Next week, 200 days before the COP21 climate talks in Paris, business and government leaders will gather at Climate Week Paris to call for a strong international agreement in December. Several BSR staff members and executives will participate in the activities.
Most notably, BSR has joined with 25 networks to organize the Business and Climate Summit, taking place May 20-21 at UNESCO headquarters. More than 50 CEOs and government leaders are scheduled to share their vision of business strategies and policies that will lead us toward a low-carbon economy. And BSR will kick off our Spring Forum Series 2015 events throughout Europe dedicated to business action on climate.
What follows is an overview of BSR staff attending Climate Week Paris, where we will be, and when. If you will be there, tweet to #BSRclimate, and follow our staff members (see Twitter handles below) and @BSRnews for live updates.
BSR will support the release of French translations of the climate briefing reports published jointly by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Judge Business School, with support from the European Climate Foundation. These short, sector-specific briefings distill the key findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report for different business sectors.
Several BSR staff will attend the Business and Climate Summit: Farid Baddache, Managing Director, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; Edward Cameron, Managing Director, Partnership Development and Research (@EdwardJCameron); Aron Cramer, President and CEO (@aroncramer); Eva Dienel, Associate Director, Communications (@EvaDienel); Angie Farrag-Thibault, Associate Director, Transport and Logistics; Samantha Harris, Associate, Climate Change (@Samantha_Lacey) Stéphanie Leblanc, Associate Director, Communications (@leblanc_steph); Elisa Niemtzow, Director, Consumer Sectors; Tara Norton, Director, Supply Chain Sustainability (@tnnw1); Emilie Prattico, Manager, Partnership Development and Research (@emilie_prattico); and David Wei, Associate Director, Climate Change (@CCDiplomat).
At the Business and Climate Summit, Cramer will lead the thematic session “Cities: Infrastructure and Buildings, Technology, and Transportation.” The panel will discuss how cities, as crucial centers of innovation in meeting the climate challenge, can lead the way to low-carbon prosperity.
Cramer will attend the board meeting of the We Mean Business coalition.
Cameron will speak at the Climate and Clean Air Coalition High-Level Assembly in Geneva. Prattico also will attend.
Cramer, Dienel, and Leblanc will attend UNEP Climate Action’s Stakeholder Launch Reception. (BSR is a partner of the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015, held this December at COP21.)
Cramer will attend a dinner hosted at the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy, held in preparation for COP21.
We’ll kick off the BSR Spring Forum Series 2015 with the morning event “Fast Mitigation for High-Emitting Sectors,” which is dedicated to short-lived climate pollutants. This event is especially relevant for the oil and gas, transport, and agriculture sectors. Cameron will speak and moderate discussions, and Baddache, Dienel, Farrag-Thibault, Harris, Leblanc, and Prattico will attend.
At International Climate Finance Day, Cramer will moderate discussions on assessing, financing, and insuring against climate risk.
At BSR, we believe that the outcome of the COP21 agreement will be shaped by the actions and advocacy of the business community, which is why we have made climate a priority through our Business in a Climate-Constrained World program. We hope you join us in calling for a strong climate commitment on the road to Paris—and we hope to see you at Climate Week Paris next week.