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His Royal Highness the Prince of Asturias to preside over inaugural session of Global Sustainability Summit 2013

  • Summit taking place on 6th – 7th May in Madrid
  • Opportunity for worldwide representatives to share information and analysis on sustainability
  • Speakers include broad representation of international private and government representatives from Spain, Latin America, France, Italy and China

LONDON, 06 MAY 2013. His Royal Highness the Prince of Asturias is to attend the Second Global Sustainability Summit, organized by EY and the Ibero-American Secretariat General (SEGIB) on 6th and 7th May in Madrid. In response to the need to boost economic growth in the current economic landscape, the summit aims to facilitate sustainable policy debate around a new sustainable model, which can create value and growth.

Juan Costa Climent, EY’s Global Leader for Climate Change and Sustainability Services and Enrique V. Iglesias, Ibero-American Secretary General will host the event, which will feature more than 300 representatives from business, government and international organizations.

In its second year, the summit has a broad representation of public sector speakers from across Europe including Luis de Guindos, Spanish Minister of Economy and Competitiveness; Jaime García-Legaz, Spanish Secretary of State for Commerce; Ana Botella, Spanish Mayor of Madrid; Former Prime Minister of France, Alain Juppe, and Anne Hidalgo, First Deputy Mayor of Paris, among other senior European officials. Latin American government speakers include Maria Ignacia Benitez, Minister of Environment of Chile, Manuel Pulgar Environment Minister of Peru, and Edwin Quintanilla, Vice-Minister of Energy of Peru.

The private sector will also be represented through several sessions focusing on renewable energy, infrastructure and finance sectors.

Commenting on the summit, Juan Costa Climent says: “The summit takes place at a turning point. There are many doubts about the credibility of current economic models and it is necessary, now more than ever, to highlight that a sustainable policies can create value and boost economic growth. Discussing and developing more competitive and sustainable growth models is one of the objectives of the summit.”

The summit will also emphasize how the major sectors are the key to transforming the economic model and creating jobs and growth. These include the financial or infrastructure sector, with investments in cities around the world expected to exceed US$100b over the next seven years. In renewable energy, investments could reach US$630b worldwide by 2030, with China, Germany, US and India leading these investments.”

Enrique V. Iglesias, Ibero-American Secretary General adds "Sustainability is now a key priority in the development of economic activity and should help to generate employment and improve the living conditions of citizens, especially when you consider that we live in an environment that is increasingly globalized.”

Iglesias also explains “The wealth of natural resources of countries is a capital and these resources are not unlimited. We need to collaborate on joint initiatives to create common strategies and consider that in an increasingly competitive market, energy efficiency, research and politics are absolutely necessary to provide us a sustainable, competitive and secure future.”


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Ann Burton
EY Global Media Relations
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Ann.Burton@uk.ey.com


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