Achieving global climate ambition with clean energy

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The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) – a coalition of companies and associations from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors – joins the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP 26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) hosted by the United Kingdom in Glasgow, Scotland to bring existing technology and policy solutions to the table as we embark upon this critical decade for climate action.

At COP 26, we call for countries to raise ambition and to partner with the private sector to translate that ambition into:

  1. Broader deployment of clean energy & energy efficiency technologies around the world.
  2. Better investments in our economies, infrastructure and communities to reduce emissions, create new jobs and strengthen resilience

BCSE at COP 26 Resources

Events at COP 26

More Bang for the Buck – Investing in Mitigation & Resilience Together

November 1, 2021

 

 

Many existing clean energy and energy efficiency solutions can deliver both mitigation and enhanced resilience against the impacts of climate change.  Now is the time to re-invest strategically in technology solutions and systems that achieve both goals, as the impacts of a lack of climate action are already being felt with increasing incidences of wildfires, droughts, hurricanes and floods. Investing in communities and climate-smart infrastructure before a disaster delivers a significant return on investment. These types of solutions include on-site clean energy generation, microgrids, weatherization and other building efficiency measures and more.  

This panel will make the case to invest in clean energy and energy efficiency and sustainability solutions that both enhance resilience and advance the transition towards the creation of net-zero economies.

Hosted by: Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Venue: Make Climate Action Everyone’s Business Forum hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce from 1 –13 November 2021

Format: Virtual

Speakers:

  • Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
  • Sharelynn Moore, Chief Marketing Officer, Bloom Energy
  • Tom Jensen, CEO and Founder, FREYR Battery
  • Mark Lessans, Director of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs, Johnson Controls
  • Carla Peterman, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, PG&E Corporation
  • Lisa Larroque Alexander, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Sempra
  • Alysson Blackwelder, Project Manager, Advocacy and Policy, U.S. Green Building Council

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Technology for Net-Zero

November 2, 2021

Leading U.S. companies will dive into the global challenge of achieving net zero by 2050 and explore how technologies across sectors can make significant gains toward this goal in this critical decade for climate action.  Coordination across sectors, investment in innovation, deployment of existing technology solutions and public-private partnership are all essential tools to achieve this long-term global target.

Co-Hosts: Business Council for Sustainable Energy and U.S. Council for International Business

Venue: U.S. Center at COP 26, Hall 4, Blue Zone

Learn more and watch other events: U.S. Center YouTube Channel or U.S. Center Website

Speakers:

  • Peter Robinson, President and CEO, U.S. Council for International Business, USCIB
  • Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
  • Ester Baiget, CEO, Novozymes
  • Amy Haddon, Vice President, Thought Leadership, Sustainable Business Division, Schneider Electric
  • Patrick Flynn, Vice President, Sustainability, Salesforce
  • Andrew Zolli, Chief Impact Officer, Planet

 

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BCSE Press Conference: Business Views on Raising Ambition and Investing in Climate Solutions

November 6, 2021

BCSE at COP 26 Press Conference

 

Watch the press conference on-demand.

Speakers:

  • Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
  • Brian Wolff, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and External Affairs, Edison Electric Institute
  • Tanya Peacock, Senior Director, Government Affairs and Policy, Bloom Energy
  • Duncan Burt, Chief Sustainability Officer, National Grid
  • Nanette Lockwood, Senior Director, Climate Policy and Advocacy, Trane Technologies

 

 

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Actions for Clean Energy, Clean Materials & Energy Efficiency to Advance Ambitions & Solutions

November 8, 2021

 

Clean energy, clean materials & energy efficiency solutions can deliver emissions reductions, enhanced resilience & help build back better. Private sector partnerships, in response to ambitious NDCs, will find practical engineering solutions & leverage more investment in this critical decade.

Co-hosts:  e5, International Council for Sustainable Energy and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Venue: UNFCCC virtual side event

Watch other COP 26 events on the UNFCCC website or UNFCCC YouTube Channel.

Speakers:

  • Anna Freeman, Policy Director, Clean Energy Council Australia, moderator
  • Kolja Kuse, Chief Executive, e5
  • Tom Jensen, CEO and Co-Founder, FREYR Battery
  • Bruno Meyer, Consultant, Energy and Telecommunications, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Thomas Brueck, Professor, Head of Werner Siemens-Chair Synthetic Biotechnology, Technical University of Munich
  • Tariq Durrani, Professor, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Powering Forward in the Critical Decade: Business Leaders in Energy, Building & Circular Economy

November 9, 2021

Ambitious NDCs send market signals that can advance economic recovery and redirect climate-smart investments into infrastructure, energy systems and the circular economy. Partnerships with the private sector can deliver GHG reductions, increase resilience and expand health & economic benefits.

Co-hosts: Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Demand Response & Smart Grid Coalition, Plant Based Products Council, U.S. Green Building Council

Venue: UNFCCC virtual side event

Watch other COP 26 side events on the UNFCCC website or UNFCCC YouTube Channel.

