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Global leaders driving environmental change to speak at Climate Week NYC 2021

1st June 2021 3 min read

1 June 2021, London – This World Environment Day, the Climate Group is delighted to announce the first wave of speakers at Climate Week NYC (September 20-26). Centered on the theme “Getting It Done”, The Hub Live will showcase a stellar lineup of global business and government leadership committed to a net zero pathway by 2050.  

From September 21-23, the Climate Group will host The Hub Live, a series of 17 forums, discussions, and workshops that bring together the expertise and influence of public and private sectors. Hosted through an interactive online digital platform, the events will shine a spotlight on the clean energy revolution, the future of buildings, heavy industries, electric vehicles, finance, and food.  

The Hub Live speakers include Pia Heidenmark-Cook, Chief Sustainability Officer, Ingka Group (IKEA); Angela Hultberg, Road Transport Lead, COP26 Climate Champions; Korea Yang, Seung-Jo, Governor of Chungnam; and Monica Araya, Drive Electric campaigner, RouteZero partner and Distinguished Fellow at ClimateWorks Foundation

Helen Clarkson, CEO of Climate Group, commented: 

The 2020s are the Climate Decade: we must halve emissions by 2030. We’ve run out of time for business as usual, as we need to transform rapidly, and at scale. That means the climate needs to be at the center of all decisions made by businesses and governments, which requires brave and bold leadership now. Let’s use the time we have left in the Climate Decade to close the gap between ambition and reality. Climate Week NYC is a vital moment to check in on the action that’s already happening, and inspire others to go much further.”  

Mathias Lelievre, CEO, ENGIE Impact, said: 

We are past the moment of simply accelerating progress to net zero, today businesses and governments must scale the execution of global decarbonization. Climate Week NYC 2021 will be about how we bring the right levers together to enable action at speed and at scale.” 

Registration to host digital events as part of the official Climate Week NYC events program has now opened. Organizations, communities and individuals who feel passionate about showcasing global climate action are invited to get involved by submitting an event to make 2021 the most impactful year yet. In 2020, over 500 events were held virtually and in-person from 20+ countries around the world, which included everything from film screenings and panel discussions to a climate ballet and futuristic virtual marketplace.   

Visit or follow #ClimateWeekNYC to receive regular updates and keep up to date with Climate Week NYC 2021.  

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Media registration is now open and free for the Opening Ceremony and The Hub Live events. Registration closes September 17, 2021. 

For any Climate Week NYC enquiries, including interview requests, please contact: [email protected].  

Climate Week NYC 2021 Sponsors and Partners  

National Grid, Headline Partner; L’Oréal, Opening Ceremony Sponsor; ENGIE Impact, The Hub Live Sponsor; McKinsey & Company, Knowledge Partner; The Estée Lauder Companies, Platinum Sponsor; Morrison & Foerster, Silver Sponsor; The Nest Summit, Official Event Partner; Junk Kouture, Sustainable Living Program Partner