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Climate Action brings the private sector to COP23

The Paris Agreement set out principles, but not the details of implementation, meaning that the Bonn meeting will be vital in building the rules that will enable the Paris goals

By: EBR - Posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2017

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Climate Action, in a unique partnership with UN Environment, has been hosting the Sustainable Innovation Forum for eight consecutive years, where it brings together policymakers and the private and technological sector to exchange knowledge, inspiration, and successful business cases to prove that climate action has become inherent to the new ‘business-as-usual’.
Climate Action, in a unique partnership with UN Environment, has been hosting the Sustainable Innovation Forum for eight consecutive years, where it brings together policymakers and the private and technological sector to exchange knowledge, inspiration, and successful business cases to prove that climate action has become inherent to the new ‘business-as-usual’.

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As the private sector played a pivotal role in making the Paris Agreement happen, it holds the key to maintaining the momentum and to fostering much-needed progress.

Climate Action, in a unique partnership with UN Environment, has been hosting the Sustainable Innovation Forum for eight consecutive years, where it brings together policymakers and the private and technological sector to exchange knowledge, inspiration, and successful business cases to prove that climate action has become inherent to the new ‘business-as-usual’.

This year, the 8th Sustainable Innovation Forum, the largest business-focused event alongside COP23, will take place on the 13th-14th November, next to the Bula negotiations zone, bringing together over 600+ carefully chosen delegates and 75+ handpicked speakers to talk about a wide range of climate business topics.

The “Accelerating the Energy Transition” panel will host representatives from Fortum Corporation, Orsted (former DONG Energy) and Siemens AG to discuss with the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Environment Roseanna Cunningham, and the Norwegian Ministrer of Climate & Environment Vidar Helgesen.

Representatives from Bloomberg News Energy Finance, Eaton Corporation, UK Energy and Gas Regulator Ofgem and the Renewable Energy Association will discuss the changing energy business models in the wake of increased opportunities that energy storage technologies offer.

BMW Group, Westport, the Indonesian Biofuels Producer Association, California’s Secretary for Environmental Protection Matt Rodriquez, and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy of British Columbia, among others, will start off the discussion of accelerating the transformation to a clean transport and mobility system.

Other topics that will be discussed in-depth are the role of climate-smart agriculture, air pollution mitigation and health in big cities, liveable cities and sustainable infrastructure, and scaling-up finance to reach the Paris Agreement Commitments.

Speaker highlights include Jerry Brown, Governor of California; Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Scotland;  Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment and Environment and Energy Ministers from countries all over the world, including Denmark, Ecuador, Maldives, Luxembourg, Estonia and Ethiopia.   

*First published in climateactionprogramme.org

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