“The world needs business as
a technology provider and partner to combat the huge impacts of climate change,”
said Kersten-Karl Barth, Chair of the ICC Commission on Environment and Energy,
and Sustainability Director, Siemens. “Now there is strong momentum to cooperate
rather than to only compete – be that among businesses or governments themselves
or between business, civil society and governments. No one can win this alone.”
Other panellists included Izabela
Kiechlowska, Energy Policy & Government Affairs Director Central &
Eastern Europe, GE; Lou Leonard, Vice President, Climate Change, WWF
International; Antonio Pflueger, Chair of the TEC; James Wilde, Director of
Innovation & Policy, Carbon Trust, Paul Watkinson, Head of the French
climate negotiation team and Carlos Busquets, ICC Deputy Director for Policy
and Business Practices.
The panel was one of six Business
Day panels facilitated by eight international business organizations. With
opening addresses by United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres and
Polish Vice-Minister of Environment Beata Jaczewska, the Business Day illustrated
private sector commitment to constructive policy input into the UNFCCC process.
“There are three priorities to address climate change – high resilience, low
carbon and high growth,” Ms Figueres said. “In 2014, on the way to Lima, it
will be more important than ever to have an active business voice if we want to
come to an ambitious and effective draft agreement. Business needs to show its
willingness to increase low carbon solutions, and create minimum confidence
that climate solutions are there and can be scaled up under the right
Ms Jaczewska said: “The role
of business is crucial. This is why the Polish government decided to reinvent
this business dialogue and let in new ideas. We do need climate solutions and it
will be foremost the private sector that will bring them. This event can foster
honest discussions about what would work and what would not, and what kind of
legal framework is needed.”
Throughout the day, over 150
business representatives, government leaders and experts participated in
plenary and panel sessions covering industry and issue-specific topics that
focused on the role of business in contributing to achieving scale and speed to
deal with climate change – with an emphasis on the need for collaboration and
implementation moving forward.
The World Climate Summit
2013, which took place on November 17, was among other events that ICC engaged
in during COP19.
Carlos Busquets, ICC Deputy
Director for Policy and Business Practice, said: “As the voice of world
business, ICC is delighted to once again contribute to the World Climate Summit
as an Institutional Partner. As a Founding Partner of The Road to Paris 2015,
we also look forward to building a practical business solutions platform for a
global deal in Paris in 2015."
The World Climate Summit is
one of the largest business conferences during COP19. The Road to Paris 2015 is
a new process initiated by World Climate Ltd to provide the strongest bottom-up
platform with business for a global climate agreement.