BUSINESS & CLIMATE SUMMIT 2016
ABOUT

The Business & Climate Summit is the leading annual forum for businesses, investors and policymakers on climate action. It is where business and governments come together to agree on a roadmap for reaching net zero emissions over the next half century. It demonstrates how low carbon strategies are good for business and good for growth – and builds the partnerships needed to scale up and accelerate the low carbon transition.

2016 is the turning point. In the aftermath of the Paris Agreement we are on an irreversible path to a net zero carbon economy. However, to keep the average global temperature increase well below two degrees, we must act faster and more decisively than ever. It’s no longer just about commitments, it’s about real climate action.

Business holds the key to meeting global carbon reduction targets; and collaboration between business and government is critical to success. Forward thinking companies with climate change at the heart of their business strategies will reap the benefits of high return investments while those that don’t will face greater risks – from policy, investors and climate change itself.

The 2016 Business & Climate Summit will bring together leaders from business, government and finance to deliver real climate action. Building on the overwhelming success of last year’s event which boasted some of the world’s most influential CEOs and policymakers, the Summit will set out a roadmap for how business, in the short, medium and long term, can take advantage of a swift transition to the net zero carbon economy.

Convened by The Climate Group and We Mean Business, supported by International Chamber of Commerce, United Nations Global Compact, World Economic Forum, WBCSD and EPE – Entreprises pour l’Environnement – organizations working with millions of businesses around the world – Business & Climate Summit takes place at Guildhall in London on June 28-29, 2016.

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BUSINESS & CLIMATE SUMMIT 2016
PROGRAMME

The 2016 Business & Climate Summit will bring together leaders from business, government and finance to deliver real climate action. Building on the overwhelming success of last year’s event which boasted some of the world’s most influential CEOs and policymakers, the Summit will set out a roadmap for how business, in the short, medium and long term, can take advantage of a swift transition to the net zero carbon economy.

Convened by The Climate Group and We Mean Business, supported by International Chamber of Commerce, The City of London Corporation, United Nations Global Compact France, World Economic Forum Global Project on Climate Change, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and EPE – Entreprises pour l’Environnement – organizations working with millions of businesses around the world – Business & Climate Summit takes place at Guildhall in London on June 28-29, 2016.

DAY 1 – Tuesday 28 June DAY 2 – Wednesday 29 June

Download the full programme in pdf here.
View a list of speakers here.


BUSINESS & CLIMATE SUMMIT 2016
SPEAKERS

 

Christiana Figueres

Executive Secretary
UNFCCC

Laurence Tubiana

Ambassador for Climate Change negotiations, Special Representative for COP21
Government of France

Rachel Kyte

Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Energy For All

Gérard Mestrallet

Chairman of the Board, ENGIE and Chairman, Paris EUROPLACE

Patrick Pouyanné

Chairman of the Board
and Chief Executive Officer
Total SA

Felipe Calderón

Former President of Mexico and Chair, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

Paul Polman

Chief Executive Officer
Unilever

Sharon Dijksma

Minister for the Environment
Government of the Netherlands

Sir Roger Gifford

Chairman
City Green Finance Initiative

John Danilovich

Secretary General
International Chamber of Commerce

Vincent de Rivaz

Chief Executive Officer
EDF Energy

Peter Bakker

President and Chief Executive Officer
World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Sir David King

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Climate Change Envoy, and former Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government

Aron Cramer

President & Chief Executive Officer
BSR

Dame Polly Courtice

Director
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun‎

President
Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc (CGEM)

Dr Rana Kapoor

Founder, Managing Director and CEO
Yes Bank

Jean-Dominique Senard

Chief Executive Officer
Michelin

Mahendra Singhi

Group CEO and Whole Time Director
Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited

Saker Nusseibeh

Chief Executive Officer
Hermes

Ségolène Royal

Minister of Environment, Energy and the Sea, in charge of International Climate Relations, Government of France; President of COP21

Michel Madelain

Vice Chairman
Moody’s Investors Service

Steve Howard

Executive Board Member
IKEA Group

Vidar Helgesen

Minister of Climate and Environment
Government of Norway

Roberto Azevêdo

Director General
World Trade Organisation

Terri Wills

Chief Executive Officer
World Green Building Council

Bruno Lafont

Co-Chairman
LafargeHolcim

Kerry Adler

Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
SkyPower

Tzeporah Berman

Co-Chair, Joint Problem Solving Forum and Adjunct Professor, York University

Steve Williams

President and Chief Executive Officer
Suncor Energy

Julian Mylchreest

Global Head of Energy and Power
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Pierre Ducret

