Rome to Become First Post-Carbon City

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Mayor Gianni Alemanno of Rome to Unveil Plan to Become First Post-Carbon City in The World, Monday, May 31st at 3p.m.

Mayor Gianni Alemanno and the city of Rome will host a joint press conference with Jeremy Rifkin, on Monday May 31st at 3pm, to release a detailed 140 page master plan that will radically transform Rome into a Third Industrial Revolution economy, making it the first post-carbon city in the world. Rome’s green economic recovery plan, which involves the investment of billions of Euros over the next twenty years, is a bold and far-reaching initiative designed to revitalize Rome’s economy by spawning new industries and businesses and creating tens of thousands of new jobs.

The Rome Third Industrial Revolution Master Plan was prepared by the Jeremy Rifkin Group—comprised of 100 of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, construction companies, architectural firms, IT companies, power and utility companies and transport and logistic companies, including Philips, IBM , Schneider Electric, Arup, Q-Cells, KEMA, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, etc.—in collaboration with Mayor Alemanno, Professor Livio De Santoli, Energy Coordinator for the Mayor, and more than 40 experts from the City of Rome.

Mr. Rifkin is the principal architect of the European Union’s Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan. He is currently serving as an advisor to President Zapatero of Spain during his presidency of the Council of the European Union. Mr. Rifkin also served as an advisor to four out of the last six presidents of the Council of the EU.

In June 2007, the European Parliament formally endorsed a four pillar, long-term sustainable economic development plan to transition the EU to a Third Industrial Revolution, with the aim of making Europe the flagship for a green economic recovery for the world. The Third Industrial Revolution plan is now being implemented by various agencies within the European Commission, as well as in the 27 member states.

The announcement of the Third Industrial Revolution Master Plan by Mayor Gianni Alemanno is the first comprehensive economic initiative of its kind and, puts Rome at the forefront of initiatives being pursued across Europe to reach the 20-20-20 by 2020 EU mandate and achieve the long-term goal of realizing the Lisbon Strategy to make the EU the most competitive economy in the world.

The Third Industrial Revolution represents the next stage of European integration—the establishment of a European wide “distributed” communication and energy network that will create a seamless economic infrastructure, allowing Europe to become the largest integrated single market in the world by 2050.

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