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05: Climate protection & economy. (No) contradiction?

Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

With the Paris agreement, the course is set for enhanced climate protection. What economic opportunities and risks does climate change present? There will be winners and losers. How can you become a winner? What should losers do?

President Magna Europe & Magna Steyr, Magna International Europe GmbH, Vienna
President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
Founding Director, IASS - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V., Former Federal Minister, Federal Republic of Germany, Potsdam
Chairman of the Board, Austrian Hail Insurance, Vienna
Journalist and News Anchor, Author, Vienna Chair

Dipl.-Ing. Günther APFALTER

President Magna Europe & Magna Steyr, Magna International Europe GmbH, Vienna

1985 Diplom-Ingenieur, Agricultural Economics, University of Vienna
1985-1986 Regional Sales Manager Tractors for Southern Germany, Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG
1986-1988 Head of the Business Unit Special Vehicles, Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG
1988-1994 Head of Sales and Export of the Business Unit Tractors, Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG
1994-1996 Head of the Division Agricultural Machinery, Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG
1996-1998 Chairman of the Executive Board, Case Steyr Landmaschinentechnik AG; Managing Director, CASE Germany GmbH
1998-1999 Director Sales & Marketing, Case Europe; Member of the Supervisory Board, Case Steyr Landmaschinentechnik AG
1999-2001 Vice President Commercial Business, Case IH
2001-2005 Executive Vice President, Member of the Executive Board, Magna Steyr Powertrain and Magna Drivetrain
2005-2007 President Europe & Asia, Magna Powertrain Gruppe
since 2007 President, Magna Steyr
since 2010 President, Magna International Europe

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1973-1979 Research Assistant, Institute for Agricultural Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1978 Doctorate, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1979-1984 Executive Assistant, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1985-1989 Director, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1989-1994 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
1995-2004 European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels
2005-2011 Chairman, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna
2005-2015 Chairman, RISE-Foundation, Brussels
2014-2015 Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015
since 2012 President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2016 President, Board of Trustees to the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus TÖPFER

Founding Director, IASS - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V., Former Federal Minister, Federal Republic of Germany, Potsdam

1968 Doctorate, University of Münster
1971-1978 Head of Planning and Information, State of Saarland
1978-1979 Professor and Director, Institute for Spatial Research and Planning, University of Hannover
1978-1985 Secretary of State, Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Environment, State of Rheinland-Pfalz
1985-1987 Minister for Environment and Health, State of Rheinland-Pfalz
1985-1986 Honorary Professor, Economic Faculty, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
1987-1994 Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
1994-1998 Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Housing and Urban Development
1998-2006 Executive Director, UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
2009-2015 Founding and Executive Director, IASS - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam


Chairman of the Board, Austrian Hail Insurance, Vienna

 Studies at the University of Natural Resources, Vienna, and Law at the University of Salzburg
1987-1991 Office of the Provincial Government, Upper Austria
1992 Employed at the European Commission, Brussels
1993 Start of employment at the Austrian Hail Insurance (Insurance Company for natural disasters with branches in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia)
1996 Member of the Board, Austrian Hail Insurance
2002 Chief Executive Officer, Austrian Hail Insurance
2011 Selection to the President of the International Agricultural Insurers
2015 Selection to the Vice-President of the Supervisory Board of ÖBB-Holding AG

Mag. Tarek LEITNER

Journalist and News Anchor, Author, Vienna

1997 Studies of Law
1990-1998 Reporter and commissioning editor, ORF Department of Upper Austria
since 1998 Editor of home affairs, "Zeit im Bild" (main evening news)
2001 Correspondent in Brussels
since 2002 Presenter and host of political broadcasts

Economic Symposium

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
12:00 - 12:30OpeningPlenary
12:30 - 13:30Conflict or cooperation? The human factor in the economyPlenary
13:30 - 14:15Meet the Speaker: Alex ‘Sandy’ PentlandPlenary
13:30 - 14:15Meet the Speaker: Ernst FehrPlenary
14:15 - 15:45Business 2050: Europe’s search for the competitive edgePlenary
16:30 - 18:00ecoplus and “So schmeckt Niederösterreich” Lower Austria EveningSocial
18:00 - 20:00The Alpbach Debate: globalisation and free tradePlenary


06:00 - 07:0017th management club Business BreakfastPartner
06:45 - 09:30Talk on the Mountain: Decide! Quickly! And correctly!Partner
07:00 - 08:30Artificial intelligence and the future of workPlenary
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: Basic income or welfare state?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 02: Low productivity growth despite the digital revolution? Lessons for EuropeBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: Competition boosts business. Cooperation spurs prices?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: The machine colleague – friend or foe?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 05: Climate protection & economy. (No) contradiction?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: Foreign direct investments – curse or blessing?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: Leadership in complex times: doing the splits between conflict and cooperationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 08: Business location vs. intact environment – an irresolvable conflict?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: “The power of we”: conflict and cooperation between men and women in the economyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 10: It’s the innovation, stupid! How to become a successful entrepreneur in the digital ageBreakout
11:30 - 13:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 11: International trade: cooperation vs. autonomyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 12: The social partnership: There’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend!Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 13: Talking climate: irritation and innovation engine for economy and societyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 14: Homo faber digitalis: the working (wo)man in the global digital marketBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 15: Cooperation vs. competition: economic policy in the EUBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 16: Trends and counter-trends – conflict and cooperation in the economyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 17: Jailhouse rocks? Or wouldn’t it be better to break out of the prisoner’s dilemma altogether?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 18: How the lack of IT and network security threatens the European digital economyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 19: Conflict through cooperation: legal liability for human rights abuses in global supply chainsBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 20: There can only be one? Revisiting corporate successionBreakout
16:00 - 17:30Don’t confuse trying with doing!Plenary
17:00 - 18:30Fireside Talk: Minimum wage – curse or blessing?Partner


Magenta NightSocial


06:00 - 08:30Alpbach Hike: resources – from conflict potential to potential innovationPlenary
06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubPartner
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” BreakfastPartner
08:45 - 09:45We have learned nothing from the crisis!Plenary
09:45 - 10:30Conflict and cooperation in the social partnershipPlenary
14:30 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner