Business & Climate Summit shows business backs a successful COP21, says John Danilovich ICC

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11 May 2015

LONDON: In the week before the first-ever Climate Week Paris, we are holding a series of Twitter Q&As with business leaders to find out how companies are acting on climate, especially in the critical year before global climate talks, COP21.

On Monday May 11 we hosted John Danilovich, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce to talk about the international business perspective on climate action and low carbon growth. 

John is a global business leader with extensive experience in trade-related issues. As well as holding executive board positions in the international maritime industry for several decades, John has also served as the US Ambassador to Brazil and to Costa Rica, as well as Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an innovative and successful foreign aid program.

Today, among many critical roles, John is also Board Member of the International Advisory Council for the Harvard School of Public Health and Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Next week as part of Climate Week Paris, John will be speaking at the Business & Climate Summit. Below are just a few of the best tweets from our live #CWParis Twitter Q&A. 



First, we wanted to know more about what companies need to make decisive and ambitious climate and low carbon targets a central part of their business plans, and whether or not a global climate deal at COP21 is on their radars.


With a global climate deal a crucial part of forward-thinking businesses' plans, John Danilovich shared more insight on how the private sector can engage better with - and help shape - the negotiations in Paris this December. 


Digging deeper into the role of trade, John underlined how it is key to tackling climate change. In particular he pointed out how investment has been surging in clean tech, and the global green goods market is worth over US$1 trillion. But he also explained how growth has sadly been curbed by trade barriers. 


With your questions bringing the conversation back to the climate talks, John highlighted how the faith of the business community in the low carbon economy will be further bolstered by a strong and robust climate deal.  


And while the global low carbon economy will get a healthy boost from a climate deal, John made it crystal clear that investing now is already a smart business decision for most companies today.


You can hear more from John Danilovich next week, during the Business & Climate Summit, the cornerstone event of the first-ever Climate Week Paris which takes place from May 18-24, 2015 - and The Climate Group will be live tweeting the action.

The international, high-level gathering is organized by The Climate Group, and will showcase how business is acting on climate and help build momentum for the global climate talks that will unfold in the same city this December.

Follow our Climate Week Paris activities on hashtag #CWParis this week and throughout the week for the latest news, events and annoucements around business and climate action. See the full calendar of events at

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