What happened at the first-ever Climate Week Paris?
- 26 May 2015
LONDON: With 30 events, more than 2,000 attendees from over 50 countries and hundreds of high-profile speakers - including French President François Hollande, Al Gore, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres and CEOs from the world's biggest businesses - the first-ever Climate Week Paris successfully brought together a powerful call for action from the global business and finance community on the road to COP21 and far beyond.
Climate Week Paris ended on May 24, following 7 days of more than 20 critical headline announcements from events across the city, including the two-day Business & Climate Summit and Climate Finance Day.
The week of events was convened by The Climate Group, and through our account @ClimateGroup we also hosted live Q&As, published more than 30 news stories, launched a digital climate action barometer and live-tweeted from events using the hashtag #CWParis, which reached 183 million impressions.
So here is a round-up of some of the best moments - and tweets - from Climate Week Paris.
The week opened with the Green Investment Financing Forum, which included an inspiring speech by former US Vice President Al Gore and focused on the state of the tools that are currently available to finance the low carbon transition.
But other RE100 partners were in Paris to show the business case for climate action and US Secretary of State John Kerry used RE100 as an example of powerful business action uniting on tackling climate change and accelerating low carbon growth:
We also launched our new climate action barometer, which will keep tracking confidence in low carbon actions throughout the year.
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres presented the NAZCA (Non-State Actors Zone for Climate Action) portal:
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin also announced France’s plan to pass a new law which will force greater greenhouse gas data disclosure from the finance sector.
Game-changer: Finance Min. Sapin announces France will require all institutional investors to disclose carbon footprint. #climatefinanceday— We Mean Business (@WMBtweets) May 22, 2015
Henri de Castries, CEO of Axa, a major insurance company, announced five commitments that will help drive the low carbon transition, including a pioneering commitment to divest from all remaining EUR500 million coal-related assets.
The above is just a selection of the many announcements and activities that took place during Climate Week Paris, 200 days before the global climate talks take place in the same city. You can learn more by clicking the links below to read full write-ups of events.
And we will be back in September in New York City for Climate Week NYC, our seventh annual summit which brings together leaders from around the world to discuss the low carbon economy, during the most important year for climate action in history.
Read all of our #CWParis coverage:
- Climate Finance Day Rounds Off Week of Business Action In Paris
- "The Trade-Off Between Climate Change and Economic Growth is Fake": US, Saudi Arabia, Investors and Economists Back Clean Energy Future
- UN-Backed Online Portal Tracks Business and Sub-National Climate Commitments
- Christiana Figueres, John Kerry and Laurent Fabius Join The Business Community’s Optimism for Cop21
- Business Community Calls on Policymakers to Join Forces on COP21 And Post-Paris Actions
- General Clark: Climate Change is a Security Challenge
- Nestle Says its Biggest Investors are Asking About its Environmental Commitments
- M&S Joins RE100 Campaign to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy
- Experts in Building Sector Set to Form Alliance on Road To COP21
- 200 Days Before COP21 President Hollande Says Business Vital to “Transformation Of The World” that Global Climate Deal Entails
- New Tool Tracks Companies with Most Carbon Risk
- Climate Science Gives Competitive Advantage to Big Companies Including Mars, Enel And CLP Holdings
- Renewables Offer "Best Outcome for Dollars Invested": Investors Talk Carbon Risk in Paris
- Sub-National Governments Representing Collective GDP of Over $4 Trillion Sign Bold Climate Agreement
- "The World has Avoided this Talk for Too Long": Al Gore at OECD Green Investment Financing Forum
- Investors Must Use Portfolios "To Decarbonize The Economy", Says Mirova Ceo Philippe Zaouati
- Climate Action Barometer Launched: Experts Say Outlook is ‘Changeable’
- Climate Finance Day is Critical to Learn From Global Leaders and Raise Ambition so we Shift the Trillions: Nick Robins, UNEP Inquiry
- Infosys Becomes the First Indian Company to Join RE100 Renewable Energy Campaign
- President Hollande to Address Climate Week Paris as Business Gathered at the Business & Climate Summit Makes Strong Call for Agreement At COP21
By Denise Puca