What isClimate Week NycSEPTEMBER 24-30, 2018
Taking place between September 24-30, 2018, in New York City, Climate Week NYC is one of the key summits in the international calendar and has been driving climate action forward since it was launched by The Climate Group in 2009.
Businesses, governments, academic institutions, arts and music organizations, and NGOs are all invited to participate in the iconic week, through the Climate Week NYC Affiliate Events program. From panel discussions, to concerts, exhibitions and seminars, organizations and individuals can play a pivotal role in advancing the debate, driving awareness, and keeping climate action at the top of the global agenda. Climate Week NYC 2017 was host to more than 100 affiliate events.
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Amy Davidsen, US Executive Director, The Climate Group, reflects on the past decade of Climate Week NYC events ahead of its 10th year Anniversary – and explains why 2018 is more important than ever for leaders to come together and accelerate climate action.
This September 24-30, 2018, will mark the 10th Anniversary of Climate Week NYC. Since its launch by The Climate Group in 2009, Climate Week NYC has kept the spotlight on climate action as world leaders gather for the UN General Assembly. Over the last decade, Climate Week NYC has become a crucial moment in the annual international climate calendar, growing significantly in profile and influence. Each year we gather a diverse community of business, government, finance, civil society and thought leaders from around the world to showcase real climate action and solutions – and to provide the political support for national governments to take more ambitious action.
Over the years, I have witnessed Climate Week NYC grow from a time when many businesses and state and local governments had not fully grasped the risks and opportunities of climate change. Today, with the steady rise in warming temperatures, extreme weather events, and solutions that are both affordable and accessible, world-leading companies are actively leading and finding ways to future proof their businesses, reduce their energy use and source cleaner solutions to power their operations – and states and cities are doing the same.
New innovators have also proliferated, disrupting the status quo and upending business as usual in ways we could not fully appreciate just a few years ago. Yet despite this progress, and even after the huge success of the Paris Agreement, politics threaten to knock us off course. There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done to bend the emissions curve to well below 2 degree Celsius – and the 10th Anniversary of Climate Week NYC this year will provide another key moment to accelerate the pace toward an under 2°C world.
While we know we have more work to do, we also need to take the time to recognize some of the most impactful moments of this annual Summit. While there are too many Climate Week NYC highlights to capture all, here are just a few that come to mind now – and we hope you will share your favorite moments with us too (more on that below).
A few years after our inaugural event, we anchored Climate Week NYC 2012 around the theme ‘An American Clean Revolution’ which was launched with an accompanying report. Much of it still rings true today: that America should lead on the clean energy revolution for reasons of competitiveness, growth, security, and to future proof our infrastructure. At the Opening Ceremony in 2012, inspiring voices from a broad cross section of society including the military, agriculture, faith and innovators such as Evan Williams the co-founder of Twitter, all came together to make the positive economic case for climate action. Little did we know that just a few weeks later, we’d be harshly reminded of the cost of climate inaction with the devastation of the East Coast of the US by Hurricane Sandy. This catastrophic context was a clarion call for change-makers, especially state governors, to act with greater urgency than ever before.
Another memorable moment was the 5th anniversary of Climate Week NYC in 2013, which we kicked off with a closing bell ceremony at NASDAQ with our founding partner, Swiss RE and their US CEO, Eric Smith, as well as Brigadier General Stephen Cheney of the American Security Project. While it was of course exciting to see our logo in lights over Times Square, what felt even more energizing was a tangible feeling of possibility. Tesla had gone public just three years earlier, and the clean energy transition was truly underway, with a rush of new innovators looking to solve the world’s most urgent problem with business and technology solutions.
