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UNEP/Siemens Practitioners' Lounges at the World Climate Summit 2011.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Siemens partnered to set up the “Practitioners’ Lounges” at this year’s World Climate Summit, a major side event at COP17. The Lounges provided a platform to discuss how to successfully implement sustainable infrastructure projects in emerging economies in four key areas: mobility, financing, cities, and energy. During the panel discussions, project managers and financiers, regulatory as well as other experts shared their experience and good practices regarding concrete projects, most common challenges that appear in their context and the factors of success in their implementation. They represented private sector companies, international organizations and government-run entities, in addition to the experts from UNEP and Siemens.

Kersten-Karl Barth, Sustainability Director of Siemens, was positive about the outcome of the lounges: “Discussions at the COP 17 climate talks remained quite vague within the last days. The Siemens/UNEP sessions showed that companies can find answers to the big challenges of today by working together on concrete solutions.

Kaveh Zahedi, Climate Change Coordinator of UNEP: “From solar plants in the Caribbean to energy efficient buildings in Europe, the examples of a major shift towards a climate resilient, low carbon future are all around us. The UNEP/Siemens sessions gathered together technicians, financiers and project managers with hands on experience in areas such as renewable energy, mobility and buildings to show how they have overcome barriers in financing, technology and regulations to implement real climate solutions. The sessions provided invaluable practical insights on the mechanisms and opportunities of scaling up action towards a green economy.”

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Energy Panel
Kersten-Karl Barth, Sustainability Director at Siemens, moderator Mark Radka of UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme), Jean-Charles Brun of Siemens France and Chris Clarke of Inspired Evolutions South Africa discussed the challenges of a sustainable energy infrastructure
   Mobility Panel
Rolf Lomberg of Deutsche Bahn International, Wolfgang Rueprich, Head of Operations and Maintainance at Siemens Rail Systems, moderator Dr. Sören Buttkereit, Head of Siemens Corporate Sustainability External Office, Sorin Baltac of PRASA Railway and Kevin Pillay, Vice President Infrastructure & Cities, Siemens Africa, showcased how to overcome barriers in the implementation of sustainable mobility solutions in emerging economies