Responsible Investment the most efficient and powerful way to transform the world toward a green and circular economy and, at the same time, taking the ethical commitment to invest and consume consciously and responsibly to the area of finances, encouraging sustainability and environmental, justice, and solidarity criteria, as well as transparency and good governance. ESG criteria are based on environment and society.

In the first case, they promote an efficient and responsible use of natural resources and mitigation of climate change. Secondly, they are reflected on the human capital investment and policies related to equality and inclusion.

Factors like disruption, acceleration, and the need for an orderly transition that contemplates the risks and opportunities, regulation, oversight, and taxonomy impact the development of a sustainable financing market, alliances and alignment in the financial market.

  • Climate change, decarbonization of businesses, implementation of natural resources to prevent or alleviate deforestation, flooding or droughts.
  • Social action in education, health, equality, and integration.
  • Human resources: staff management, risk prevention, ect.
  • Governance, better risk management, equality in Administration Boards.
  • Innovation and research, promotion of social projects and technological development.

Technology: efficient buildings, clean energy, robotics, new materials, analysis, and data management.

The Sustainable Finances report, presented in late January by Triodos Bank, concludes that “the development of a sustainable economy is a splendid and necessary opportunity for economic development over the coming decade, according to current deceleration, low rates, and high indebtedness levels.”

Assuming a growing and clear commitment to sustainability will be unavoidable for the financial sector. Presenting business models that are compatible with this responsibility will be a must for regulators and supervisors, as well as the market and investors. Entities must adopt clearly proactive strategies and, definitely, finance in accordance with sustainability factors to make the financing sector more sustainable.”

Discussion Panel: Sustainable technological innovation; raw material, water, waste, infrastructure, and mobility

In an ever-changing world, technology should be adapted to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Digitalization, data management, artificial intelligence and automation come together to promote technologies that improve energy efficiency and facilitate the progress to a more sustainable society. Disruptive technologies collaborate in the fight against climate change, implement green and renewable consumption and energy savings, as well as promote corporate competitiveness. Digitalization is key to lowering CO2 emissions and for the energy transition.

5G-based applications, augmented reality, cognitive services, predictive analysis, block chain, data mining, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) have emerged in the technology catalyzer of the transformation of businesses and administrations. We must invest in sustainability and to this end we must combine technology, sustainability, and the planet through digitalization, decarbonization, decentralization, and democratization.

An innovative organization seeks to manage its resources. Therefore, digitalization has become the key of sustainable asset optimization, in such a way that a company can minimize threats to its business.

Urban centers consume 75% of the energy and account for 60% of  water consumption, generating 80% of greenhouse gases.

The development of technological sustainable, inclusive, and smart growth models will boost a global market with growth forecasts nearing one trillion euros in 2020, and the subsequent creation of business and job opportunities.

Smart cities turn to technological innovation to provide these urban centers with a model for improving factors such as efficient infrastructure and urban services management, reducing public expenses, and increasing the quality of services.

The keys of a Smart and sustainable management of urban centers include:

  • Using Technology Information and Communications (TIC).
  • Automation and Data Control.
  • Efficient Urban Planning.
  • Sustainable Mobility.
  • Smart Management of Solid Waste.
  • Improving Environmental Sustainability.

Discussion Panel: Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

Eight out of ten European citizens estimate that the loss of biodiversity and its consequences in nature constitutes a serious problem that requires immediate action to protect the natural heritage. Climate change destroys natural ecosystems and enhances the devastating effects of urban expansion, intensive agriculture, pollution, and invasive species. 16% of natural habitats, and 23% of protected species in the European continent currently meet the targets for conservation, protection, and improvement.

The EU’s biodiversity strategy for 2020 intends to decelerate the loss of ecosystems, facing threats and challenges, and restoring nature. The main tool to achieve this goal are the directives on the most vulnerable birds habitats, through the Natura 2000 network of protected spaces, which restores biodiversity and boosts the development of sustainable economic activities. Natura 2000 provides benefits amounting to €300 billion a year, with management costs alone around €6 billion.

Similarly, the EU empowers consumers to make responsible everyday decisions that have a positive impact on the environment.

Discussion Panel: Renewable energy generation, distribution, trading, and self-consumption

Renewables are key in the decarbonization process. Environmental, economic, and social advantages are undeniable: it has a natural and unlimited power source, has scare environmental impact, lowers electricity prices, and generates wealth and employment.

Wind and solar PV are leading the fight against climate change and emerge as the cheapest energy production methods in countries with a good level of these resources, as is the case of Spain. The main operators in the energy sector diversify their business and promote renewables to maintain their place in the market. It entails a great opportunity to empower consumers that can not only generate energy for their domestic consumption, but also inject the surplus energy into the grid.

The Renewable Directive and the national Integrated Energy & Climate Plan place self-consumption as a building block in the energy transition.

Lowering costs, a favorable regulation, and the geographical advantage of being the country with the longest hours of sunlight in Europe and good wind levels are factors that turn renewables into the main ally to limiting CO2 emissions and meeting the European decarbonization goal.

Discussion Panel: Legislation and legal environmental protection

Environmental protection and the persecution of activities and conducts that are harmful for the environment is a key factor for the survival of humankind and the future of the planet. To guarantee life in all diversity, fight against pollution and its destructive effects establishing public policies and legal norms that guarantee the incorporation of nature rights in the legal system must be a priority. This efficient protection must persecute and punish actions that destroy ecosystems and propitiate environmental impact, endangering the lives of people and altering the conditions for the development of flora and fauna. The right to enjoy a healthy and sustainable environment is a fundamental one that should be protected by the State. The damage against the environment entails  a criminal offence that should be punished.

Environmental protection policies differ from one another and are adapted to each country’s legislation. Economic globalization has generated general concern over global warming and climate change caused by over-exploitation of soil resources and the progressive deterioration caused by the greenhouse effect and the destruction of the ozone layer. The environmental legislation must be built on the legal instrument driving sustainable development.

Special Presentation: The role of corporations and the state in facing the climate emergency

Governments and corporations have a special role in the commitment to stop climate change. It is not just about the continuing emission of greenhouse gases, but also that this could possibly detract from economic and human development. Both companies and government must endure in order to guaranty a reasonable and evenly distributed quality of life.

Investors calculate the capital earmarked for CO2 reduction with a discount rate, and still they consider it to be too expensive compared to the huge revenue they would get if they continued to operate in an unaltered manner until the last glacier melts and the coastal cities are under water. Faced with the costs and difficulties they would have to address if their activities are restricted, governments prefer to fill their coffers to award voters and finance ephemeral dreams and continue to cause irreversible damages to the environment. They temporarily grow, but they accelerate climate change and its arrival to zero growth.

Final Discussion Panel and conclusions “Restoration and sustainability actions for the environment LET’S CHANGE”

Preserving biodiversity is the biggest priority for the planet and must involve all political, economic and social players in a global preservation and restoration strategy. With this goal in mind, it is necessary to develop a conservationist strategy that defines the main action lines, developing sectorial plans, and provides the resources needed to execute the programmed activities.  It is about adapting the current production and consumption system under the premise that resources are finite, boosting an efficient circular and sustainable economy model. In addition to the industry, we need an energy transformation that sets the path to decarbonization and the generalization of the renewable sources that mitigate environmental impact.

Similarly, it is necessary to establish a model for integral water cycle and waste management that entails a prevention policy based on environmental education and implementing economic and legal measures.