ICC Calls for Collaboration to Tackle Climate Challenge


ICC Secretary General John Danilovich at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey
ICC Secretary General John Danilovich at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey

With less than two weeks to go to the United Nations Conference on climate change (COP21) and the conclusion of the G20 last weekend, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) continues to engage its network in more than 130 countries to advocate for a climate deal that engages business to fully address the climate challenge.

“ICC has underscored the need for the G20 to show leadership in engaging and collaborating with the private sector in an unprecedented way to tackle the climate challenge,” said Kersten-Karl Barth, chair of the ICC commission on the environment and energy.

As energy investment is expected to be the largest single area of overall infrastructure investment over the coming decades requiring $1-2 trillion per year over the coming decades, engagement of the private sector will be critical.

As the lead business representative to the UN climate talks, ICC supports an ambitious global agreement which works with business to speed emissions reductions and build climate resilience.

Invited by French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius to speak on behalf of business and industry NGOs at the pre-COP meeting involving in Paris last Sunday, ICC Secretary General John Danilovich said: “Businesses are already innovating to develop the technological, organizational and financial solutions needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to changing climate patterns.

“But to scale up these solutions we need enhanced collaboration between business, and more importantly, between the public and private sectors.”

Danilovich led a business delegation at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey in what was an important staging post ahead of COP21.

Norine Kennedy, USCIB’s vice president for strategic international engagement, energy and environment, attended the pre-COP and the Bonn negotiating sessions.

ICC national committees all over the world will also be promoting an ambitious global climate agreement which works with business with a series of events throughout the month of November:

Staff Contact:   Norine Kennedy

Senior VP, Policy and Global Strategy
Tel: 212.703.5052

Norine Kennedy promotes U.S. business participation in international environmental policy and management initiatives, and works closely with industry, government and NGOs to promote sustainable development and green growth. She also spearheads USCIB’s strategic international engagement initiative, which seeks to advance meaningful business participation and regulatory diplomacy in inter-governmental organizations.
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