November 7, 2013
BCSE Leads Business Delegation at Warsaw Climate Talks
Clean Energy Technologies Keeping Momentum at COP19
Washington, DC - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) will be in Warsaw, Poland this week for the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP)/9th Meeting of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Leading a delegation of clean energy business leaders, the BCSE will press for continued progress by governments to advance a 2015 international climate change agreement that will incentivize additional national policies and leverage existing market forces to achieve critical greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
In Warsaw, the BCSE calls for Parties to keep this momentum moving and to set a foundation that recognizes and includes private sector expertise, finance and technology solutions in the design of a new global framework.
BCSE will be hosting two side events at COP-19, the first event, “An Integrated Approach to Mitigation, Adaptation and Resilience in the Built Environment ” will be held on Friday, November 15, from 16:45 - 18:15 in the Room Torun, National Stadium. This event will be held as part of the Business and Industry (BINGO) Day at the conference and will feature a panel of energy efficiency and building executives to discuss the opportunities for realizing real mitigation and adaptation co-benefits when buildings are viewed holistically as part of a community’s ecosystem.
The panel will discuss policy incentives and business models that are successfully deploying the next generation of smarter, greener, and more efficient buildings. The second BCSE side event, “Managing Climate Risks in a Changing Energy Landscape ,” will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 11:00 - 12:00 at the US Center in the National Stadium. This event will feature a panel of clean energy executives and government officials who will discuss how renewables, natural gas and energy efficiency technology providers are working together and with policymakers to create a more secure, diversified and low-carbon energy portfolio in the US.
The BCSE calls for decisions to made at COP-19 that will move the world closer to a new climate agreement in 2015:
- Continue with the successful launch of the Climate Technology Center & Network (CTC&N) as well as continued build out of the Green Climate Fund as these are key institutions that will accelerate deployment of existing clean energy technologies.
- Work to strengthen intellectual property rights as this plays a critical role in advancing clean energy technology
- Recognize the critical role innovation plays in developing the next generation of climate solution technologies and the importance of ensuring enabling environments to facilitate that innovation.
- Activate partnerships with the private sector for adaptation to assist local policy-makers, who are increasingly challenged by extreme weather events and a changing climate.
- Build upon efforts to price carbon in markets around the world, ensure fundability and clear accounting practices, and include new market mechanisms.
- Utilize private sector expertise in reporting, verifying and monitoring actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to build transparency and strengthen trust as negotiations begin for a new regime.
These positions and case studies of BCSE members in action are found in the BCSE's COP19 Fact Sheet .