Paris, 5 December 2015 – 14.00-14.50
Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
Dear Climate-L readers,
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion on Seizing the Opportunity – Private Sector Climate Action in Urban Areas.
Urban areas are where more than half the world lives, and where all future population growth will occur. Cities are a key contributor to climate change, as urban activities are major sources of greenhouse gas emissions. By many estimates, they are already responsible for more than 70 percent of global energy-related GHG emissions, with transport and buildings being among the largest contributors. At the same time, cities and towns are heavily vulnerable to climate change impacts, including extreme weather events, drought and flooding. Climate change may also costly impact basic services, infrastructure, housing, human livelihoods and health, and worsen access to basic urban services and quality of life in cities.
While these impacts impose risks and drastic cuts in GHG emissions a challenge, they both also present new business opportunities. Experience shows that changing conditions can create demand for new products and services – or entirely new markets. This session will explore some of the most exciting developments in infrastructure; transportation & mobility; energy, water & waste management, buildings; information and communication technologies (ICT) but also financing models. Creating sustainable cities therefore requires the engagement of multiple stakeholders. Company and city representative will discuss significant options for collaboration to enable a low carbon and climate-resilient urban development as well as a high quality of life.
The event will be chaired by Michael KLOTH, Head of Communication, OECD International Transport Forum (ITF), who will host a panel including the following speakers:
- Ani DASGUPTA, Global Director, Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, World Resources Institute (WRI)
- Guy MAUGIS, CEO Bosch France
· Lauren SORKIN, Director 100 Resilient Cities Platfom, The Rockefeller Foundation