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22 July 2015

The Road to Paris: 21 Weeks to COP21

Written by: Nick Hay, Director at Edelman

Energy, Government Affairs, Technology

COP21, Paris is almost upon us. Whilst the previous success of the long-running UN climate change negotiations is debatable, there is great expectation that the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP21, will succeed.

21 weeks from now, following an intense 12 days of negotiations, we will find out whether world leaders have met their goal to deliver a new global agreement that will keep global warming below 2°C.

Most of the large emitting territories, including the EU, US and China have now submitted their (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)) pledges to reduce carbon emissions beyond 2020.  Most experts agree that the INDC pledges in their totality will not be enough to stay below 2°C by the end of the decade; making it imperative that the Paris agreement includes a system for countries to ratchet up their emissions cuts in future.

Whatever the outcome of COP21, the direction of travel is towards increased carbon constraints. Thought leaders such as The New Climate Economy have forcefully asserted the case for public and private organisations to seize the opportunities of the low carbon economy. Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has called the INDCs “investment prospectuses”; providing the certainty organisations need to invest in the low carbon economy. Now is a crucial moment for cleantech innovators to be seen to be providing the big, commercially-viable ideas the global economy needs to transition into a prosperous, resilient, low carbon future.

Edelman has partnered with global collaboration platform, Hub Culture to create ‘The Paris Innovation Pavilion’ at COP21. The Pavilion provides a Paris-based focal point, from which organisations can be an active participant in the COP21 debate, including:

  • A series of events
  • Private dinners and networking
  • Social media studio
  • Display area for climate-related innovation / product placement
  • Working and collaboration space for execs and stakeholders
  • A real-time news room service to respond and generate media opportunities

For further information, please contact: Nick Hay, Director, Cleantech, Edelman

Image by Le Centre d’Information sur l’Eau (Flickr: cop21) [CC BY-ND 2.0], via Flickr Creative Commons

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