US mayors rank energy efficient LED lighting as the most promising technology for city managers to reduce their energy use and carbon emissions over the coming two years, according to a survey held at the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington DC earlier this year.
A new digital brochure from The Climate Group shows the crucial role state and regional governments played in shaping the historic Paris Agreement that was announced last December, and the ten-year pathway that has put them at the forefront of global climate action.
California, a member of The Climate Group States & Regions Alliance, is the first state in the US to approve LED lighting efficiency guidelines which are expected to help save consumers over US$4 billion.
Keeping the world below the 2 degrees Celsius pathway presents a US$12.1 trillion investment opportunity over the next 25 years, a new analysis states.
Global clean investment attracted a record US$329 billion last year – about six times the amount invested in 2004 – a new report released today by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows.
The most influential businesses and sub-national governments from the US, Europe, China and beyond came to Paris looking for a catalytic climate deal – and today’s agreement does not disappoint. The Climate Group is delighted to be in Paris at this pivotal moment in history to witness the adoption of the ‘Paris Agreement’ at COP21 today.
Key global figures who will shape the outcome of December’s United Nations climate conference in Paris later this year came together for the first time at a major event at The French Institute in New York today organised by The Climate Group for the finale of Climate Week NYC 2015.
Today international, sub-national and business leaders who have the power to steer a global climate deal in Paris later this year, shared their collective confidence in a successful outcome – and their tenacity to ensure it happens.
Today, CDP and The Climate Group released a report showing that over 170 major companies, states, regions and cities around the world have committed to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80-100%, or procuring 100% of their power from renewable sources.
Today The Climate Group hosts the Signature Event of Climate Week NYC 2015. Watch live as influential global leaders – and new voices – from business, government, finance and civil society share their powerful vision of a low carbon future. Tweet quotes with #CWNYC and see the full agenda below.
SECURING A PARIS DIVIDEND: Leadership and innovation for a strong, sustainable economy
Monday, September 28, 2015, New York City: Florence Gould Hall – French Institute Alliance Francaise 55 East 59th Street, New York, New York
Some of the key global figures who will determine the outcome of December’s international climate negotiations are coming together for the first time at a major event organized by The Climate Group as part of Climate Week NYC 2015.
Marking an historic day for humanitarian and climate action, today world leaders of the 193 United Nations members formally adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals – during a week of positive announcements from business, sub-national government and civil society at Climate Week NYC, which is organized by The Climate Group.
Today China and the US accelerated their ongoing bilateral efforts to tackle climate change and invest in clean energy with a raft of new joint-agreements, including the official announcement that China will launch the world's biggest carbon market in 2017.
Following recent announcements by international faith groups including Muslim and Catholic leaders on climate, Deborah Fikes, the World Evangelical Alliance’s (WEA) spokesperson to the UN, comments on Pope Francis’ landmark visit to the US this week, where he is addressing policymakers about climate action. The WEA represents over 650 million members of Evangelical churches across 129 countries. Deborah Fikes is also a member of the International Leadership Council of The Climate Group, the organizers of Climate Week NYC.
In an interview for Climate TV, The Climate Group’s India Director Krishnan Pallassana talks about our project Bijli – Clean Energy for All, which has brought clean and affordable solar energy to over 60,000 people in 4 states in India.
Pope Francis addressed the largest gathering of world leaders to ever converge in the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan today, where he put climate action at the heart of his call for social justice, sustainable development and global peace.
More and more companies are setting ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets that align with what the latest climate science says is necessary to limit warming to below 2°C and avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change. Over 60 leading companies from a range of sectors and geographies have so far committed to setting science-based targets.
Over the past two years, 60,000 rural villagers in four states in India have been connected to affordable, solar powered energy by international non-profit The Climate Group as part of an innovative program it says could be extended to hundreds of millions of people in the developing world.
New York City: Today, The Climate Group, which is hosting its annual Climate Week NYC, called on every single city and utility around the world to schedule the switch of their street lighting to LED by 2025 and launched its new major global campaign LED = Lower Emissions Delivered, to encourage local governments, cities and utilities to embrace the carbon and cost benefits of switching to LED.
Today at Climate Week NYC, The Climate Group held LED streetlighting day, marked with the launch of a new series of reports and a bold call to action for every city to adopt LEDs because the technology is "the lowest of the low hanging fruit" for local governments' low carbon transition, according to CEO Mark Kenber.
Today at Climate Week NYC, The Climate Group hosted a live Twitter Q&A with Thomas Lingard, Climate Advocacy & Sustainability Strategy Director, Unilever and Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A), Marks & Spencer to discuss how they’re switching to 100% renewable power as part of RE100.
