Business & Climate Summit brings together 1,000 leading global shapers to call for more climate action

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1 June 2016
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LONDON: The 2016  Business & Climate Summit will be held later this month with 1,000 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 will set out how business can and must take advantage of a swift transition to a climate resilient, low carbon economy.

Taking place June 28-29, the Business & Climate Summit is now the leading international forum between COPs for businesses to come together with international policymakers in support of enhanced climate action. It will build on the success of last year’s inaugural Summit, widely seen as the key moment for mobilising the business community in the run-up to the historic Paris Agreement reached at COP21.

Key speakers include: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary – in her last international speaking engagement in her current role; Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman & CEO, Total; Michel Madelain, Vice Chairman, Moody’s Investors Service; Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman, Paris EUROPLACE, Chairman, ENGIE; Rachel Kyte, CEO, SE4ALL; Sir Roger Gifford, Chairman, City of London’s Green Finance Initiative; Roberto Azevêdo, World Trade Organization Director-General; Mahendra Singhi, Group CEO and Whole Time Director, Dalmia Cement (Bharat); Jean-Dominique Senard, CEO, Michelin.

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Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group

“In less than one month, the second edition of the Business & Climate Summit will be taking place at the Guildhall, at the heart of the City of London," says Mark KenberCEOThe Climate Group. "Last year’s edition, in Paris in May, brought together thousands of businesses and policymakers to set forward what they needed from negotiators at COP21. The result, of course, was the landmark Paris Agreement – which set a clear target of net-zero emissions by the second half of the century across the world.”

“This year’s Business & Climate Summit will build on that, creating the understanding for businesses of what the Paris Agreement means for them, what they can do, and what they must do over the coming years and decades. Once again, business leaders and policymakers will discuss the best options, create frameworks for action, and build the ambition that’s needed to get us on a sub-2 degrees path.”

The Summit is split over two days. On June 28 the focus will be on implementing the Paris Agreement, what the Agreement means for business and how the private sector can lead the way back to a sub-2 degrees pathway. The We Mean Business coalition’s ‘Business Determined Contributions’ report will be launched on the opening day.

Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group

On June 29 the action moves to finance and how trillions of dollars of investment can be unlocked to fund the transition to a low carbon economy. The Summit will conclude with an International Trade Plenary, led by the International Chamber of Commerce, followed by a closing Policy Plenary with politicians and CEOs discussing how supportive policy will encourage more accelerated action from business. An agenda for the Summit can be found online here.

“We have a number of high-profile speakers from industry," concludes Mark Kenber, "from commerce, from the finance sector, and from politics. We are sure that this will lay the ground for future Business & Climate Summits, but most importantly action, ambition, and real implementation of the Paris Agreement.”

Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group

Media registration is now open. To register, visit the Business & Climate Summit website hereRegistration will close on June 24. Space is limited so please register interest as soon as possible.

More high level speakers, and further details on the agenda, will be released weekly in advance of the event itself. For more information, please visit the Business & Climate Summit press page and follow @BClimateSummit, #BusinessClimate.

The Summit is being convened by a network of partners that represent over 6 million businesses worldwide, including the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the We Mean Business coalitionEntreprises pour l’Environnement, UN Global Compact FranceThe Climate Group,Consumer Goods Forum, La Confédération Générale des Entreprises du MarocThe City of LondonCorporationBusiness for Social ResponsibilityCasablanca Finance City Authority, with support from theWorld Economic Forum Global Project on Climate Change.


Business & Climate Summit press office

Beth Woodthorpe-Evans
Head of Media, The Climate Group | +44 (0)207 960 2715 | +44 (0)7912 514445

About the Business & Climate Summit

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 will demonstrate how low carbon strategies are good for business and good for growth and it will build the partnerships needed to scale up and accelerate the low carbon transition.

Media registration is now open. To register, visit the Business & Climate Summit website here.

Business & Climate Summit | @BClimateSummit | #BusinessClimate

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