COP20 (11/12/14) – Verhaar sees the climate change problem as an embodiment of our wasteful linear society. Currently, a resource intensive way of doing things is rewarded. Verhaar thinks we need to move into a more circular society which is more efficient and more socially equitable. He sees the green growth and sustainability agenda as positive because it is also an innovation agenda. Being smart and resource efficient is the right thing to do.
Verhaar then talks about the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator project, which aims to work with cities and companies to improve expertise on buildings lighting appliances, district heating and transport.