The Climate Group CEO receives honor for role in global climate policy

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16 April 2015

LONDON: The Government of Québec has awarded Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group Knight of the Ordre National du Québec. This unique insignia is one of the highest awards for excellence and merit that the Québec government bestows.

“Through this gesture, the Québec government wishes to publicly recognize the key role Mark Kenber is playing in global climate policy,” Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec, said in a statement.

The important emblem was presented after the Quebec Summit on Climate Change which was held in Québec City on April 14th and brought together provincial leaders from across Canada to address climate change collaboratively.

Québec is a long-standing co-chair of The Climate Group’s States & Regions Alliance, and also recently signed the Compact of States and Regions, a commitment facilitated by The Climate Group and other international organizations to provide a clear and fixed picture of governments’ reduction of GHG emissions.

“I am truly honored to receive such an important award,” commented Mark Kenber. “Québec has long been at the forefront of the fight against climate change, and it is a privilege to work with such enthusiastic low carbon leaders. Québec’s commitment to our States & Regions Alliance is invaluable, as the Climate Change Summit has this week highlighted. Indeed, I believe this honour is as much a recognition of Quebec's own leadership and the remarkable efforts of my colleagues at The Climate Group as it is of my own contribution"

Sub-national governments can play a huge role in shaping national and international actions to tackle climate disruption, and bold climate policies are the first step to protecting their citizens while spurring the many economic benefits of low carbon growth.”

Mark Kenber is an economist who has worked on climate change for nearly twenty years, and is globally recognized as a leading expert on international climate policy and sustainable development. Before becoming CEO, in 2011, he was The Climate Group’s Policy Director where he advised former former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, producing reports that outlined the economic and technological rationale for a global climate deal.

Mark has also served as Senior Policy Officer at WWF’s International Climate Change Programme, focusing on carbon market and finance issues, and Director of Planning at Fundacion Natura, Ecuador’s largest environmental organization, where he was also climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government. He has taught at universities in both the UK and Ecuador, and is a frequent speaker at public events and a regular commentator on climate policy and the low carbon economy in the press.

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