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Climate Week NYC is Getting It Done with Palmetto, Saint-Gobain, Con Edison and Barings

16th September 2021 Climate Group 3 min read

September 16, 2021 New York, NY– Climate Week NYC is about Getting It Done, and that means collaborating with the diverse organizations who play a crucial part in achieving climate action. The Climate Week NYC events program is categorized into ten different themes and is proud to announce Barings as the Finance Program Partner; Saint-Gobain as the Built Environment Program Partner; Con Edison as the Transport Program Partner; and Palmetto as the Energy Program Partner.

Helen Clarkson, CEO of the Climate Group, said: “Our program partners are what makes Climate Week NYC so special. Their expertise and commitment to climate action help bring climate to the global agenda. We look forward to working with Palmetto, Con Edison, Saint Gobain, and Barings to elevate solutions from all sectors and pursue a future that is healthier and more just for all.”

The Built Environment program explores the impact of buildings and infrastructure on climate. These “hard-to-abate” sectors pose the biggest challenge, but also the biggest opportunity, and this program ensures that these challenging industries are addressed.

Pierre-André de Chalendar, Saint-Gobain’s Chairman and author of The Urban Challenge, Reviving the Desire to Live in the City, said: “Cities are undoubtedly our post-pandemic greatest challenge. “Small or large, cities contribute to almost 70% of greenhouse gas emissions; small or large, they directly impact our quality of life. There cannot be real solutions against climate change without transforming our urban centers, yet—and this is the good news—transforming our cities is a unique opportunity to make them desirable again – and sustainable.”

The Transport program examines the benefits in making our transport systems clean and efficient. From developing electric public transport systems to building electric vehicle charging infrastructure, this program showcases how we can scale innovation to build a cleaner, net zero future.

Leonard Singh, Senior Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions, Con Edison, said: “The electrification of transportation alongside the rise of clean renewable power is critical in the fight against climate change. We are all in on electric vehicles, and working every day to make it more convenient and cost-effective for New York City’s drivers to make the switch to an EV. We’re proud to partner with Climate Week NYC at this momentous time for our city and our planet.”

The Finance program focuses on financial opportunities to identify and mitigate climate risks as part of a green recovery. It provides a lens to explore initiatives and roadmaps for the public and private financial sector to tackle climate change and discuss sustainable development.

Sarah Munday, Director of Sustainability, Barings, said: “As the world grapples with climate change, asset managers like Barings have the opportunity to actively support the companies and organizations that are driving progress and the responsibility to help their clients navigate the risks. As proud sponsors of the Finance Program at Climate Week NYC, we are pleased to help convene conversations across our industry that can lead to positive change in addressing climate risks.”

The Energy program brings together policy and industry experts for global collaboration in the pursuit of a net zero future through a just transition.

Chris Kemper, Palmetto Chairman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Energy delivery systems are now being driven by innovative technology that is literally putting power directly into the hands of consumers; which is driving change, shaping policy and enabling successful collaboration. I am anticipating a robust, educational and action-oriented discussion with the energy leaders of Climate Week NYC.”

The Climate Week NYC 2021 events program is organized into ten themes: built environment, energy, industry, food, environmental justice, transport, finance, sustainable living, nature, and policy. The majority of Climate Week NYC 2021 events will be digital and open to a global audience. In 2020, Climate Week NYC was home to over 500 events held virtually from 20+ countries around the world. Some physical events, where possible, will take place in person in New York City, including the Opening Ceremony.

The events calendar is now live and the new Climate Week NYC mobile app will be launching on later this week.

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