From 26 November to 7 December, governments from around the world are gathering for the next round of climate talks, where negotiators are seeking to agree a second phase of the Kyoto Protocol and lay the groundwork for a post-2020 agreement.
“In Doha, governments have an opportunity to work together to put aside paralyzing strategies and take bolder steps to foster an international environment more conducive to a true collaboration on climate action,” said the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier. “Business stands ready for constructive engagement in Doha and beyond, recognizing that governments alone cannot tackle challenges associated with climate change and global sustainability, and the private sector as investor and innovator is more crucial than ever.”
In its unique role as the world business organization, ICC forges closer cooperation between governments and business and strives to ensure that governments create an enabling framework for business to continue shaping and implementing practical climate change solutions.
“Although policy-makers have struggled to agree on a strong climate agreement, business pioneers have continued to invent climate-resilient products and services which are economic success cases. Global markets have witnessed growth in portfolios that include, amongst others, renewables, new mobility solutions and energy efficient buildings,” said Kersten-Karl Barth, Sustainability Director at Siemens AG, and the new Chair of ICC’s Commission on Environment and Energy. “But more can and needs to be done. A global agreement is critical to give more certainty to businesses to scale up investments, innovation, and technologies at the necessary speed to build low-emission societies of the 21st century.”
ICC is a long-standing partner of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and participates as an observer in the Climate Investment Funds. In addition, ICC also works closely with senior government officials on cross-cutting environmental issues at the G20 and other intergovernmental fora.
ICC will host and engage in a range of events in Doha (see below calendar). The ICC Secretary General, global business leaders and members of the ICC Environment and Energy Commission, and the ICC Taxation Commission will be participating in the conference to present business views.
During the Conference, ICC will promote the ICC Green Economy Roadmap – a guide for business, policy-makers and society and it will launch its latest policy statement entitled: ICC Environmental Taxation Principles – Fiscal instruments and environmental policy-making
The ICC Green Economy Roadmap sets out 10 conditions needed to drive growth and calls for innovation, collaboration and governance. It serves as both a tool for integrating sustainability into business strategies and government policies as well as a platform to share and scale-up best practices and initiate new activities.
Download the ICC Green Economy Roadmap
COP 18 events
|26 November – 7 December
2012 (except 2 December)
|Daily Briefings for Business and Industry
Exchange of news and discussion of latest developments in the negotiations and other events at the conference
9-10am, BINGO room, Qatar National Convention Centre
|29 November 2012||Women working in energy – networking and panel discussion:
Hawthorn Club with ICC as supporting partner
1-2.30 pm, BINGO room, Qatar National Convention CentreKeynote speaker: Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC
|29 November 2012||ICC/IETA joint panel: Financial instruments for green growth
|30 November 2012||ICC side event: Scaling up investments for a low-carbon society
1-2.30 pm, BINGO room, Qatar National Convention CentrePanellists:
|1 – 2 December 2012||World Climate Summit (WCS) 2012
ICC supporting as institutional partnerRitz-Carlton Hotel
|2 December 2012||ICC/WBCSD Global Business Day Networking Reception
6-8 pm, Diplomatic Club
|3 December 2012||ICC/WBCSD Global Business Day
Diplomatic ClubFull day
|5 December 2012||ICC official side event co-organized with Government of Germany, ECLAC, RTCC: Role of fiscal instruments in environmental policy-making
6.30-8 pm, Side Event Room 4, Qatar National Convention CentrePanellists: