California’s Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will host, the climate change conference “Climate is Big Business” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 24 at the Golden Gate Club Presidio, 135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco.

The “Climate is Big Business” conference was initiated because a growing number businesses, states, cities and governments are calling for an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement toward climate neutrality. The conference is organized under three tracks: Deploying Clean Energy; Greening the Transport System; and Financing Transitions. It will bring together a variety of Dutch and American representatives from the NGO, government, business and academic sectors to identify climate-smart solutions.

Secretary Matt Rodriquez of the California Environmental Protection and Sharon Dijksma, the Netherlands Environment Minister, will open the conference.

Dutch and American experts will illustrate how smart innovations can tackle the effects of climate change and also be good for business. Additional speakers include professor Guus Velders, influential atmospheric chemist in the climate-change movement, who was recently nominated by TIME Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world. Other speakers represent organisations like Philips, DSM and the Rocky Mountains Institute.

The Netherlands and California are recognized for their commitment to the environment. The “Climate is Big Business” conference is the latest collaboration between the kingdom and the Golden State. Most recently, the Netherlands and California agencies partnered to work on smart mobility and climate-smart agriculture initiatives.

While in California, Minister Dijksma will lead a climate trade mission of more than 15 Dutch companies who work in the green economy. From May 22-25, representatives from companies including  Deltares, TNO, Allied Waters, EV-Box, EVCharge4U, Hyperloop, Groasis will visit smart green companies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley to exchange knowledge on climate change and business opportunities.

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Members of the media are invited to attend the conference and should register by emailing Sietze Vermeulen.