ECR Party

1 February 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Blue-Green Summit I

How Conservatives Make the Best Conservationists

“Conservatives are natural conservationists. On 1 February, in Brussels, ACRE will be organising a one day seminar looking at how we can best improve our environment using market mechanisms; the innovation that comes from capitalism, and the natural sense of trusteeship that is part of Burkean conservatism. Do please come along. Environmentalism, and the world we live in, are altogether too important to be left to the left.” – Daniel Hannan MEP, ACRE Secretary-General

This Summit will also be the occasion for the launch of the latest issue of our new quarterly journal, The Conservative, in which Blue-Green environmentalism will be the leading theme.


Innovation Panel
Discussing the power of market competition to inspire clean and efficient innovation. Recognising that government regulation and individual benevolence, alone, are forecast to be insufficient to face the environmental challenges ahead, this panel will discuss the need for breakthroughs in green technology, and the regulatory structures that best allow these to take place. Significant innovation breakthroughs will make the green option the cost-effective one; such that economic development and environmental improvement can be concurrent phenomena as often as possible.

Trusteeship Panel
Discussing the power of private ownership to inspire the sustainable management of natural resources. While the first panel explored the power in what the market is able to produce, this panel will discuss the power in the processes of the market itself; particularly the ways in which private ownership can incentivise sustainable stewardship - and the “Tragedy of the Commons” that awaits its absence. Other trusteeship-based market concepts such as natural capital, carbon trading schemes and catch-shares will also be discussed here.



Lord Barker

Sigridur Andersen MP

Minister of Justice, Iceland


Myron Ebell

Orri Vigfusson

Dr. Khalil Amiri

Lord Ridley

Anneleen Van Bossuyt MEP

Prof. Philip Booth

Michael Liebreich


Jos Delbeke

Daniel Hannan

Author and Columnist, former Member of the European Parliament, President of Initiative for Free Trade, United Kingdom

web / @danieljhannan


Wednesday, 1 February 2017


Coffee Reception

10:00 - 10:15

Welcome and presentation of The Conservative journal issue

  • Daniel Hannan MEP

10:15 - 10:35


  • Myron Ebell

10:35 - 11:35

Innovation Panel

How market competition inspires green innovation

  • Anneleen Van Bossuyt MEP
  • Dr Khalil Amiri
  • Lord Barker
  • Jos Delbeke
  • Michael Liebreich

11:35 - 11:55

Coffee Break

11:55 - 12:15


  • Michael Liebreich

12:15 - 13:15

Trusteeship Panel

How private ownership inspires green management

  • Sigridur Andersen MP
  • Lord Ridley
  • Philip Booth
  • Orri Vigfusson
  • Myron Ebell

13:15 - 13:20


  • Sigridur Andersen MP

13:20 - 14:00

Sandwich lunch