As part of Climate Week NYC, two partners from RE100 - an ambitious global campaign led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, to engage, support and showcase influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity - Mike Barry Director of Sustainable Business Marks and Spencer and Jeff Seabright Chief Sustainability Officer Unilever who are also Co-chairs Consumer Goods Forum Sustainability Steering Group, write about their low carbon journeys in a three-part blog series.
Leaders of The B Team, running some of the world’s largest companies, called on governments and businesses alike to aim for net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 or before, building upon their February 2015 call to world leaders.
Mayors and governors from across the United States and around the world will commit to putting their cities and states on a path towards sustainable development, as elected leaders increasingly recognize that climate change, rising inequalities and unsustainable economic growth are immediate threats to their constituencies and economies.
Global Urban Leaders Step Up to Combat Climate Change, Accelerate Momentum Towards Sustainable Development
Several dozen companies that endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests at 2014’s United Nations Climate Summit are taking concrete steps to eliminate commodity-driven deforestation from their supply chains, according to a new report from Supply Change – a project convened by Washington D.C.-based non-profit Forest Trends.
There are strong business advantages to becoming 100% powered by renewable energy say senior leaders from IKEA, Infosys and Marks & Spencer, in three exclusive video interviews for Climate TV, The Climate Group’s new digital channel.
Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, NIKE, Inc., Procter & Gamble, Salesforce, Starbucks, Steelcase, Voya Financial, and Walmart have today joined RE100, pledging to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy to reduce CO2 emissions and seize the business benefits.
Today at Climate Week NYC, Johnson & Johnson joined RE100 – an ambitious global campaign led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, to engage, support and showcase influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity – along with leading US-companies Goldman Sachs, NIKE, Procter & Gamble, Salesforce, Starbucks, Steelcase, Voya Financial and Walmart.
As part of Climate Week NYC, two partners from RE100 - an ambitious global campaign led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, to engage, support and showcase influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity - Mike Barry Director of Sustainable Business Marks and Spencer and Jeff Seabright Chief Sustainability Officer Unilever who are also Co-chairs Consumer Goods Forum Sustainability Steering Group, write about their low carbon journeys.
Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, NIKE, Inc., Procter & Gamble, Salesforce, Starbucks, Steelcase, Voya Financial, and Walmart have today (Wednesday September 23, 2015) joined RE100, pledging to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy to reduce CO2 emissions and seize the business benefits.
As President Xi Jinping lands in the US for his first State visit today, Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group, reflects on progress that has been made between the two countries and how far this closely-watched bilateral partnership will push success at Paris and in the crucial years that follow.
Life sciences and materials sciences company Royal DSM is the latest European business to join RE100 and make a public commitment to sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources of energy.
The global movement to divest assets from fossil fuels has reached US$2.6 trillion according to finance, faith and environmental leaders gathered at an event during Climate Week NYC today.
“Scotland knows that moving to a low carbon future is not only a moral imperative, it is also a massive economic opportunity – and we are determined to lead by example,” says Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, in an exclusive video released at Climate Week NYC on The Climate Group’s new digital channel Climate TV. “In Scotland it’s one of the fastest growing parts of our economy, already employing 50,000 people.
During Climate Week NYC, join us for a live Twitter Q&A with sustainability chiefs from two of the world’s biggest consumer companies, Marks & Spencer and Unilever.
Thomas Lingard, Climate Advocacy & Sustainability Strategy Director, Unilever and Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A), Marks & Spencer will be live on Twitter to discuss how they’re switching to 100% renewable power as part of the RE100 campaign.
Climate Week NYC 2015 opened yesterday by UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, Janos Pasztor. Michael Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change confirmed to join Felipe Calderón, Governor Shumlin and many others as keynote speaker at The Climate Group’s 'Signature Event' on Monday 28th September.
The leaders of sub-national governments spanning North and South America, Europe and Australia have today announced collective climate targets that would save 7.9 GtCO2e by 2030 - greater than the U.S.’s carbon emissions in 2012
Climate Week NYC 2015, convened by The Climate Group, kicks off today with a live streamed opening press conference at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, with UN and NYC City representatives. Join us on the live stream at 10am EDT / 3pm BST
Today is the final day of The Climate Group's digital countdown to Climate Week NYC, with the annual summit beginning tomorrow and running until September 28. Ahead of the opening day, Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group writes about the importance of the week as it sits 10 weeks before the global COP21 climate talks.
