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Wednesday September 13 Opening Ceremony


NEW YORK: As the first major gathering of international climate leaders since the US announced its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, Climate Week NYC could not come at a more critical time in the global effort to tackle climate change.

Hosted by The Climate Group at The Morgan Library, the Climate Week NYC 2017 Opening Ceremony will bring together high-profile governors, Fortune 500 companies and multinational businesses as they step up their climate ambition and leadership. The high-profile event will demonstrate how a combination of state, city and business commitment will continue to deliver the Paris Agreement. 

Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group, organizers of Climate Week NYC, said: “Through our Opening Ceremony and other events, we want to highlight how accelerated climate leadership can drive innovation, jobs & prosperity – our central theme for the week.

We are seeing businesses, states, and cities leading the way on ambitious climate action at scale. Those actors are showing their full commitment to delivering on the Paris Agreement and are making us optimistic about the future.”

Opening Ceremony highlights include:

- A major announcement on the combined climate leadership in the US from states, cities and businesses, in relation to US national commitments, and their contribution in delivering the Paris Agreement

- The unveiling of results from a major global public survey on attitudes towards climate change

- Premier Philippe Couillard (Quebec), Governor Edmund G Brown Jr (California) Governor Jay Inslee (Washington) and Stephen Badger (Chairman of the Board, Mars, Incorporated) discussing how states, cities and businesses are building an unstoppable force for climate action and implementing the Paris Agreement

- Two keynote addresses including one with Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman of Bank of America who will be in conversation with Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL); and a second with Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General

- Dr Roland Busch, Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Managing Board of Siemens, will speak alongside major businesses such as Mars, Pepsi, the International Copper Association, and Walmart on how climate action is reflecting the scale of innovation by business

- New signatories will be announced to the Under2 Coalition, the global coalition bringing together more than 177 sub-national jurisdictions that have committed to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 85-95% on 1990 levels

- A panel discussion bringing together Claire Perry, Minister for Climate Change and Industry, UK Government, Enrico Viale, Head of Global Generation at Enel Group, Rusty Kruzelock, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer at West Virginia Retail Park and others from communities most affected by the decline of polluting industries to focus on how more can be done to ensure action on climate change creates jobs and prosperity for all

- A closing conversation between Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group and Co-Founder, The B Team and Andy Karsner, Managing Partner, Emerson Collective and Senior Strategist & Space Cowboy, X will explore how innovation, tech, entrepreneurship and developments in the clean energy and renewables investment space will unlock new opportunities to combat climate change and create a more equitable society

Philippe Couillard, Premier, Quebec, said: “Québec strongly believes that multiple commitments across states, regions, cities and businesses are essential to the implementation of the Paris Agreement. During Climate Week NYC, we want to highlight that specific contribution and encourage stronger mobilization from these actors in the fight against climate change"

Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman, Bank of America, said: “Addressing climate change is not only a necessity, but also an opportunity to provide positive economic outcomes for a low-carbon and sustainable economy. We’re addressing the challenge head on through innovative capital deployment, a US$125 billion environmental business commitment, providing US$15.9 billion in 2016 alone.”

Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, said: “I welcome the fact that Climate Week NYC will this year highlight the growing momentum from sub-national governments, cities and businesses to tackle climate change. More and more, key non-state actors are showing real leadership, ambition and innovation in implementing the Paris Agreement.  As we move toward the Secretary-General’s 2019 Summit to scale up climate action, it is imperative that we work with all stakeholders.  Climate Week, held during the high level meetings of the United Nations General Assembly, plays a vital role in intensifying ambition to build a safe and prosperous future for all people.”


Tuesday September 19

VELOCITY - Accelerating Climate Action

Time: 2.30pm – 3pm

Location: Spring Studios

On September 19, during Climate Week NYC, The Climate Group, Formula E, VICE Impact and Spring Studios are partnering to demonstrate the need for faster action, greater impact, and convergence across all sectors in the fight against climate change.

Velocity is bringing together leading organizations with complementary ambitions to share their commitments to climate action and plans to shape the future of mobility, energy, cities and work. Highlights from the event include:

  • The Climate Group announcing the launch of EV100, a new initiative that aims to drive forward the mass uptake of electric vehicles through collective global business buying power. With significant global brands joining from the start, and seven leading multinationals due to announce their commitment to transitioning their fleets to EVs,  EV100 is set to be the leading global corporate demand program for electric vehicles
  • The US Climate Impact Debate: US State, city and business leaders will make up a high-level panel on the state of climate leadership. They will discuss the key developments and movements that can enable businesses and States to deliver on the Paris Accord in the absence of the US Government’s support
  • Further commitments to The Climate Group’s RE100 & EP100 campaigns on global renewables and energy productivity will be announced. Business, governments and society will discuss how this action can be grown in scale and pace
  • Speakers will include David J. Tulauskas, Director of Sustainability, General Motors Company; Vanessa Rothschild, Sustainability Business Controller, H & M; Diane Holdorf , Kellogg Company’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Mike Power, Chief Operating Officer for Technology and Operations, DBS Bank and co-chair of the bank’s Sustainability Council and Tony Milikin, Chief Sustainability and Procurement Officer, AB InBevs

**A full agenda for this session is available on request.**

To view the full program of Climate Week Affiliate Events, please visit: http://www.climateweeknyc.org/events-program


Monday September 18

Building Ambition to 2050: Taking Action Toward 100% Net Zero Carbon Buildings

Time: 2.30pm – 5.15pm

Location: The Morgan Library & Museum

The Climate Group will host a dedicated event on climate and the built environment in partnership with the World Green Building Council and the We Mean Business coalition. A cross-section of international experts and decision-makers will share the actions they are taking to achieve a goal of 100% net zero buildings by 2050.

Of particular focus for the event will be a call to action on how business, government and the NGO sectors can leverage each other’s actions to support urgently needed climate leadership.

Key speakers will include: Jens Birgersson, CEO, RockwoolJenny Bofinger-Schuster, Director of Sustainability, SiemensDiane Hoskins, Co-CEO GenslerSandy Pitcher, Chief Executive of the Department of Environment, Government of South Australia, Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting and others.

**A full agenda for this session is available on request**



Media contacts

Nazneen Nawaz | Head of Media and Corporate Communications | The Climate Group t: +44 (0)207 960 2716 | e: media@theclimategroup.org.uk

Gideon Hymas | Account Manager | Maitland Green | t: +44 (0)7584 643 000 | e: media@theclimategroup.org.uk

About Climate Week NYC

Climate Week NYC is one of the key summits in the international calendar and has been driving climate action forward since it was first launched in 2009 by The Climate Group. Taking place between September 18-24 in New York City alongside the UN General Assembly, Climate Week NYC 2017 will bring together international leaders from business, government and civil society to showcase the unstoppable momentum of global climate action.

Climate Week NYC is brought to you by The Climate Group.  ClimateweekNYC.org | @ClimateWeekNYC | #CWNYC

About The Climate Group

The Climate Group works internationally with leading businesses, states and regions to deliver a world of net zero greenhouse gas emissions and greater prosperity for all.

We are at the forefront of ambitious climate action. Our focus is on collaborative programs with corporate and government partners that deliver impact on a global scale.  The Climate Group stimulates action by businesses, states and regions, bringing them together to develop and implement the policies that make change happen. We also communicate their achievements to secure global public acceptance of, and even greater ambition for, a prosperous, net-zero future for all. The Climate Group is an international non-profit with offices in Beijing, London, New Delhi and New York. www.theclimategroup.org / @ClimateGroup

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