Programme

Held over two days, the Forum will provide a multi-stakeholder platform for dialogue and action among business, investors, civil society, the UN and Government officials. The second day for the Forum will feature a High-level meeting on corporate climate leadership convening chief and senior business executives, Ministers and Heads of government delegations. Nearly 400 participants are expected to attend, with UN heads participating in key aspects of the event.

19 NOVEMBER

Day one of the Forum will consist of up to 11 focused sessions on themes related to the UNFCCC agenda covering mitigation, adaptation, technology, finance and other cross-cutting issues such as transparency and responsible policy engagement. These themes have been identified based on their relevance to business and their capacity to provide substantive contributions to the work of Caring for Climate and its partners. Sessions will be organized by the UN Global Compact, UNEP and UNEP Finance Initiative, UNFCCC secretariat and select partners including the Carbon Disclosure Project and the Climate Group.

Day one venue: Sofitel Warsaw Victoria Hotel Krolewska 1, Warsaw, Poland

 

Please see preliminary agenda below. Sessions are subject to change. Please visit the Forum’s website regularly for updates. Download Complete Programme.

8:00 Registration & Welcome
9:15-10:00 Official Opening Plenary: Caring for Climate Business Forum

Marking the official opening of the inaugural Caring for Climate Business Forum, this plenary session will emphasize the critical need for driving higher levels of ambition, innovation and collaboration to advance the global climate change agenda.

- Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson and Communications Director, UNEP

- H.E. Mr. Marcin Korolec, Minister of Environment – Poland, COP19/CMP9 President
- Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
- Mr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)
- Mr. George Hamilton, Vice President, Olympic Operations, Dow Chemical Company

10:15-11:30 Thematic Breakout Session

Option 1: Building Momentum: Promoting Energy Efficiency, Renewable and Technology Solutions

Convener:

UNFCCC

Theme:

Mitigation, Technology

Speakers:

- Mr. Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group
- Mr. Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs Philips Lighting
- Ms. Nicola Brüning, Head of Representative Germany Office, BMW Group
- Mr. James Oxbrow, Certified Project Manager, Wind Power, Siemens
- Ms. Marina Ploutakhina, Advisor, Sustainable Energy for All
- Mr. Karl Rose, Senior Advisor, World Energy Council

Innovation is at the core of the necessary action needed in order to achieve the three objectives of the UN Secretary-General’s initiative Sustainable Energy for All: Ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. The energy policies defined over the next few years through to 2020 will determine the world’s energy mix through to 2030 and beyond. This session will discuss the key role that the private sector plays in delivering the innovation, including the technological breakthroughs, needed to achieve these objectives, while at the same time delivering on the related climate benefits. Bringing to scale the technologies, both for energy efficiency and for renewables, will be crucial for the environment and the climate.

Option 2: Demystifying Private Climate Finance: The transformational potential of the Green Climate Fund

Convener:

UNEP / UNEP-FI

Theme:

Finance, Mitigation, Adaptation

Speakers:

- Héla Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund
- Mr. Eric Usher, Manager of Seed Capital Programmes, UNEP
- Mr. Yvo de Boer, Special Global Advisor, Climate Change and Sustainability, KPMG
- Mr. Abyd Karmali, ‎Managing Director, Global Head of Carbon Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- Mr. Anton Hilber, GCF Board Alternate; Head, Global Programme Climate Change, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
- Mr. Manfred Konukiewitz, Co-chair of the Board of the Green Climate Fund

There is widespread agreement that the GCF will achieve its objective of transformational impact only if it is able to unlock at-scale private finance for mitigation, and adaptation, in developing countries. This session will clarify where and why exactly, private finance is essential to achieving the mitigation and adaptation objectives of developing countries; and how the GCF can mobilise the appropriate `classes` of finance to meet developing countries’ needs for low-carbon and climate-resilient development.

Option 3: Climate Action & Partnerships – Perspective from Poland

Convener:

Ministry of Environment – Poland, Global Compact Local Network – Poland

Theme:

Mitigation, Adaptation, Technology, Finance

Speakers:

- H.E. Mr. Marcin Korolec, Minister of Environment, Poland, COP19/CMP9 President
- Mr. Bolesław Rok, Kozminsky University, Business Ethics Centre, Kozminski University Business School
- Ms. Irena Pichola, PwC Poland
- Mr. Małgorzata Skucha, CEO of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management
- Mr. Michał Kiełsznia, General Director for Environmental Protection, Poland
- Mr. Janusz Górski, CEO DB Schenker Logistics Poland
- Mr. Jan Chadam, CEO Gaz-System S.A.
- Ms. Katarzyna Rudnicka, CEO, Vivenge Company
- Mr. Andrzej Malinowski, President, Employers of Poland

The session will present partnerships between the Polish Government and the private sector that highlight innovative practices, solutions and partnerships on climate change. During the session, Vision 2050: The New Agenda for Business in Poland will be presented. The document is based on the WBCSD’s Vision 2050 and defines challenges and their corresponding solutions that Polish companies face.

