New speakers announced for the Opening Ceremony of Climate Week NYC

Denise Puca
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8 September 2016

NEW YORK: The eighth edition of Climate Week NYC will kick-off on September 19 with The Climate Group’s Opening Ceremony, featuring a series of high-profile climate leaders from the US government, the United Nations and world leading businesses.

The Opening Ceremony, taking place at The TimesCenter, will feature keynote speeches and panel discussions with Dr. Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy, Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative for the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All, Jonathan Pershing, US Special Envoy for Climate Change, United States Government - as well as Roland Busch, Managing Board of Siemens AG & Chief Sustainability Officer; Susan Aplin, CEO, bambeco; Eric Rondolat, CEO, Philips Lighting; Andrew Pleper, Global Corporate Social Responsibility Exec, Bank of America.

The opening ceremony will discuss the role of North America in leading global climate action, following the recent ratification of the Paris Agreement by the US, China and 24 other countries, accounting for 39% of global emissions.

Business and policy leaders will discuss what is needed in the coming years – focusing on innovation between government and business, as well as the challenges and opportunities of the clean energy transition.

Being the collaborative space for climate events in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, Climate Week NYC will feature over 70 events across the city, ranging from climate conferences, workshops, exhibitions and business and government panel discussions, drawing the attention on the key topics of the global climate agenda.

On September 20, The Climate Group will host a special event, Scaling The Clean Economy: Using Better Energy, Better, that looks at the growing importance of corporate campaigns such as RE100 and EP100 – and how energy productivity, when combined with renewables, can provide the least-cost decarbonization pathway for leading businesses.

The week will also feature a meeting of the members of The Climate Group’s States & Regions Alliance, which will explore the opportunities for sub-national governments within the alliance. This will be followed by a workshop exploring ways to increase intergovernmental collaboration on energy efficiency. 

To learn more about the Opening Ceremony, as well as receive regular announcements and updates on Climate Week NYC, follow #CWNYC and @ClimateWeekNYC.

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