Net Zero Climate Positive: global summit to address net-zero targets and climate positive solutions

16 May 2013

London: On May 28-29, over 200 high-level multi-stakeholder decisions makers and leaders from business, government, academia and civil societies will convene in London for the B4E Climate Summit 2013 under the theme Net Zero, Climate Positive.

The summit is hosted in partnership with global partners including WWF, The Climate Group, Carbon Disclosure Project, Imperial College, CNN International, Global Initiatives and is sponsored by Hitachi, HP and Renault Nissan.

Leaders together

Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group says: “If we are to move to a low carbon economy and kick-start a much-needed Clean Revolution, innovation and collaboration between public and private bodies is essential. The B4E Summit will allow leading global organisations to share best practices and engage in dialogue that will lead to tangible change and better prospects for economic growth.”

“There are excellent opportunities for firms pursuing a zero carbon or even a climate positive agenda through new business models. I encourage businesses to unlock these opportunities both via significant innovation and the advocacy of a strong global climate deal at the next international climate talks in Warsaw.” David Nussbaum, Chief Executive, WWF-UK.

Key renowned figures speaking include Tom Burke, Senior Advisor to the Special Representative on Climate Change, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Matthew Pencharz, Environmental and Political Advisor to the Mayor of London, as well as WWF International’s Director-General Jim Leape. Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, will also speak as will, Tony Simons, Director General, World Agroforestry Centre; David Nussbaum, CEO, WWF UK and Nigel Topping, Chief Innovation Officer, Carbon Disclosure Project, Ian Cheshire, Group Chief Executive, Kingfisher; Mary-Anne King, Head, Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft UK; Alexis Olans, Senior Global Program Manager, Adidas Better Place and Michael Alexander, Global Head of Environment, Diageo.

Industry action

Five sector-focused working groups will focus delegates on delivering their industry commitments on climate change and propose the policy support and action requires at the national and global levels to scale these actions.

The Climate Group is launching a competition with Marblar called TheEarthHack, during an innovation panel at the Summit, called: Accelerating low carbon innovation for net zero impact; technology challenges, crowd sourcing and hackathons – method or madness?

Speakers include Dan Perez, CEO, Marblar, Sascha Haslemayer, CEO, LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future, Nick Christy, CEO, CINTEP Pty Ltd - Past winner of Dutch Nationale Postcode Loterij Green Challenge, Scott Cain, Smart Cities Programme Leader, Technology Strategy Board and Ben Ferrari, Corporate Relations, The Climate Group. Find out more.


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