11:30-11:45 Coffee Break
11:45-13:00 Thematic Breakout Session

Option 1: Responsible Corporate Engagement on Climate Change Policy

Convener:

UN Global Compact

Theme:

Finance, Mitigation, Adaptation, Technology

Speakers:

- Jennifer Morgan, Director of the Climate and Energy Program, WRI
- The Rt Hon Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Climate Change, United Kingdom
- Mr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, WRI
- Mr. Lance Pierce, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Ceres
- Ms. Samantha Smith, Leader of Global Climate & Energy Initiative, WWF
- Ms. Anne Gadegaard, Programme Director Corporate Sustainability, Novo Nordisk
- Mr. Paul Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, CDP
- Mr. Brice Lalonde, Special Advisor, Sustainable Development, UN Global Compact
To help companies engage in climate policy, Caring for Climate, in partnership with WRI, CDP, WWF, Ceres and The Climate Group, has developed The Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy. Drawing on insights from interviews with more than 60 individuals from 20 countries, the Guide helps companies engage in climate policy in a transparent and accountable way that is consistent with their sustainability commitments. Most importantly, the guide puts core elements of responsible corporate engagement into three practical “action items” for companies to inform and advance effective climate change policy:

- Engage for Legitimacy and Opportunity
- Align for Consistency and Accountability
- Report for Transparency

The session will present the guide and give different stakeholder perspectives on the need to for action to accelerate responsible climate policy engagement in the lead up to the historic opportunity for business to elevate missions and strategies to align with an ambitious global legal agreement by 2015.

Option 2: Mitigating Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

Convener:

UNEP, Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

Theme:

Mitigation

Speakers:

- Kevin Fay, International Climate Change Partnership (ICCP)
- Helena Molin Valdes, Head of CCAC Secretariat, CCAC
- Bryan Jacob, Energy & Climate Protection Manager, The Coca-Cola Company
- Jorge Dieguez, Regulatory Affairs Manage, DuPont
- Nathaniel Keohane, Vice President of International Climate, Environmental Defense Fund
- Bahijjahtu Abubakar, Co-Chair of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria
Fast action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), such as black carbon, methane and some hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that “live” from days up to a couple of decades in the atmosphere, has the potential to prevent millions of premature deaths each year, avoid annual losses of some of the world’s staple crops, and slow down the global warming expected by 2050 by as much as half a degree.

This session will showcase the work of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), in particular through its initiatives to reduce methane and black carbon from oil and natural gas production and to introduce alternatives and standards for HFCs, focusing on the opportunities for the private sector to further enhance its role in reducing SLCPs at the international scale.

Option 3: Fostering New Financial Partnerships: Promoting technology transfer and deployment in developing countries

Convener:

Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)

Theme:

Mitigation, Adaptation, Technology

Speakers:

- Mr. Heinz Leuenberger, Director of Environmental Management Branch, UNIDO
- Mr. Mark Radka, Interim Director, CTCN; Head of Energy Branch, UNEP
- Mr. Griff Thompson, Chair, Advisory Board, CTCN
- Ms. Jeanne Chi Yun Ng, Director, Group Environmental Affairs, CLP Group
- Ms. Jorge Soto, Director, Sustainable Development, Braskem
- Mr. Arunavo Mukerjee, Tata Cleantech Capital Limited
- Mr. Franck Jesus, Senior Climate Change Specialist, GEF

The Climate Technology Centre and Network aims to foster collaborations with all relevant actors including private companies, academic, governments, civil society organizations, regional climate technology centres and networks as well as financial institutions and organizations, to reduce the risks and costs of technology transfer for developing countries. This session aims to provide an opportunity to present and exchange ideas as to how to engage the private sector, multilateral banks, and bilateral project organizations in the implementation of project and investments in technology transfer. Furthermore, the session will explore how the CTCN can work together with Private sector associations and companies to promote investments and develop market opportunities.

13:00-14:30 Lunch: Networking & Stories of Success

A collaborative space for participants to explore, navigate and commit to key actions and partnerships on climate change including through the Climate & Energy Action Hub and Public-Private Partnership efforts of Governments. Caring for Climate and partner tools and resources will be featured. During this segment, Forum sponsors will host collective action sessions highlighting stories of success and showcasing innovative practices, solutions and partnerships on climate action.