Momentum continued to build with Climate Week NYC 2014. It is hard to forget this amazing year when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted the UN Climate Summit and joined us on stage at the Opening Ceremony with John Kerry, US Secretary of State, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC and many other leaders. We also collaboratively launched We Mean Business, a coalition of NGOs working with thousands of leading companies and investors to amplify a unified business voice for climate action. As part of this, we launched the RE100 campaign, which raised the bar on corporate ambition, as joining companies commit to 100% renewable electricity across their global operations before 2050. Now with over 125 global companies having made the commitment, the campaign has vastly increased demand for renewable energy sources, propelling the renewable energy market further and faster.
That year, Climate Week NYC was also an official partner to the United Nations Climate Summit, with a record 150 affiliate events in support of the Summit. It was a momentous year with over 400,000 concerned citizens from all walks of life taking to the streets of Manhattan in the People’s Climate March. Together, the Climate Week NYC community propelled climate change back to the top of the global agenda, convincing world leaders to make bold commitments 12 months before the all-important climate talks in Paris.
This momentum continued to Climate Week NYC 2015, when businesses and sub-national governments made a last rallying cry before the COP 21 climate talks in Paris. Excitement was buoyed further by the Pope’s climate-focused encyclical, Laudato Si, and his visit to New York City during Climate Week NYC. While his visit made navigating the streets of NYC doubly challenging to get from one affiliate event to another – visitors and cynical New Yorkers alike joyously jammed onto the sidewalks of 5th Avenue just for a glimpse of this new climate hero.
A final reminiscence from me comes from Climate Week NYC 2016. The Paris Agreement had been secured and ratified, and at the time we could firmly move on to implementation! It really was a year of celebration. As well as hearing from influential governments from around the world including Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta, and Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec, another highlight was partnering with National Geographic on the “”yellow carpet” premiere and reception of Season 2 of Years of Living Dangerously at the American Museum of Natural History. The Hollywood stars and film talent came out in force including Gisele Bündchen, America Ferrera, Cecily Strong, Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed, Aasif Mandvi, Joshua Jackson, and Bradley Whitford, who delivered eye-opening accounts of the impacts and solutions of climate change worldwide. Later they joined business leaders, government partners and NGOs under the iconic Blue Whale for the afterparty.
Also of note was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s on stage comments before the screening: “Let's communicate to people that we all have to work together -– Democrats, Republicans, Independents, “Decline to State” -– everybody should work together […] It's not conservative versus Democrat. There is no conservative air. There is no liberal air. We all breathe the same air." His words remind us that continued collaboration around the globe is our best chance for achieving the Paris goal.
Now that we are halfway between the historic Paris Agreement on climate being signed in 2015 and countries reviewing their targets under the commitment in 2020, Climate Week NYC 2018 comes once again at a critical point in the global response to climate change. Never has there been a more opportune time for businesses, governments and others around the world to step up, accelerate their commitments and demonstrate their scale and impact.
The Climate Group remains as committed as ever to creating a space to showcasing and accelerating positive climate action and solutions, while supporting our network of business and government leaders in continuing collective action. We’re not stopping now. Only with the type of leadership that we have seen over the last decade of Climate Week NYC events, can we secure the future we all want – a clean, safe, healthy, prosperous planet for everyone.
Whether you will be on stage or in the audience at one of the 150 events that take place across NYC each year, or indeed following live from around the world on social media, please join us at Climate Week NYC 2018 to celebrate the past 10 years –- and help drive the next decade of real climate action.
Climate Week NYC 2018 is set to be bigger than ever before. To sponsor, partner, host an event, or find out how you can get involved, please contact us.
We also want to hear from YOU! This year we are celebrating 10 years of Climate Week NYC and we want to hear your personal stories! For a chance to be profiled to the international community, send us YOUR favorite memories and photos, to help us celebrate this internationally renowned event.
We look forward to you joining us at Climate Week NYC 2018!
The Climate Group is proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of Climate Week NYC. Taking place at a critical point in the global response to climate change, join us on September 24-30, 2018 in New York City, to accelerate real action.
