The Climate Group launches ‘Voices from Paris’ COP21 series for Climate TV

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2 December 2015

PARIS: This week The Climate Group launched ‘Voices from Paris’, an exclusive series of Climate TV video interviews with policy experts and leading figures from business, government and civil society to share their insights on COP21 and our low carbon economy.

In one of the first 20-second clips released on social media at COP21, Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group says: “In Paris we have a chance the like of which we have never had before, to put the world on an irreversible path to a prosperous low carbon future. The technologies that we need to go from a high carbon to a low carbon world are more available and cheaper than ever before.”

As part of his daily COP21 analysis, Damian Ryan, International Head of Policy, The Climate Group, explains that on the first day world leaders converged to “set a high level of expectation about what negotiators need to deliver.” He advised that from now until Saturday, the negotiators “need to take the text they have and boil it down to the essential issues ministers will decide on next week.”

Watch some of our Climate TV interviews from Paris

Following COP21, there is a crucial role for businesses, states and regions to shape the low carbon economy, because until 2020 when the Paris agreement comes into force, they will be key to bending the emissions curve.

One such opportunity for businesses to steer the energy transition over the next five years is through our campaign in partnership with CDP, RE100, which supports some of the world's most influential companies on their journey to 100% renewable power. 

Emily Farnworth, RE100 Campaign Director, The Climate Group, says a key action for businesses as COP21 unfolds is “knowing there is a long-term goal for increasing renewables”. She says businesses should “set a policy agenda for the long term so that when companies are making decisions for investment they can be clear about the direction of travel.”

Given their collective reach, state and regional governments are also demonstrating climate leadership and showing national governments that they can, and must, continue to go beyond their existing country targets. Libby Ferguson, States & Regions Director, The Climate Group says at COP21 the States & Regions Alliance celebrates its 10th anniversary. “For 10 years our member governments, from California and Gujarat to South Australia, have been driving climate policy innovation”, she explains in a video.

Wenbiao Wang, Chairman of Elion Resources Group, who spoke at an event hosted by The Climate Group in Paris yesterday, also highlighted the importance of cross-border collaboration in an exclusive interview for Climate TV: "I call for my peer business leaders to start taking green actions today, since expanding our living space and protecting the earth is a shared mission for us all." 

Following the event, Climate TV also spoke to Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group, who affirmed that the success of COP21 is “expected to a lay a solid foundation to mobilize more resources from government, business and civil society to take actions to address climate challenges.”

Over the next fortnight The Climate Group is on the ground in Paris to bring you daily policy analysis and exclusive insight from international leaders. If you would like to suggest a guest, please contact us

  • To watch all of our 20-second COP21 videos follow #ClimateTV on social media. Our more in-depth interviews are available at TheClimateGroup.tv

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