Sustainability and the Olympic Movement – Catalysts of Change Hosted by Dow with the International Olympic Committee and Rio 2016

14:45-16:00 Thematic Breakout Session

Option 1: Unlocking the Value in Low-carbon Innovation

Convener:

The Climate Group

Theme:

Mitigation, Technology

Speakers:

- Mr. Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group
- H.E. Minister Paul Wheelhouse, Government of Scotland
- Secretary of State Dr. Josep Enric Llebot, Government of Catalonia
- Mr. Daniel Müller, Senior Director Government Affairs, Siemens AG
- Dr. Michael Mazor, Fellow Energy and Climate Change, Dow
- Dr. Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting
Ambitious “bottom up” initiatives from businesses and governments will be crucial to achieving global emissions reductions at the scale needed. In this context, the development of effective models for low carbon innovation has increasingly come into focus. However, despite the increasing use of the term, the concept of low carbon innovation and its success factors still need to be better understood.

Low carbon innovation carries with it a particular set of challenges. Many low carbon technologies require new business models distinct from the core models companies and industries operate to today. Furthermore, these models must often work at the level of systems and markets, rather than just developing new ‘push’ products and services. These factors make partnerships with end-users and policymakers essential.

This session brings together leaders from businesses and sub-national governments to share experiences on successful low-carbon innovation from a systems perspectives, exploring its role as a driver of forward-looking corporate strategy, as well as the political framework conditions needed to supports its large-scale uptake. The outcomes of the session will feed into a broader two-year initiative The Climate Group is currently developing with its corporate and government network to advance the low carbon innovation agenda.

Option 2: Forests and Finance: Phasing out deforestation from global supply and investment chains

Convener:

UNEP/UNEP-FI

Theme:

Mitigation, Adaptation, Finance

Speakers:

- Mr. Iain Henderson, Programme Officer, UNEP Finance Initiative
Speakers:
- Mr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Head of the President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP-PPP), Indonesia
- Mr. Chris Webb, Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC
- Mr. Nigel Topping, Chief Innovation Officer, CDP
- Mr. Karsten Loeffler, Chief Operating Officer, Allianz Climate Solutions

Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is a critical piece in the puzzle of mitigating climate change. Achieving REDD+ objectives requires a systematic phase-out of deforestation from global commodity supply chains. This session will shed light on the catalytic role of finance and investment in the transition from conventional to sustainable forms of land-use.

Option 3: Partnerships for Climate Action: Catalyzing adaptation and mitigation solutions

Convener:

UN Global Compact

Theme:

Mitigation, Adaptation, Finance, Technology

Speakers:

- Ms. Kelly Rigg, Executive Director, TckTckTck – The Global Call for Climate Action
- Mr. Wagner Siqueira, Executive Manager, Banco do Brasil
- Dr. Nicoletta Piccolrovazz, Technical & Sustainability Director, Dow Olympic Operations
- Mr. Michael Stevens, Partnership Manager, Siemens
- Mr. Hakan Gürdal, General Manager, AkcansaC
- Mr. Christopher Knowles, Head of Climate Change and Environment, European Investment Bank

The session aims to provide greater understanding and examine the social, environmental and financial benefits of and discuss some of the key factors that make partnerships on climate change successful. It will provide a platform to highlight and showcase innovative and effective partnerships on climate change with a view to encourage further collaboration among business, investors, governments, civil society and the UN. Examples of initiatives that have potential for both impact and scale will be featured. The session will also feature the Climate and Energy Action Hub – an online portal that provides opportunities for companies and other stakeholders to steer collective climate action.

16:00-16:15 Coffee Break
16:15-17:30 Thematic Breakout Session

Option 1: Climate Reporting for Sustainable Markets

Convener:

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) / Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB)

Theme:

Mitigation, Adaptation, Finance

Speakers:

- Mr. Nathan Fabian, CEO Investor Group on Climate Change (CHAIR)
- Ms. Jane Thostrup Jadg, CFO Maersk
- Mr. Alan McGill,Partner, PWC
- Mr. Kajetan Czyz, Analyst, Governance and Sustainable Investment, F&C
- Mr. Nigel Topping, Chief Innovation Officer, CDP
Investors’ interest in corporate non-financial information is growing. Through CDP, investors managing in excess of US 87 Trillion assets support the disclosure of corporate greenhouse gas emissions and climate change data. Increasingly, there is recognition that corporate disclosure of climate risk, greenhouse gas emissions, and mitigation and adaptation activities is synonymous with superior financial performance and vice versa. However, these correlations are not being adequately reflected in financial analyses.

This event will build on the work of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), CDP and others that are working to provide consistent, transparent and reliable information to markets to enable investor to make better informed investment decisions about the risks and opportunities of climate change to a company’s ability to create and preserve value.