At the annual global summit, which was founded in 2009 by The Climate Group, witness how businesses and governments around the world are making efforts to deliver – at a greater scale than ever before – the Paris Agreement on climate.
Hear from key US and international actors, who will be in NYC making their request to the UN and nation states to step-up their commitments. Be part of climate history.
To sponsor, partner, host an event or find out more about how you can get involved, contact us.
Climate Week NYC 2017 saw unprecedented international media coverage, high-level speakers and attendees from around the world, and 140 affiliate events across the city - our highest number yet. See highlights from 2017 and download a summary of our Opening Ceremony.
We look forward to celebrating the tenth annual Climate Week NYC with you in 2018.
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LONDON: A rapidly growing group of ambitious multinational businesses are actively reshaping the energy market through their global investment decisions and accelerating a zero emissions economy, a new report release today (Tuesday January 23) shows.
‘Approaching the tipping point: how corporate users are redefining global electricity markets’, a new report from RE100 – a global corporate leadership initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP – tracks progress made in 2016-17 by companies committed to 100% renewable power.
The report also provides insight into emerging trends in corporate sourcing of renewables around the world, with 122 RE100 members operating in 122 countries averaging 1.3 times more renewables in their electricity mix than the global rate of renewable electricity use.
Thanks to falling costs of renewable energy technology, there is a notable shift away from renewable energy attribute certificates towards direct contracts with suppliers, as well as onsite generation and offsite grid-connected generators (power purchase agreements, or PPAs) – meaning that increasingly, members are directly growing renewable energy capacity.
SPECIFIC FINDINGS IN THE REPORT INCLUDE:
- 25 members had reached 100% renewable electricity by the end of 2016, with Autodesk, Elopak, Interface, Marks and Spencer and Sky reaching this goal during 2016, while Equinix and Kingspan surpassed their interim targets during the same year;
- The biggest achievers in 2016 included Bank of America, Astra Zeneca and Coca Cola Enterprises Inc., whose share of renewable electricity increased more than threefold;
- The proportion of renewable electricity being sourced via power purchase agreements grew fourfold in 2016, while the quantity of electricity sourced from onsite generation increased x15 (via supplier-owned projects) and x9 (via member-owned projects);
- 88% of respondents cited the compelling economic case for renewable electricity as a major driver – with 30 out of 74 reporting that renewable electricity was either cost competitive or delivered significant savings on energy bills;
- Policy barriers represent the most common challenge for RE100 companies, alongside a lack of availability of suitable contracts or certificates in some markets.
The report comes as government and business leaders gather at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss pathways to a sustainable economy, and a few days after Nike signed its second major wind contract, in Texas, US, that will take the company more than half way to reaching 100% renewable electricity globally as part of RE100.
Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Group, said: “I’d like to congratulate every RE100 member accelerating the roll-out of renewable energy through their investment decisions. Their leadership is vital for overcoming policy challenges, shifting global markets, and inspiring many more companies to reap the economic benefits of renewable electricity. Rapidly growing demand from world-leading RE100 companies – and increasingly their suppliers and peers – means governments can confidently look to ratchet up targets in 2020 for slashing greenhouse emissions, to deliver on the Paris Agreement.”
Paul Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, CDP, said: “CDP data shows a jump in renewable energy procurement and that motivations are not only environmental but economic. With nearly 90% of companies driven by the economic case for renewables, this demonstrates a fast approaching tipping point in the transition to a zero-carbon economy. These companies prove that energy is becoming a board level issue across the globe and sustainability is essential for future business security. Now, it’s time to tip the balance and make 100% renewable the new normal.”
The report also shows key findings by region:
- In Europe, renewable energy has been the main source of electricity for RE100 members for the second year running. However, the lucrative PPA market is largely untapped; EU policy makers have an opportunity unlock its full potential through the next phase of the Renewable Energy Directive;
- In the US, we have seen a major increase in the use of PPAs by RE100 members, with continued momentum on renewable electricity sourcing by major businesses, despite political uncertainty;
- In India, the amount of renewable electricity consumed by our members has more than tripled, thanks to falling costs. The diversity of ways in which companies are sourcing renewables has also increased.