Top business, energy and engineering experts shared their insights on opportunities for China’s corporate sector to transition to renewable energy, at the China RE100 Enterprise Capacity Building Workshop this week.
Tomorrow Climate Week NYC, which was launched in 2009 by The Climate Group, begins. Host to more than 100 affiliate events across the city from September 21-28, Climate Week NYC 2015 is the collaborative space for climate events in support of the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Here, Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group, writes about the importance of integrating sustainable development and economic growth in China and the rest of the world.
From September 1, each day The Climate Group has released exclusive conversations with key figures from the worlds of business and politics and beyond – through video, social media and blogs – as well as expert briefings, as part of our digital countdown to Climate Week NYC 2015.But with just one day to go until the start of the week, we look back some of the month's highlights – and what is still to come.
Reducing black carbon - the second biggest pollutant contributing to climate change after carbon dioxide - brings ample economic, health and climate opportunities if businesses and governments work together, according to leadership organizations BSR and The Climate Group in a new joint briefing.
A new briefing by Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, sets out a vision of what the world’s energy systems could look like in 2025. He draws from foresights gathered during a series of global workshops with influential leaders on emerging energy trends, which were a result of The Climate Group being invited to become global host of The Future of Energy work stream by the Future Agenda.
As part of our Climate Week NYC countdown, Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group, speaks on the importance of Goal 13 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at combating climate change, explaining the historic economic opportunity that bold climate action presents. Article originally posted on The Huffington Post.
Cities are on the frontline of climate change because they are the first layer of government able to protect their citizens and businesses, but they’re also seeing that “acting on climate change can have a big economic opportunity for them,” says Kyra Appleby, Head of CDP’s cities program, commenting on the organization’s latest research.
“We’re in the middle of a clean energy revolution. Solar, wind, LED lights: all these things are not only good for the planet, they are good economics,” says Steve Westly, Managing Partner at Westly Group andformer California State Controller, in our latest exclusive Climate TV interview released ahead of Climate Week NYC.
On Thursday September 17 at 3pm London time/10am NY time join us on Twitter using @ClimateGroup and #CWNYC for a live Q&A with Carl Sargeant, Minister for Natural Resources,Welsh Government to talk about the power of sub-national governments in the global fight against climate change.
Switzerland-based UBS is the latest big name to join RE100, an ambitious global initiative to engage, support and showcase influential companies committed to 100% renewable power which is convened by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP.
Acting to tackle climate change is “the prudent conservative thing to do; we should be driven not by left-wing rhetoric or by hyperbole but by a sensible, cautious, prudent response to what the science is telling us,” says the Rt Hon Lord Greg Barker, former UK Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, in our latest exclusive Climate TVinterview released ahead of Climate Week NYC.
With just seven days to go until the start of Climate Week NYC, The Climate Group publish an exclusive blog fromAndrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute, about the links between the UN Sustainable Development Goals, clean energy and climate action ahead of Paris.
Today business, industry and commerce accounts for half of the world’s electricity consumption. While many companies are already reducing their carbon emissions and energy bills, The Climate Group’s RE100 global campaign goes a step further and is helping the world’s most influential businesses go 100% renewable.
In an exclusive Climate TV interview ahead of Climate Week NYC, Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, explains why his new, clean tech-powered race Formula E, has become so successful and what its case says about the future of business. "Formula E is much more than a race", he remarks. “We want to change things in our field. We want to change the way people move around in their cars.
As part of our Climate Week NYC countdown, we are sharing regular interviews and blogs from low carbon leaders from around the world. Here Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO Solar Light, India, talks about connecting rural off-grid communities in India to clean energy. Article originally posted on The Huffington Post.
How will climate change affect food production and security? And is farming part of the solution? In an exclusive interview for The Climate Group's new digital channel Climate TV, Roger Johnson,President of the National Farmers Union in the United States says he sees an uncertain future “punctuated with a lot of extreme events” such as flooding which will trigger food price spikes and social unrest, and presses world leaders to find solutions today.
As part of The Climate Group’s countdown to Climate Week NYC, we are releasing exclusive interviews with low carbon business and government leaders from around the world. Today we speak to Clesio Antonio Balbo, President of Balbo Group, Brazil’s largest organic sugar producer, to find out more about the challenges and opportunities of doing sustainable business in Latin America’s biggest – and currently most fragile – economy.
We already have the technology today to reduce carbon emissions from the aviation and shipping industries, but without a dramatic acceleration of this technology the two sectors will account for athird of all CO2 emissions by 2050.