Option 2: Ensuring Climate Resilience: Making climate insurance available to vulnerable communities

Convener:

UNEP/UNEP-FI

Theme:

Adaptation, Finance

Speakers:

- Mr. Remco Fischer, Programme Officer, UNEP Finance Initiative
- Mr. Peter Höeppe, Head Geo Risks Research/Corporate Climate Centre, Munich Re
- Mr. Rowan Douglas, CEO, Willis Global Analytics
- Mr. Paul Watkinson, Head of the Climate Negotiation Team, Ministry of Ecology, France
- Mr. Pa Ousman, Director, Department of Water Resources and UNFCCC Focal Point, The Gambia

Key to achieving climate resilience is access to sound risk assessment, management and transfer. The insurance industry possesses considerable expertise and know-how in these areas. This session will explore how insurance companies and governments can work together to provide to vulnerable communities, particularly in developing countries, access to the insurance services needed to better cope with weather extremes.

17:45-18:00 Closing Plenary

The Closing Plenary will distil leading climate practices, innovations and collaborations and identify promising business actions and commitments across Forum themes: mitigation, adaptation, finance and technology. The session will also provide opportunities for new commitments and partnerships that would bring greater scale and quality to climate action globally.

- Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson and Communications Director, UNEP
- H.E. Mrs. BEE Molewa, Minister of Water and Environment Affairs, Republic of South Africa*
- Mr. Huang Wensheng, Secretary General, Global Compact Local Network China
- Mr. Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, Ikea
- Ms. Rachel Kyte, Vice-President, World Bank Group
- Mr. Peter Bakker, President, WBCSD
- Mr. Brice Lalonde, Special Advisor, Sustainable Development, UN Global Compact

18:30 Networking Reception

* Invited

 

20 November

Chief Executives and senior representatives of Caring for Climate signatories will engage in high-level meeting together with Government representatives, including representatives of relevant institutions established under the UNFCCC. The high-level meeting will distil the outcomes from the first day – including examples of leading climate practices, innovations, collaborations and commitments to action across key climate change themes – and put forward key recommendations for Government actions that would help bring greater scale and quality to corporate climate leadership globally.

Following welcoming remarks and introduction of the Forum’s themes, participants will engage in interactive discussions focused on accelerating climate action in the following areas: Mitigation (Bridging the Emissions Gap by 2020); Adaptation; Capacity building and technology transfer; and Finance including innovative financing. The event will conclude with a report-back segment, announcement of new commitments to action.

Day two venue: National Stadium, Warsaw Aleja Księcia Józefa Poniatowskiego 1, Warsaw, Poland

Please note that the second day of the Forum is open only to Chief Executives and senior representatives of Caring for Climate signatory companies.

13:00-13:15 Welcome and Opening Addresses

- Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP

13:15-13:25 Business Forum Highlights – Remarks by Caring for Climate Steering Committee Members

Caring for Climate Steering Committee members will deliver short remarks on progress and partnerships on climate change efforts – with focus on highlighting key Business Forum outcomes covering mitigation, adaptation, finance and technology – and will discuss ways to scale-up these efforts at the global and local levels.

- Mr. Wagner de Siqueira Pinto, Executive Manager, Banco do Brasil
- Mr. Kersten-Karl Barth, Head, Corporate Sustainability, Siemens

13:25-14:05 Interactive Discussion

Accelerating Innovation, Ambition, and Collaboration: What are the opportunities and challenges to co-delivering a low-carbon, high-resilient future?

Brief remarks by government representatives on policy priorities and action imperatives followed by a facilitated interactive discussion on ways to scale-up corporate climate action – globally and locally – in ways that support the UNFCCC agenda covering mitigation, adaptation, finance and technology.

- Ms. Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action, European Commission
- Mr. Zhenmin Liu, Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China*

Lead Discussants

- Mr. George Hamilton, Vice President, Dow Olympic Operations, The Dow Chemical Company
- Mr. Nick Robins, Head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence, HSBC

14:05-14:15 The Collective Way Forward

- Ms. Gitte Krasilnikoff, Partner, Green Economy, Deloitte
- Mr. Huang Wensheng, Director General, Secretariat of the Board of the Directors, Sinopec and Secretary-General, Global Compact Local Network China
- Mr. Yilmaz Argüden, Chairman, Global Compact Network Turkiye; Chairman, ARGE Consulting; and Chairman, ARGE Consulting

14:20-14:45 Perspectives from the Climate Process

- H.E. Marcin Korolec, COP19/CMP9 President
- H.E. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru
- Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

14:20-14:45 Concluding Remarks

- H.E. Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania
- H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

* Invited