12.00 – 13.30 // Welcome lunch 

14.00 – 15.30 // PLENARY ROOM
Opening plenary: The Business Climate Has Changed

The private sector now recognizes that the transition to a low-carbon economy is the only way to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity for all. More businesses and investors are committed to taking bold climate action than at any time in history. And the private sector is moving because doing so minimises risk and maximises opportunity. In short, taking climate action simply makes good business sense. However, business solutions on climate are not being scaled up fast enough. Governments have an indispensable role in setting clear, long-term policy frameworks that will send clear signals to markets, unleash low-carbon investment and steer the global economy on a growth and development trajectory that keeps global warming below 2°C.
The We Mean Business report entitled “The Climate Has Changed” illustrates that leading companies are seeing an IRR of well over 20% on their low carbon investments. It also highlights that consistent and credible government policy signals are essential for a greater number of businesses to unleash innovation, secure economic growth – all while helping secure sustainable energy for what will soon be 9 billion people.
What can we learn from the ‘first movers’? How can governments create enabling environments, which allow for an ever-widening group of companies to scale-up solutions? How can business and government collaborate to create a bold, ambitious low-carbon vision that ensures economic growth while delivering a better, stronger world for all?


  • Ana-Luiza Thompson-Flores**, Assistant Director General for Strategic Planning, UNESCO
  • Pierre-André de Chalendar**, CEO, Saint-Gobain & Chairman, EpE
  • Jean-Pascal Tricoire**, CEO, Schneider Electric & Chairman, UNGC France


Scene Setter:

  • Angel Gurria**, Secretary General, OECD


  • Tony de Brum**, Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Marcelo Strufaldi Castelli**, CEO, Fibria
  • Christina Figueres**, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
  • Georges Plassat**, Chairman & CEO, Carrefour
  • Manuel Pulgar-Vidal**, Minister of Environment, Peru
  • Eldar Saetre**, CEO, Statoil


  • Nik Gowing**, International Broadcaster


  • François Hollande***, President of the Republic of France

16.00 – 17:30 // Thematic Sessions
Three Pathways to a Better Economy

The New Climate Economy’s report “Better Growth, Better Climate” identifies three areas which are critical to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions: energy, cities and land-use. What are the most promising solutions being deployed in each of these three areas? What are the obstacles to scaling up these solutions? Which policies can help drive investment and catalyse the deployment of solutions at scale?


Achieving global net zero emissions well before the end of the century requires a deep
transformation of all energy systems. How can we scale up renewable energy and encourage
companies to commit to procure 100% of their electricity from renewable sources in the
shortest practical timescale? How will we decarbonise the energy sector in a way that ensures
economic growth?


  • Daniel Benes**, Chairman of the Board & CEO, CEZ
  • Vidar Helgesen**, Minister of European Economic Area and European Union Affairs, Norway
  • Sindoor Mittal**, Director, Welspun Renewables
  • Rudy Provoost**, CEO, Rexel
  • Christian Rynning-Tønnesen**, CEO, Statkraft
  • Tulsi Tanti**, Chairman and Managing Director, Suzlon
  • Philippe Varin**, Chairman of the Board, Areva


  • Jean-Marc Jancovici**, President, The Shift Project


  • Philippe Joubert**, Senior Adviser, WBCSD


By 2050, significantly more than half the world’s population will live in cities. Cities are proving to be a crucial center of innovation in meeting the climate challenge, and are likely to be essential contributors to the global goal of keeping temperature increase to below 2°C. This session will explore emerging opportunities to accelerate progress through innovative infrastructure, technology, transportation & mobility – and policymaking as cities lead the way to low carbon prosperity.


  • Sandeep Dadlani**, EVP and Head of Americas, Infosys
  • Xavier Huillard**, Chairman and CEO, Vinci
  • Guillaume Pepy**, Chairman, SNCF
  • Tanya Muller Garcia**, Secretary for the Environment, Mexico City
  • Jean-Dominique Senard**, CEO & Managing General Partner, Michelin
  • Moncef Ziani**, Executive Manager, CID


  • Aron Cramer**, President & CEO, BSR


Rapid global population growth, urbanisation, rising incomes and the aspirations of a booming middle class are putting enormous pressure on land and water resources used by agriculture and forests. In addition, how can we ask this sector to support the shift from fossil fuels to biomass without compromising biodiversity?


  • Yetti Rusli**, Senior Advisor on Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Forestry and
    Environment, Indonesia
  • Bruno Duval**, President, Savco
  • Stéphane Frappat**, CEO, Sodrugestvo
  • Anil Jain**, Managing Director & CEO, Jain Irrigation
  • Carlos Klink**, National Secretary for Climate Change and Environmental Quality, Brazil
  • Paulo Roberto de Souza**, CEO, Copersucar


  • David Nussbaum**, CEO, WWF-UK & Chair WWF Global Climate & Energy Initiative

17.45 – 19.15 // Plenary 2
Mapping The Trajectory: How Fast Can We Go?

In 2010 at COP 16 in Cancun, leaders of every country in the world committed to establishing a process for reviewing the adequacy of the long-term global goal – limiting warming below 2°C. AR5, the IPCC’s latest synthesis report makes the emissions trajectory to a 2°C world very clear – and the route gets steeper the longer we wait. Business is already moving but we need government to send clear policy signals so that we can accelerate the journey.
How are companies setting science-based targets to unleash innovations and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy? What is the role of a long-term target and how should the target be formulated to influence business strategies? Which policies does business need from government in order to go further, faster? How can we help manage the transition for those who will find it most challenging?


Business & Climate Dialogue #2


  • Juan José Guerra Abud**, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico
  • Jean-Paul Agon**, Chairman and CEO, L’Oréal
  • Philippe Marchessaux**, CEO, BNP Paribas-IP
  • Paul Polman**, CEO, Unilever
  • Patrick Pouyanné**, CEO, Total
  • Ségolène Royal*, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France
  • Feike Sijbesma**, CEO & Chairman of the Managing Board, Royal DSM
  • Peter Terium**, CEO, RWE


  • Nina Dos Santos**, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN


  • Angel Gurria**, Secretary General, OECD

19.15 – 20.30 // Cocktail reception 

*pending confirmation
***confirmed, subject to change

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21 MAY