This week marked the launch of The Climate Group’s “Climate TV”, a digital channel that features exclusive interviews with business leaders committed to tackling climate change, and experts’ views on the most critical topics around the low carbon economy.
With just a few months to go before governments are meant to agree a new global climate deal in Paris, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has re-emphasized the importance and need for “bold and meaningful” climate action.
As part of The Climate Group’s countdown to Climate Week NYC, we discuss the critical role of sub-national action ahead of the global climate talks with Franz Untersteller, Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector for Germany’s third largest state, the Government of Baden-Württemberg. The Minister affirms that the state is set to “master this Herculean task” of transitioning to a low carbon future built on renewable energy because there are "huge economic benefits" in doing so.
Over 65 official affiliate events are confirmed to take place during Climate Week NYC, which runs from September 21-28 alongside the Sustainable Development Goals Summit, and nearly 10 weeks ahead of December’s pivotal global COP21 talks in Paris. See a full calendar of events here.
Low carbon urban development represents a US$16.6 trillion opportunity by 2050, according to a new working paper report from The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, a major international initiative to analyze and communicate the economic risks and opportunities of climate action.
The Climate Group’s Head of International Policy and a veteran of COP conferences, Damian Ryan, explains the mechanics of this year’s COP21 climate summit in Paris in a new exclusive Climate TV interview.
As part of our #CWNYC countdown, our next Climate TVvideo interview is with Ben Ferrari, Director of Partnerships, The Climate Group, who says the world’s major corporates are now seeing the “genuine bottom-line benefits” of low carbon investments.
Following China’s military Victory Day parade which showcased a country rising above its market troubles, as part of the #CWNYC countdownThe Climate Group interviews Zhang Yue, Chairman and Founder of BROAD Group, to discuss what the Government of China's recent climate efforts mean for the private sector. We also get the Chinese entrepreneur's thoughts on how business leaders – many of which he says have the "same importance as politicians" – can have an impact on the global COP21 climate talks this December.
Sub-national governments are the “unsung heroes” in the fight against climate change, says Libby Ferguson, States & Regions Director, The Climate Group, in a new exclusive Climate TV interview in which she estimates a doubling of the already ambitious climate commitments from governments so far.
There is a strong economic case for renewable energy across different sectors – from energy-intensive industries such as chemicals and cement companies to oil and gas, services, conglomerates and retail companies – but big business needs better guidance on how to obtain it, according to research.
Global policy and business leaders kicked off The Countdown to Climate Week NYC with an opening press conference on Tuesday, September 1 2015, as new ClimateTV platform from The Climate Group was launched.
Leaders of We Mean Business, a powerful climate coalition representing thousands of businesses, have written a group blog about the content of the global climate agreement that will come out of the COP21 talks this December.
The inevitable shift toward clean energy is proving increasingly cost effective, and Climate Week NYC “will be demonstrating that there is a business case for the transition to a low carbon economy,” says Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, and one of the world’s leading climate policy experts.
Today The Climate Group begins its 20-day countdown toClimate Week NYC 2015, marked with the announcement of a mass-tweetand launch of our new digital video channel. You can follow our countdown on hashtag #CWNYC.
The US Navy is investing in what will be the largest solar farm in the world in order to provide power for 14 of its bases, reflecting a global trend of massive solar power stations being built in the world’s “sun belts”, led by US and India.
From September 21-28, 2015, Climate Week NYC will bring together a diverse series of events across the city, with a key handful hosted by the United Nations.
This year is critical for global climate action, with United Nations bodies set to adopt a new sustainable development agenda in September through the SDGs, and reach a historic global deal at the COP21 climate talks in December.
In parallel, Climate Week NYC – which is the official collaborative space for climate events in support of the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda – will work closely with the UN to highlight the importance of a robust climate agreement in achieving a strong, sustainable economy through a number of affiliate events.
Three central events are the United Nations Summit to Adopt the Post 2015 Development Agenda, the United Nations Private Sector Forum and UNEP’s Champions of the Earth Awards.
As the landscape of business risk and opportunity continues to evolve with a changing climate, several events at Climate Week NYC this year are putting climate resilience and mitigation firmly in the spotlight.
Among the 30+ affiliate events already confirmed for Climate Week NYC, three key events feature business leaders who are paving the way toward a prosperous low carbon economy: the United Nations Private Sector Forum, Corporations Leading Climate Resilience Around the World, and the 2nd Environmental Compliance and Commitment Legal Summit.
President Obama’s determination to reduce US carbon emissions by 32% below 2005 levels by 2030 sends a message to the rest of the world’s leaders that theUN climate talks in Paris could succeed in saving the planet from overheating.
