Countdown to Climate Week NYC
The countdown has begun: coinciding with the first UN General Assembly post Paris - and with the U.S. election fast approaching - Climate Week NYC 2016 (19-25 September), is less than three weeks away. The Climate Group’s flagship event will gather leaders from business and government to demonstrate how continued investment in innovation, technology and clean energy will drive profitability and lead us toward net zero emissions. RE100 will be announcing some news.
Insurers call on G20 leaders to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020
Insurers and investors worth $1.2 trillion have called on G20 leaders to set a 2020 deadline for ending fossil fuel subsidies. Mark Wilson, CEO of Aviva - a member of RE100 - said: “Climate change in particular represents the mother of all risks – to business and to society as a whole. And that risk is magnified by the way in which fossil fuel subsidies distort the energy market. These subsidies are simply unsustainable.” To read the full statement, coordinated by the Overseas Development Institute, click here.
1000 corporate commitments to climate action
A milestone of 1000 corporate commitments to bold climate action has been reached through We Mean Business’ ‘Take Action’ campaign. This includes 69 business commitments to 100% renewable power through RE100, so far - with more to be announced in the coming weeks. The recent gathering pace of commitments shows clear momentum in corporate efforts to help keep global warming below two degrees.
Philips Lighting India sponsors India Energy Access Summit
More than 400 leaders from business enterprises, financial institutions and government have renewed their commitment in supporting India to deliver access to sustainable energy, at this year’s India Energy Access Summit in New Delhi, India. The Climate Group’s flagship event in India was made possible with the support of summit partners including Philips Lighting - a member of RE100.
Speaking in an interview for Climate TV, The Climate Group’s digital TV channel, Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs at Philips Lighting, said: “the business model fits as a solution glove to all the things that we need to address in the climate change challenge”.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
August 31- September 1: The second summit (II Climate Summit of the Americas), Guadalajara, Mexico - Walmart and Nestlé are among the speakers at this major annual event convening subnational governments of the Americas, business, academic and civil society sectors. This year the summit is hosted by the government of Jalisco. The Climate Group is using this platform to increase awareness of the need for policy to support corporate sourcing of renewables.
Monday September 19: Opening Ceremony, Climate Week NYC, U.S. - Climate Week NYC is The Climate Group’s global flagship event; a milestone in the international climate calendar and a focal meeting point for leading governments, investors, businesses, innovators and opinion formers. We are currently confirming speakers - to include RE100 members.
Tuesday September 20: ‘Scaling the Clean Economy: Using Better Energy, Better’, 15:45 - 20:00hrs, New York City, U.S. - This networking event, hosted by The Climate Group, will show how energy productivity, when combined with renewables, can provide the least-cost decarbonization pathway for leading businesses, helping to keep the world on course for reaching net-zero emissions well before the end of the century.
Speakers confirmed to date include Rachel Kyte, CEO of SE4All; John Gaylen, North America President of Danfoss; Anirban Ghosh, VP of Sustainability, Mahindra & Mahindra; Melanie Nakagawa, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation, US Department of State; and Nancy Pfund, Founder, Managing Partner, DBL Partners. This event is by invitation only.
Late September (date tbc): RE100 webinar on renewable energy tracking systems in India.
November 7-18: UNFCCC COP22, Marrakesh, Morocco: We are collaborating with REBA, IRENA, WBCSD, CEM7, the Global Solar Council and CAN International to ensure corporate demand for renewables is integrated into key events and discussions at COP22. There will be a number of speaking opportunities for senior executives of RE100 members.
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