5 things to know about the Busi­ness and Cli­mate Sum­mit

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Around 1,300 busi­ness, gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try lead­ers are con­verg­ing at UNESCO Head­quar­ters in Paris to­day for the start of the Busi­ness and Cli­mate Sum­mit, a unique event set to show­case what busi­ness is do­ing to ad­dress cli­mate change and what more the pri­vate sec­tor could do with the right poli­cies in place.

Tak­ing place on 20-21 May, the Sum­mit is the high­light of Paris Cli­mate Week and as a lead­ing part­ner ICC has the lowdown on what you need to know about the event:

A mile­stone on the road to COP21…

2015 is poised to be a land­mark year for in­ter­na­tional cli­mate pol­icy. The Busi­ness and Cli­mate Sum­mit is be­ing held ex­actly 200 days be­fore the UN Paris Cli­mate Con­fer­ence (COP21), where it is ex­pected a new global deal will be reached. The Busi­ness and Cli­mate Sum­mit is in­tended to send a strong sig­nal that busi­ness is fully com­mit­ted to a suc­cess­ful out­come to COP21-and specif­i­cally a new global cli­mate deal that works with busi­ness to scale-up in­vest­ment in cli­mate- friendly and cli­mate- re­silient tech­nolo­gies.

…and not just a talk shop

There is in­ter­na­tional con­sen­sus that we must limit the in­crease in global tem­per­a­ture to no more than 2°C. Busi­ness rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of tak­ing ac­tion now to tackle cli­mate change and sees the Busi­ness and Cli­mate Sum­mit as part of an on­go­ing process to fun­da­men­tally shift the way busi­ness en­gages on the devel­op­ment of cli­mate pol­icy. In other words, the Sum­mit is a piv­otal mo­ment to en­hance the way busi­ness and gov­ern­ments en­gage in run-up to COP21… and be­yond!

So what con­cretely will the Sum­mit achieve?

The over­ar­ch­ing aim of the Busi­ness and Cli­mate Sum­mit is to pro­duce a set of con­clu­sions that will - for the first time - set out the views of lead­ing busi­nesses and as­so­ci­a­tions on the key el­e­ments of a global cli­mate change treaty. Busi­ness can play a con­struc­tive

role in in­form­ing the en­tire life­cy­cle of cli­mate pol­icy by help­ing set­ting pri­or­i­ties, craft­ing pol­icy op­tions and of course, tak­ing ac­tion. Busi­ness is al­ready tak­ing a lead in de­liv­er­ing and de­ploy­ing pow­er­ful so­lu­tions that sup­port the global cli­mate agenda. The COP21 ne­go­ti­a­tions and any new global cli­mate deal stand to be more ef­fec­tive in tack­ling cli­mate change with bet­ter busi­ness in­put. We’re not seek­ing to ne­go­ti­ate - that is the role of gov­ern­ments - but there must be a rec­og­nized role for busi­ness to help en­sure that cli­mate is­sues are ad­dressed in the most ef­fec­tive way, and one that sup­ports eco­nomic growth and job cre­ation.

Who will be at­tend­ing the Sum­mit?

The Sum­mit has at­tracted an im­pres­sive line- up of in­ter­na­tional in­flu­encers from the world of busi­ness and gov­ern­ment. ICC Chair­man Terry McGraw and ICC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral John Danilovich join the likes of Unilever CEO Paul Pol­man, Pres­i­dent of France Fran­cois Hol­lande, French For­eign Min­is­ter Lau­rent Fabius and the UN Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Chris­tiana Figueres.

Is ICC a new­comer to the cli­mate de­bate?

Far from it! ICC has been com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able busi­ness world­wide for more than 40 years. In the 1970’ s we de­vel­oped the first ever en­vi­ron­men­tal guide­lines for in­dus­try and launched the first edi­tion of the ICC Busi­ness Char­ter for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment in 1991. In 2012 we is­sued the ICC Green Econ­omy Roadmap and since 2013 have been the global busi­ness fo­cal point to the UNFCCC con­fer­ences.

We see par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Busi­ness and Cli­mate Sum­mit as a log­i­cal con­tin­u­a­tion of this work by help­ing com­pa­nies to en­gage in a con­struc­tive and mean­ing­ful way in the cli­mate pol­icy de­bate.

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