08.00 – 09.15 // Coffee
The low-carbon movement has – so far – not truly gripped the imagination of the public. Most people are still unsure of what it means or how to engage. Many still associate it with higher energy prices, carbon taxes and unappealing frugality. Companies need to step up, offer consumers better options so that lowcarbon choices are seen as easier, cooler – better.
How do we shift this narrative? How can we engage citizens all around the world and encourage them to see a low-carbon life-style as the smart choice of today? How can we make the notion of ‘low-carbon’ accessible – even exciting – for people in developing countries? A group of visionary speakers open a debate about how companies can drive innovative approaches to allow for an accessible low-carbon lifestyle without compromise.
- Mike Barry**, Chief of Sustainable Business Plan A, Marks & Spencer
- Marie-Claire Daveu**, CSO and Public Affairs, Kering
- Hannah Jones**, CSO & Vice President, Innovation Accelerator, Nike
- Claire Martin**, Director for Sustainable Development, Renault
- Luis Neves**, Group Sustainability and Climate Change Officer, Deutsche Telekom
- Claus Stig Pedersen**, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Novozymes
- Fabrice Bonnifet**, Vice-Président, C3D and CSO, Bouygues
To meet the climate change challenge, we need to change the way we make, use, source – and value – energy. The current low price of oil is an enormous opportunity to reduce fossil fuel subsidies and
introduce carbon pricing. Only robust and predictable carbon pricing will drive investment in renewable
energy and low-carbon technologies and assets. Pricing carbon is not a ‘silver bullet’ but it is a vital tool, which individual countries can use to help deliver their national contributions – and go even further. Effective carbon pricing will also be good for most companies: creating new markets, products and services, generating employment, reducing energy consumption and increasing energy savings.
How is carbon pricing best enacted for various business sectors? How do we deal with competitiveness
in the face of different country approaches? How can the revenue streams generated by these pricing
mechanisms provide positive feedbacks?
- Jean-Pierre Clamadieu**, Chairman and CEO, Solvay
- José Manuel Entrecanales Domecq**, CEO, Acciona
- Tony Hayward**, Chairman of Glencore and CEO of Genel Energy
- Rachel Kyte**, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group
- Xavier Musca**, Deputy CEO, Crédit Agricole SA
- Kerry Adler**, President and Chief Executive Officer, SkyPower
- Nik Gowing**, International Broadcaster
- Simon Upton**, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
11.00 – 11.30 // Coffee break
More companies are taking climate action than at any time in history. Based on this experience, the
private sector has identified three areas where smart policies could help accelerate the transition to a
low-carbon world – and improve the quality of life for citizens.
In the business world, there is a growing interest in low consumption patterns, resource
efficiency and the circular economy. Policies that encourage low-carbon production and
consumption will be important levers in the transition to a low-carbon world. Participants will
discuss the role of companies and governments in shifting societal consumption patterns to
foster the use of resource efficient products as well as the role of regulation and standards in
providing the platform to stimulate low-carbon production and consumption. The session will
highlight the impact of voluntary actions to decouple production and consumption of goods and
services from greenhouse gas emissions.
- Jean-Louis Chaussade**, CEO, Suez-Environnement
- José Lopez**, EVP, Executive Vice-president, Responsible for Operations, Nestlé
- Louise Métivier**, Assistant Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Canada
- Colin Melvin**, CEO, Hermes Equity Ownership Services
- Rudolf Staudigl**, President & CEO, Wacker Chemie
- K-C Tran**, CEO, Carbon Recycling International
- Paul Simpson**, CEO, CDP
The solutions to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions already exist, today. But to reach the scale of change necessary for net zero emissions, many more processes, products
and systems must be found invented or improved. Policies are needed to help identify, develop and drive investment in these low-carbon solutions. In order to catalyse systems and
technology innovation, new partnerships should be explored across the business value chain,
between government and business, and among investors and innovators.