Advisor Green Finance, Paris EUROPLACE & Advisor For Climate Change, Caisse des dépôts Group, Chairman, I4CE

José Viegas

Secretary-General
International Transport Forum at the OECD

Yves Laurent Sapoval

Senior Advisor, French Directorate for Housing, Urban Development and Landscapes, in charge of COP21

Myriam Maestroni

Chief Executive Officer
ON5 Company Group

Tatiana Bosteels

Director Responsibility & Head Responsible Property Investment
Hermes Investment Management

Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer
City Developments Limited

Niall Dunne

Chief Sustainability Officer
BT

Naoko Ishii

Chief Executive Officer
GEF

Ron van Erck

International Market Development
Energiesprong

Brian Cahill

Managing Director, AP Corporates and Financial Institutions
Moody’s

Kathy Calvin

President and Chief Executive Officer
United Nations Foundation

David Hone

Chief Climate Change Adviser
Shell

Assaad Razzouk

Chief Executive Officer
Sindicatum

Preben Munch

Director, Corporate Customers & Strategic Partnerships
EcoHz

Sandrine Dixson-Decleve

Chief Partnership Officer
Sustainable Energy for All

Reinhard Quick

Director, Liaison Office in Brussels
VCI

Jonathan Maxwell

Chief Executive Officer
Sustainable Development Capital Limited

Spencer G. Lake

Group General Manager and Vice Chairman
Global Banking and Markets, HSBC

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Luiz Eduado Osorio

Chief Institutional Relations and Legal Officer, CPFL Energia; Board of Directors Member, CPFL Renovaveis and Instituto CPFL

John Roome

Senior Director for Climate Change
World Bank Group

Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian

Chief Executive Officer
GreenWish

David Turk

Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Climate and Technology
U.S. Department of Energy

Adrienne Carter

International Business Editor
New York Times

Brice Lalonde

President
Business & Climate Summit Association

Nigel Topping

Chief Executive Officer
We Mean Business

José Manuel Entrecanales Domecq

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Acciona, S.A.

Eric Olson

Senior Vice President
BSR

Curt Garrigan

Cities and Buildings Programme Officer
UNEP

Dr Patrick Oliva

Senior Vice President External Relations – Sustainable Mobility & Energy Transition
Michelin

Gareth Dunsmore

Electric Vehicle Director
Nissan Europe

Maarten van Dijk

Chief Executive Officer
SkyNRG

Jon Williams

Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change
PwC

Emmanuelle Wargon

Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs and Sustainability
Danone

Jeff Seabright

Chief Sustainaiblity Officer
Unilever

Bey Soo Khiang

Vice-Chairman
RGE

Chris Hood

President Europe
Kellogg Company

Kirstie McIntrye

Director Global Sustainability Operations
HP

Ibrahim Al Zu’bi

Head of Sustainability
Majid Al Futtaim

Ben Caldecott

Director of Sustainable Finance
Smith School of Enterprise and Environment

Stephanie Maier

Director of Strategy and Research
Aviva Investors

Nick Robins

Co-Director
UNEP

Russell Picot

FSB Task Force & HSBC

Graeme Pitkethly

FSB Task Force & Unilever

Erin Lyon

Executive Director
CSR-Asia

Kate Garvey

Founder
Project Everyone

John Momoh

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Channels Television

Dr Jennifer Howard-Grenville

Diageo Reader in Management Studies
University Cambridge Judge Business School

Léon Wijnands

Global Head of Sustainability
ING

Patrik Klintbom

Director Environment and Energy
Volvo Group

Peter Harris

Director of Sustainability, EMEA
UPS

Matthew Tipper

Vice President Alternative Energies
Shell

Josh Whiton

Founder
TransLoc

Will Gardner

Chief Executive Officer
Collectively Ltd

Ronan Dantec

Vice-President
La Commission Développement Durable du Sénat

Jérôme Gatier

Ministère de L’Écologie, France

Saïd Mouline

Chief Executive Officer, ADEREE and Chairman of the Energy, Climate and Green Economy Committee, CGEM

Sheila Watson

Director of Environment
FIA Foundation

Anders Opedal

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Statoil ASA

Rui Teixeira

Board of Directors
EDP

Mike Chaldecott

General Delegate and Regional CEO
Saint-Gobain Construction Products in UK and Ireland

Robin Chase

Co-Founder and Former Chief Executive Officer, Zipcar, Buzzcar and GoLogo; Co-Founder and Board Member, Veniam; Author, Peers Inc