The leading global food company Danone is targeting 100% renewable electricity by 2030 (50% by 2020). In September last year the company revealed its new evian bottling site in France, the largest food production site to achieve carbon neutrality and completely powered by renewable electricity.
Katharina Stenholm, Senior Vice President and Chief Cycles and Procurement Officer, Danone, said: "The transition to renewable electricity is a key lever to help Danone strengthen efficiency and achieve our commitment to being carbon neutral by 2050. Our first milestone will be to reach 50% of renewable electricity by 2020. We are therefore delighted to join the RE100 initiative. We look forward to working with other companies to show that green energy is good for the environment and good for business."
British consumer goods group Reckitt Benckiser Group plc – which owns ‘Powerbrands’ such as Durex, Air Wick and Dettol – has also committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity by 2030.
Hatsun Agro Products Ltd, India’s largest private dairy, has committed to a 2032 target. Already sourcing over 80% of its global electricity consumption from renewable sources, the company aims to reach 100% by investing in solar and wind energy and converting diesel generators into lithium storage batteries for maximising its use of renewable power.
RG Chandramogan, Chairman and Managing Director, Hatsun Agro Products Ltd, said: “Our mission to leave the world in a better place for future generations is at the heart of our business strategy. That’s why we’ve joined the global RE100 campaign alongside other forward-thinking companies, in our commitment to source 100% renewable electricity – by 2032. Thanks to our investments in wind and solar power, we’re already more than 80% renewable. We hope that many other businesses follow suit.”
RE100 now brings together 122 global companies, with a collective revenue of over US$2.75 trillion and operations spanning six continents. Together they represent over 159TWh of demand for renewable electricity – more than enough to power Malaysia, New York State or Poland, and equivalent to the 24th largest electricity demand of all countries.
Nazneen Nawaz, Head of Media and Corporate Communications, The Climate Group – NNawaz@theclimategroup.org Tel: +44 (0) 7946 342 869
Marie Reynolds, Communications Manager - Business Initiatives, The Climate Group – MReynolds@theclimategroup.org Tel: +44 (0) 207 960 2991
Gideon Hymas, Consultant, Maitland Green Communications – firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 (0)7584 643 000
The Climate Group is an international non-profit organization, founded in 2004, with offices in London, Beijing New Delhi and New York. Our mission is to accelerate climate action. Our goal is a world of under 2C of global warming and greater prosperity for all, without delay. We do this by bringing together powerful networks of business and governments that shift global markets and policies. We act as a catalyst to take innovation and solutions to scale, using the power of communications to build ambition and pace. We focus on the greatest global opportunities for change. Our business campaigns RE100 (renewable electricity), EP100 (energy productivity) and EV100 (electric vehicles), brought to you as part of the We Mean Business coalition, help companies to reduce emissions, enhance resilience, and boost the bottom line. They champion leadership, encourage the sharing of best practice, and tackle barriers to action. Visit TheClimateGroup.org and follow us on Twitter @ClimateGroup and Facebook @TheClimateGroup.
Led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, RE100 is a collaborative initiative uniting the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100% renewable power. Renewables are a smart business decision, providing greater control over energy costs and driving innovation, while helping companies to deliver on emission reduction goals. RE100 members, including Global Fortune 500 companies, have a total revenue of over US$2.75 trillion and operate in a diverse range of sectors – from Information Technology to automobile manufacturing. Together, they send a powerful signal to policymakers and investors to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. Visit RE100.org and follow us on Twitter @theRE100 #RE100.
CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of US$100 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Over 6,300 companies with some 55% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2017. This is in addition to the over 500 cities and 100 states and regions who disclosed, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition. Please visit www.cdp.net or follow us @CDP to find out more.