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The 2015 Business and Climate Summit: how businesses’ contributions can help fighting climate change?

This article is written by Pierre Manenti.
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From left to right: Pierre Manenti (GCP Deputy Director), Delphine Blumereau (CliMates’ President), Oriane Cébile (REFEDD’s President).

On May 21st and 22nd 2015, the UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris hosted the Business and Climate Summit at the initiative of Global Compact France, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EpE). More than one thousand people gather at this special event in the preparation of the December 2015 COP21 summit, including the French President of the Republic François Hollande, the OCDE Secretary General Angel Gurria, the Peru’s Minister of Environment Manuel Pulgar and the Marshall Islands’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Tony de Brum. CliMates’ President Delphine Blumereau and I had the tremendous chance to be invited to this meeting to represent CliMates.

 

During his opening tribune, President François Hollande strongly encouraged the industrial sectors to set targets in order to reduce gas emissions, to cut reliance on fossil fuels, to scale down the use of water and commodities in the production processes and to boost the share of renewable energies. He also called the companies for sharing their innovative solutions against climate change as part as the “Agenda of Solutions” and the NAZCA Platform. Regarding the issue of the carbon price on the European market (EU ETS), he urged voluntarism in the current negotiations, hoping for the establishment of a market stability reserve as early as 2019.

Concluding his speech, President François Hollande asserted:

We need a revolution in business.”

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