Event coincided with negotiations between two sides on new free-trade agreement
MONTREAL—Experts from across North America and the European Union descended upon Montreal to discuss a sustainable future for both regions and how they can work together.
The event, Going Green: Smart Choices for a Sustainable Future, also shed light on best practices in the EU and Canada for creating partnership opportunities between cities and regions on the two continents.
“In both Canada and the EU, there has been a growing understanding that smart, sustainable growth cannot just be achieved only at the local level, but also needs a regional, continental and global dimension to succeed,” Matthias Brinkmann, head of the EU delegation in Canada, said in a statement.
“The research and innovation needed to meet these challenges requires a critical mass of expertise going beyond any one city or region. Canada and the EU regularly confer to share best practices beyond their respective boundaries.”
The event at the Palais des congrès de Montréal coincided with negotiations between the two sides on a new free-trade agreement.
The initiative is also part of the EU’s Europe 2020 strategy, which is targeting a 20 per cent cut in Europe’s annual primary energy consumption by 2020.