Past talks have foundered on a range of political excuses, but now that the world’s two largest polluters, China and the US, have committed to far-reaching changes in their energy production to keep the world below the dangerous threshold of a 2°C temperature increase, the door is open for all the rest to follow.
From Paris to Geneva, Poland, Milwaukee, Boston and New York, individuals and organizations across the world are showing support for climate action in creative ways ahead of Climate Week NYC.
By posting photos and insights on social media using the hashtag #CWNYC, supporters have illustrated their visions for a sustainable future as well as current climate action initiatives.Together, these social media supporters are demonstrating the impact of collective climate action, leading up to the UN Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris this December.
Check out some of the top submissions, and join the movement!
The Southeastern states of the US are facing severe economic risks because of climate change, a new report finds. In particular, between US$48.2 billion and US$68.7 billion worth of existing coastal property in the region will likely be below sea level by 2050 – with US$23 billion worth in Florida alone.
The Risky Business project has just released its latest report, ‘Come Heat and High Water’, which quantifies the economic risks from the impacts of higher temperatures, rising sea levels and coastal storm surge which will be aggravated by climate change.
On the fast-growing schedule for Climate Week NYC 2015 are two events uniting dynamic leaders to examine the impact of technology, innovation and media on climate change.
We Mean Business welcomes today’s announcement from the White House on the American Business Act on Climate Pledge – and commitments made by 13 of the largest companies from across the American economy.
From September 21-28, the 7th edition of Climate Week NYC will be hosted by The Climate Group. There are already over 25 events confirmed across New York City with more being added daily, but here are some key events to watch out for.
The Climate Group served as the Secretariat for Climate Week NYC. Climate Week NYC is the international platform for governments, businesses and civil society to collaborate on low carbon leadership and innovation.
Host to a record 144 events, the sixth edition of Climate Week NYC was our biggest and most impactful yet.
As the collaborative space for all events in support of the UN Climate Summit, there’s no doubt Climate Week NYC 2014 helped spur climate change back into global headlines.
Here are just a few of the many highlights.
This week business and finance leaders met policymakers at an event during Climate Week NYC, to analyze the state of investment in the global low carbon economy following plummeting clean energy costs and increasingly risky carbon assets.
Leading voices from the international climate dialogue met to discuss zero carbon buildings high up in the appropriately retrofitted Empire State Building this week, at the launch of new initiative Track 0.
The high-profile UN Climate Summit in New York came to a close this evening, with a series of outcomes summarized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Our CEO Mark Kenber comments on the record-breaking climate leaders event.
Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group, comments on today's UN Climate Summit
Global state and regional governments networks have announced today a new compact that will provide a clear picture of global state and regional governments’ overall contribution to greenhouse gas emission reduction and will help tackle climate change.
Today influential figures from worlds as diverse as foreign affairs and national security, to tech giants Apple and HP, came together to share their united call for assured climate action and low carbon prosperity, at the Opening Day of Climate Week NYC 2014.
In a sign of growing support for climate action, US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Christiana Figueres today laid out their visions for a vibrant, low carbon economy on the Opening Day of Climate Week NYC 2014.
The Opening Day of Climate Week NYC today highlights a key success for The Climate Group: Bijli - Clean energy for all, with a new video showcasing the inspiring initiative which is connecting rural communities in India with clean energy.
Leading businesses including, IKEA, Swiss Re, BT, Formula E, H&M, KPN, Mars, Nestlé, Philips, Reed Elesvier, J. Safra Sarasin and Yoox, join a powerful group of NGOs and clean energy experts today to announce the launch of a multi-year initiative to encourage major companies to commit to using 100% renewable power.
Renewable energy drive and new business alliance for climate action launched on eve of UN Climate Summit
LONDON: See Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations, Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank, Tim Cook, CEO, Apple, and other high-profile leaders speaking live from New York. Wherever you are in the world, we invite you to watch the Climate Week NYC 2014 Opening Day, from 10 am EST/3pm BST.
Quote from the US special envoy for climate change, Todd Stern.
A report published ahead of next week’s UN Climate Summit illustrates that poor and prosperous nations, tiny islands and great cities, can achieve all their energy needs from renewables.
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Climate Week NYC, convened by The Climate Group, is a key event in the international calendar that brings together leading governments, investors, businesses, innovators and opinion formers. Host to more than 100 affiliate events from September 19-25, Climate Week NYC 2016 is the collaborative space for innovation, ambition and action in achieving a prosperous low carbon future for all.