- Philippe Delpech**, COO, Intercontinental Operations, UTC Building & Industrial Systems
- Antoine Frérot**, Chairman and CEO, Veolia
- Jennifer Holmgren**, CEO, LanzaTech
Kenji Kurata**, President, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization,
- Mary Nichols**, Chairman, California Air Resources Board, United States
- Maxime Picat**, CEO, Peugeot
- Berry Wiersum**, CEO Europe, Sappi
- Hannah Jones**, CSO & Vice President, Innovation Accelerator Nike
- Chris Olson**, CTO Europe, 3M
- Sandrine Dixson-Declève**, Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group
No matter how fast we reduce emissions, we will still need to make our communities and our
businesses more resilient. Policies can help building capacity so that development is both
resilient and low-carbon. Companies are already facing the risks and consequences of climate
change and are implementing new approaches. Insurance companies are at the forefront of
these challenges and feeling the heat. Business and government all around the world are
rolling out adaptation strategies, but we need policies that encourage more action from all.
What have we learnt and how can the international agreement make a difference? What new
approaches can help build resilience? How can business and government build capacity fast
enough to address climate change while still encouraging economic growth?
- Pablo Bueno**, CEO, TYPSA
- Yann Le Pallec**, President, Standard & Poors, France
- Anwar Hossain Manju**, Minister of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh
- Nicolas Moreau**, President & CEO, AXA France
- Wilma Mansveld**, Minister for the Environment, Netherlands
- Alok Saraf**, CEO, Arth Ceramics
- Jai Shroff**, CEO, UPL
- John Danilovich**, Secretary General, ICC
13.00 – 14.30 // Lunch
Addressing the challenges of climate change requires mobilisation of investment flows: a massive
redirection in the energy sector, and 10 – 12% more investment for energy efficiency in all sectors.
Innovative mechanisms to leverage public finance in all economic sectors will be critical in developed
and developing countries. Scaling up investment in low-carbon assets in developing countries will allow them to leapfrog to climate friendly development, which must become the new norm.
How can the climate agenda be incorporated into the agenda for global economic growth? Are there
models for this? What are the roles of public and private finance? What is the role of investment into
infrastructure? How can more funds be mobilised to low carbon growth?
Business & Climate Dialogue: #4
- Nick Stern**, Chair, Grantham Research Institute
- Ali Al Naimi**, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia
- Philippe Desfossés**, CEO, ERAFP
- Jean-Bernard Lévy **, Chairman & CEO, EDF
- Andrew O’Brien**, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, US Department of State
- Assaad W. Razzouk**, CEO, Sindicatum
- Purna R. Saggurti**, Chairman, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America
- Ian Simm**, Founder and Chief Executive, Impax Asset Management
- Francesco Starace**, CEO, Enel
- Francine Lacqua**, Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg Television
Business has changed. A common understanding of the risks of climate change is changing traditional business strategies and investment patterns. Business has solutions, will have more and stands ready
to scale them up. But the private sector needs clear, long-term policy framework to help guide it.
Business is ready to work with government to help design policies that will support both economic
growth and development. This collaborative effort needs to ramp up now and continue well beyond
COP21. The UN Conference on Climate Change, taking place 200 days from now, is not the ‘finish line’
– but a launch pad.
How could a global, long-term goal in the Paris agreement mobilise capital globally and accelerate the
transition to a low carbon economy? How can these two worlds collaborate to free up public funds that could then leverage private financing? And how can business work with government to grow the
economy and pursue development while limiting global temperature rise to 2° Celsius?
- Mats Andersson**, CEO, AP4
- Laurent Fabius**, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Development, France
- Hakima El Haité**, Minister with Special Responsibility for the Environment, Morocco
- Bruno Lafont**, Chairman & CEO, Lafarge
- Harold McGraw III**, Chairman of the Board, McGraw Hill
- Gérard Mestrallet**, Chairman & CEO, Engie
- Manuel Pulgar-Vidal*, Minister of Environment, Peru
- Liu Zhenya**, Chairman, State Grid Corporation of China
- Nik Gowing**, International Broadcaster
***confirmed, subject to change
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