BUSINESS & CLIMATE SUMMIT 2015
200 days before UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the May 20 – 21 Business & Climate Summit – also in Paris – provided a unique forum for business and government leaders to demonstrate bold action, adopt forward-looking strategies and call for ambitious policies, allowing us to scale up solutions.
Read the conclusive messages from Business & Climate Summit 2015 or explore our photo gallery and videos from the Summit. See below for a list of 2015 partners, sponsors and speakers and a summary of events.
The Business & Climate Summit brought 2000 international business leaders, policymakers and investors to Paris – 200 days before COP21. The Summit was an unprecedented mobilisation convening 25 business networks representing over 6 million companies from more than 130 countries. And together, they called for an alliance of all actors to lead the global transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy.
François Hollande, President of the French Republic, opened the Summit and called for business to take action, individual or collective, on the road to the Paris COP 21. Business involvement is an invaluable support for states to reach an ambitious agreement.
Business leaders and investors demonstrated the bold climate actions many of them are already taking, and called upon policymakers to:
- introduce robust and effective carbon pricing mechanisms on all emissions – including the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies;
- establish an alliance between business and governments leading to the integration of climate policies into mainstream economy;
- leverage public funds and private sector finance, to de-risk investment towards low-carbon assets, especially in developing countries.
In a video message, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry said: “The energy market… is literally the biggest market in the history of humankind.”
The Summit concluded with a speech by the French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius. The Minister encouraged companies to share low-carbon innovation, commit to existing climate action initiatives, publish those commitments on the NAZCA platform and continue the dialogue with governments after COP 21.
“We can create lasting economic growth
while also tackling the immense risks of climate change.”
P-A. de CHALENDAR (CEO, Saint-Gobain)
J-P. TRICOIRE (CEO, Schneider Electric)
See the agenda for 2015 below
2015 CORE PARTNERS
2015 SUMMIT PARTNERS
2015 SUPPORTING PARTNERS
2015 HOST PARTNERS
2015 MEDIA PARTNERS
2015 BUSINESS SPEAKERS
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