06Dec 18

COP24 ICC Business and Industry Day: Increasing Climate Ambition – A Private – Public Dialogue

Katowice, Poland, • English

The official COP24 Business and Industry Day is hosted and organised by ICC, in its capacity as the UNFCCC Focal Point for Business and Industry.


Throughout the day, high-level government representatives, climate change champions and business leaders will share their stories and ideas on the leadership and change required to enhance the ambition of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and make zero emissions development a reality.

The aim is to sound a note of optimism, and through constructive and inclusive dialogue, contribute to the development of high-level inputs to the Talanoa Dialogue.

Who should attend?

This is an official UNFCCC COP24 negotiations side event and is open to all COP24 attendees.



09:00-10:00High-level opening

Key note addresses by Inia Seruiratu, High-level Climate Champion, Fiji; Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse Foundation, Switzerland; Patricia Fuller, Ambassador for Climate Change, Canada; Amadou Hott, Vice-President, African Development Bank, Ivory Coast

10:00-11:30Increasing climate ambition

Organised by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

This session will explore how business can be a partner in increasing the ambition of the Nationally Determined Contributions and be a driving force in achieving our collective climate goals.

11:30-13.00One Planet Fellowship: Using a gender lens to invest in the next generation of climate adaptation scientists in Africa

Organised by AWARD and the BNP Paribas Foundation

Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change and it is expected that the heaviest damages will be on agriculture. Reductions in yield are projected to be 50% by 2050 having for consequences that the agricultural production will cover only 13% of populations needs.

By building a vibrant, intergenerational network of African & European scientists, the One Planet Fellowship Program hope to deliver gender responsive climate adaptation solutions for African smallholder farmers.

This session aims to demonstrate it is urgent to build such network and the innovative approach that will be developed through the program. It will offer to the participants an opportunity to learn more about the One Planet Fellowship Program and the opportunities it will offer to African and European scientists.

15.00-16.30Business exploration of carbon neutral pathways at country level

Organised by the Association Française des Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EpE)

France has committed to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. 25 company members of EpE carried out a study to propose a full picture of the economy and society compatible with this target; it covers all economic sectors and includes a sociological approach, trajectories and short-term conditions for success.

This session aims to demonstrate the benefits for companies of this collaborative long-term carbon neutrality strategy and the related success factors.

16:30-18:00Protecting climate change investment

This session aims to explore protection of the private and public-private investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation projects and programmes.  In order to stimulate the necessary private investment required to implement the system transitions envisaged by the IPCC in its Special Report in October 2018, investors require regulatory and commercial certainty.  On the regulatory front, states need to implement a binding regulatory framework to promote and govern system transition and investor conduct.  On the contractual front, key contractual protections including international dispute resolution, such as conciliation and arbitration under the New York Convention on Enforcement of Arbitral Awards 1958, Investor State Dispute Settlement Convention (ICSID) and bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, provide a proven global framework that protects investment and state interests in a fair and neutral manner that upholds the rule of law and contractual certainty.  The panel will consider the strengths and weaknesses of this existing framework – and potential improvements – in protecting climate change investments and enhancing and promoting private investment in system transition.


Speakers:Inia SeruiratuClimate Change Champion, Fiji
 Bertrand PiccardChair, Solar Impulse Foundation, Switzerland
 Patricia FullerAmbassador for Climate Change, Canada
 Amadou HottVice-President, African Development Bank, Ivory Coast
 Marie-Alix du LazSenior Climate Advisor, Total, France
 Nour AmraniSenior Public Affairs Manager, Novozymes, UK
Majda DabaghiDirector of Green Growth, ICC, Paris
 Jean-Jacques GoronDirector, BNP Paribas Foundation, France
 Judith LevineSenior Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), The Hague
 Jacek LukaszewskiCluster President, Schneider Electric, Poland
 Wanjiru Kamau-RutenbergDirector, African Women in Agriculture, Kenya
 Amelia KeeneTeam Innovate
 Keyvan MacedoSustainability Manager, Natura, Brazil
 Andrei MarcuExecutive Director, European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST), Brussels
 Wendy Miles QCPartner, Debevoise & Plimpton, UK; Vice-Chair, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
 Ilona MillerSpecial Counsel, Baker & McKenzie, Australia
 Emmanuel NormantGroup Chief Sustainability Officer, Saint Gobain, France
 Anthony NyongDirector, Climate Change and Green Growth, African Development Bank, Ivory Coast
 Oliver OliverosDeputy Director, Agropolis Foundation, France
 Nicola PeartBarrister, Three Crowns, UK (TBC)
 Justin PerrettsonHead of Global Engagements, Novozymes, Denmark
 Lourdes SanchezCreative Disrupters
 Yvon SlingenbergDirector, DG Climate Action, European Commission
 Sebastian SoleilleGlobal Head of Energy Transition and Environment, BNP Paribas, France
 Bernard SchwagerHead of Sustainability, Bosch, Germany
 Andrina SukmaChamber of Commerce of Stockholm, Sweden
 Cecile TexierVice President, Sustainability and CSR, Alstom, France
 Claire TutentuitManaging Director, EpE, France
 Michael WilkinsManaging Director, Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings, UK

Logistical notes


Wisla Room, International Congress Centre (MCK), Katowice, Poland

For more information, contact us:

  • Jennie Irving ICC
  • +33 1 49 53 30 78
  • Events Manager
  • Sandra Hanni
  • +33 1 49 53 30 62
  • Policy Assistant
  • Majda Dabaghi
  • +33 1 49 53 29 75
  • Senior Policy Executive – Environment and Energy; UNFCCC Focal Point for Business and Industry (BINGO)

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