Philippe Joubert

Executive Chairman, Global Electricity Initiative and Chair
The Prince of Wale’s Corporate Leaders Group

Michael Liebreich

Chairman of the Advisory Board
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Caroline Nursey

Executive Director
BBC Media Action

Francois Baillon

Commercial Director
International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)

Peter Sweatman

Chief Executive Officer
Climate Strategy & Partners

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Keith Anderson

Chief Corporate Officer, ScottishPower and
Chief Executive Officer, ScottishPower Renewables

Jean-Marc Jancovici

President
The Shift Project

Andy Ridley

Chief Executive Officer
Circle Economy

Jan Rabe

Director of Sustainability
Siemens

Paul Simpson

CEO
CDP

Brian Baynes

Chief Executive Officer and Board Member
Joule

Jean-Louis Chaussade

Director & Chief Executive Officer
Suez Environment Company

Jim Leape

Consulting Professor
Stanford University

Chris Brett

Senior Vice President
Olam International

Justin Adams

Managing Director, Global Lands
The Nature Conservancy

Bernard Mathieu

Group Head of Sustainable Development
LafargeHolcim

Harry Verhaar

Head of Global Public & Government Affairs
Royal Philips

Freya Burton

Vice President Communications & Government Relations
Lanza Tech

Justin Keeble

Managing Director
Accenture Strategy

Henry Saint Bris

Senior Vice President Marketing & Institutional Relations
Suez Environnement

Isabelle Laurent

Deputy Treasurer and Head of Funding
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Alexis Gazzo

Partner
EY

Zoe Knight

Head of Climate Change Centre of Excellence
HSBC Global Research

David Harris

Group Head of Sustainable Business
London Stock Exchange Group

David Wheldon

President
World Federation of Advertisers

Beth Garrod

Director, Social Responsibility
Viacom International Media Networks

Sir Martin Sorrell

Chief Executive Officer
WPP

Simon Spanswick

Chief Executive Officer
Association of International Broadcasters


BUSINESS & CLIMATE SUMMIT 2016
NEWS

All the latest news and updates on the Business & Climate Summit 2016 are published below. Click ‘Read more’ to access the article.

Opinion: Transitioning to Clean Energy Economy

By: Julian Mylchreest, Global Head of Energy and Power, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

OP-ED SERIES | 6 JULY

Clean energy is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Our analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch estimate the sector will grow by $13 trillion by 2030 […] As a global financial services company, Bank of America recognizes its responsibility to help finance the transition to a low-carbon economy. [Read more]

In a thought leadership series curated by the Business & Climate Summit, global leaders focus on key themes of the Summit Agenda.

UK Government Still Committed to Strong, Clean Energy Economy Despite EU Referendum

DAY 2 RECAP | 29 JUNE

Former Prime Minister of Mexico Felipe Calderon, Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings & Rye and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK Government, and Antonio Simoes, Chief Executive, HSBC, agree global low carbon growth and a climate resilient future is still within reach despite economic uncertainty – with the UK MP affirming “however we choose to leave the EU, let me be clear: we remain committed to dealing with climate change.” [Read more]

“Stay Calm and Transform on”: Finance, Government and Energy Trailblazers Confident in Early Ratification of Paris Agreement and Business Motivation for Real Climate Action

DAY 1-2 RECAP | 28-29 JUNE

At the second annual Business & Climate Summit, a powerful group of industry, finance and government leaders shared their confidence in early ratification of the Paris Agreement and the merits of embedding forward-looking climate action at the heart of their businesses plans. [Read more]

Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change

DAY 2 RECAP | 29 JUNE

Giving a keynote speech at the opening of the second day of the Business & Climate Summit in London’s Guildhall, UK Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Amber Rudd MP re-affirmed UK leadership on action against climate change despite vote to leave the European Union. [Read more]

Architects of Paris Agreement to open Business & Climate Summit and turn commitments into action

DAY 1 RECAP | 28 JUNE

The Business & Climate Summit – the second annual gathering of leading global businesses and politicians dedicated to climate action – kicks off today to address how business can, and should, respond to the historic Paris Agreement. [Read more]

Business could deliver 60% of total emissions cuts pledged in Paris, new report shows

DAY 1 RECAP | 28 JUNE

The private sector could cut greenhouse gas emissions globally by 3.7 metric tons of CO2 a year by 2030, equivalent to 60% of the total emissions cuts pledged by countries at COP21 in Paris – according to ‘The Business End of Climate Change’, a new We Mean Business report launched today at the Business & Climate Summit in London. [Read more]

Opinion: After Brexit, the business voice on climate matters more than ever

By: Nigel Topping, CEO, We Mean Business

OP-ED SERIES | 27 JUNE

The last few days has prompted many questions around Britain’s future climate ambition and whether Brexit will affect the implementation of the Paris Agreement. But as we brace for a period of uncertainty, we can see even stronger reasons to reap the benefits of investing in the opportunities created by the low-carbon economy. [Read more]

In a thought leadership series curated by the Business & Climate Summit, global leaders focus on key themes of the Summit Agenda.

Business & Climate Summit will accelerate the change companies helped shape in Paris: Rachel Kyte, SE4ALL

The business community played a crucial role in securing the historic Paris Agreement, by convincing negotiators and governments that if they were ambitious, business could “fill the gap” on climate action, says Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, in an exclusive Climate TV interview ahead of the Business & Climate Summit 2016. [Read more]

Opinion: Why the hyperloop is no green transport miracle

By: Brian Baynes, CEO and Board Member, Joule

OP-ED SERIES | 21 JUNE

Demand for mobility is rising rapidly. Some propose electricity as the silver bullet across all modes of transport – but the maths is not in our favour. By 2050, there will be two billion cars on the road. Airline passengers will double. Freight movements will have quadrupled. Emerging markets will see accelerating consumer growth.[Read more]

In a thought leadership series curated by the Business & Climate Summit, global leaders focus on key themes of the Summit Agenda.

New speakers announced for the Business & Climate Summit

The 2016 Business & Climate Summit announced more global CEO and policymakers speaking at the Summit that include Stuart Gulliver, CEO, HSBC; Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever; Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman and CEO, EDF; Rana Kapoor,CEO, Yes Bank; Felipe Calderón, Former President of Mexico and Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate; Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP; Bruno Lafont, Co-Chairman, LafargeHolcim; and Saker Nusseibeh, CEO, Hermes Investment Management. [Read more]

Opinion: Enter the suits: business must deliver on the Paris climate deal

By: Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group

OP-ED SERIES | 13 JUNE

We are in a new era of climate action. After the success of the Paris negotiations, the world of 2016 is unequivocally a different place than that of a year ago. [Read more]

In a thought leadership series curated by the Business & Climate Summit, global leaders focus on key themes of the Summit Agenda.

Opinion: Why open markets are our best hope to fight climate change

By: John Danilovich, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce

OP-ED SERIES | 1 JUNE

The anti-trade rhetoric from the US presidential primaries suggests that many Americans essentially view global economic change in zero-sum terms. [Read more]

In a thought leadership series curated by the Business & Climate Summit, global leaders focus on key themes of the Summit Agenda.

Speakers announced for 2016 Business & Climate Summit

The 2016 Business & Climate Summit will be held later this month, with 1000 global CEOs, investors and politicians gathering at the London’s iconic Guildhall, the home of the City of London, the world’s leading international financial centre. The summit today announced some of the key speakers that will be attending the summit. [Read more]


BUSINESS & CLIMATE SUMMIT 2016
WATCH AGAIN

TUESDAY 28 JUNE
09:30 – 10:00

Welcome & Keynote Addresses


BUSINESS & CLIMATE SUMMIT 2016
AFFILIATE EVENTS

‘Powering Progress: unlocking growth in the renewable energy market’
RE100 side event – June 29, 16:00-20:00hrs

Led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, RE100 has already brought together 65 of the world’s most influential companies committed to powering 100% of their global operations with renewable electricity – and this number is on the rise.

Through a RE100 networking event, which immediately follows the close of the Business & Climate Summit being held nearby at Guildhall, RE100 aims to connect these businesses so that they can discuss face-to-face the challenges and opportunities they are experiencing as they work towards their 100% goals – and help others to start out on their journey.

Following introductions from DLA Piper and Damian Ryan, Director of Strategy & Planning, The Climate Group, there will be a panel discussion high level between speakers from leading companies in the campaign, including Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA, Iarla Flynn, Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, Google, Simon Heller, Head Global Environmental Management, UBS and Jessica Shankleman, Renewable Energy Reporter, Bloomberg News (Moderator). Speakers will share the progress they are making towards their 100% renewable electricity goals and discuss the broader role for corporates in scaling renewables to help deliver on the Paris Agreement.

The discussion will be followed by a networking reception and refreshments. This event is by invitation only – invitees include RE100 companies and prospects, partner organizations, selected media, and energy sector stakeholders working with RE100 companies to deliver against their goals.