Speakers:

  • Dan Delurey, Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School, moderator
  • Ashley Allen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Oatly, Inc.
  • Jessica Bowman, Executive Director, Plant Based Products Council
  • Elizabeth Beardsley, Senior Policy Counsel, U.S. Green Building Council
  • David MacLean, Director Commercial & Residential Deployment, ClearValue
  • Rebecca Tolene, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Tennessee Valley Authority

 

 

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More Bang for the Buck – Investing in Mitigation & Resilience Together

November 9, 2021

 

Many existing clean energy and energy efficiency solutions can deliver both mitigation and enhanced resilience against the impacts of climate change.  Now is the time to re-invest strategically in technology solutions and systems that achieve both goals, as the impacts of a lack of climate action are already being felt with increasing incidences of wildfires, droughts, hurricanes and floods. Investing in communities and climate-smart infrastructure before a disaster delivers a significant return on investment. These types of solutions include on-site clean energy generation, microgrids, weatherization and other building efficiency measures and more.

This panel will make the case to invest in clean energy and energy efficiency and sustainability solutions that both enhance resilience and advance the transition towards the creation of net-zero economies.

Hosted by: Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Venue: U.S. Climate Action Center, Hall 5, Blue Zone

Watch this and other events on America’s All In Youtube Channel.

Speakers:

  • Kathleen McGinty, Vice President and Chief Sustainability, Government & Regulatory Affairs Officer, Johnson Controls
  • Bob Hinkle, President and CEO, Metrus Energy
  • Rebecca Tolene, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Scott Tew, Vice President, Sustainability & Managing Director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Trane Technologies

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Virtual Exhibit at COP 26

Co-hosts: Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Plant Based Products Council, U.S. Green Building Council

How to visit: Visitors must be registered to attend COP 26, access via the COP 26 virtual platform.

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Raise the Ambition Interviews with Corporate Leaders

Tom Einar Jensen

CEO, FREYR Battery

George Oliver

Chairman and CEO, Johnson Controls

Ashley Allen

Chief Sustainability Officer, Oatly

Patricia K. Poppe

CEO, PG&E Corporation

Jessica Bowman

Executive Director, Plant Based Products Council

Jean-Pascal Tricoire

Chairman and CEO, Schneider Electric

Paul Camuti

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, Trane Technologies

Peter Templeton

President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council

BCSE In Action - News

Johnson Controls

“On behalf of the whole team at Johnson Controls, it is our great honor and pleasure to be counted among the founding partners of the First Movers Coalition. Let us salute Secretary John Kerry and the leadership of the World Economic Forum for launching this innovative partnership. This is exactly the kind of “working together”—business and government, together—that the world so needs and that we know is an unbeatable combination. The toughest problems—like decarbonizing hard to decarbonize sectors—wither in the face of formidable partnerships, and we believe, transform them into opportunities”, said Katie McGinty, Vice President and Chief Sustainability and External Relations Officer at Johnson Controls.

Read about the First Movers Coalition here.

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), the International Copper Association (ICA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Sustainable Energy for ALL (SEforALL), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the United National Industrial Development Program (UNIDO) have launched the Cornerstone of Rural Electrification Initiative (CORE) to address the immense capacity building and technical assistance needs to support the development of decentralised renewable energy (DRE) systems as a means to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Read about the CORE Initiative here.

Eric Rondolat, CEO of Signify, said: “Interventions like the switch to renewable energy take time to yield results. Adopting energy-saving technologies can instantly relieve many of the urgent energy challenges the world is facing in electricity and fuel shortages and price hikes. We can act today by accelerating the switch to energy-efficient lighting, by doubling the rate of building renovations per year, and by mobilizing consumers to make their own significant impact in the Race to Zero. Driving energy efficiency improvements will reduce emissions and at the same time save businesses and consumers money, and create jobs.”

Read about Signify's sustainability work.

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Schneider Electric, the global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, announced on November 4 that they would design and deliver, Energize, a program to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the pharmaceutical value chain. Ten major pharmaceutical companies are already program members.

“Today marks ‘Energy Day’ of the 2021 United Nations Conference of Parties (COP26) on climate change, where representatives from around the globe come together to accelerate action towards the mitigation of climate change,” said Susan Uthayakumar, President, Sustainable Business at Schneider Electric. “In support of that mission, we’re honored to launch the Energize program and collaborate with the pharmaceutical industry to drive emissions reductions, ultimately benefitting both people and our planet.”

Learn more about Energize

National Grid will bring voices from around the world to the leading decision makers on climate at COP26, the UN Global Climate Change Conference being held in Glasgow, Scotland in November. The Voice of All initiative gives people in the Northeast and across the US the opportunity to share their aspirations and ideas for a sustainable future.

"As global leaders work through detailed policy issues, we don't want them to lose sight of the perspective and needs of our communities impacted by climate change," said Badar Khan, President of National Grid, US. "This is part of our commitment to leave no one behind and we're proud to bring the people we serve with us to the table. The Voice of All will be a motivational message of hope that also illustrates the seriousness of what is at stake."

Learn more about National Grid’s work as a principal partner of COP 26

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For more information on the BCSE at COP 26, please contact Laura Tierney at ltierney[at]bcse.org and all media inquiries, please contact Julia Selker jselker[at]bcse.org.