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November 26, 2012

Contact: Colbie Holderness/Laura Tierney
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Clean Energy Business Leaders Attend Doha Climate Talks

Call for Practical Outcomes in Areas of Technology,
Finance & Market Mechanisms

Washington, DC - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) will arrive in Doha, Qatar this week for the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP)/ 8th 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 institutions in finance, technology and market mechanisms, as they will become the foundation upon which increased ambition and a post-2020 agreement to address climate change are built upon.

Looking ahead to two weeks of work in Qatar, BCSE President Lisa Jacobson noted, “The talks in Doha this year need to provide the business community with market signals to further drive investment into clean energy technologies, resources, and services to meet both the mitigation and adaptation objectives of nations.” She added, “We feel Doha can deliver on practical outcomes and build toward greater multilateral collaboration in tackling climate change.”

The BCSE calls for decisions to be taken at COP-18 and discussions that begin in Doha for a post-2020 agreement to:

  • Launch the Climate Technology Center & Network (CTC&N), include the private sector on its Advisory Board and build off of existing networks of expertise. The Center can showcase how enabling policy frameworks can help build a market and incentivize action to improve energy efficiency and integrate low-carbon and renewable energy sources.
  • 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.
  • Encourage the Green Climate Fund to take an innovative approach to financing climate solutions and incorporate private sector experience into its design, governance and operation.
  • 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 fungibility 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.

Delegation and Contacts

The BCSE delegation includes clean energy business leaders from eight companies and organizations. For media inquiries or to schedule a meeting with members of the BCSE delegation, please contact Laura Tierney ([email protected]).

Visit www.bcse.org and follow the BCSE on Twitter (@BCSECleanEnergy) for updates on the Council’s policy statements, publications, events, and insights.

Public Events

UNFCCC Side Event – Accelerating Action: Business, Clean Energy Markets & the CTC&N
Friday, November 30, 4:45 - 6:15 pm, Side Event Room 8, Qatar National Convention Center
Co-hosted by the Global Wind Energy Council

In 2011 a record $280B was invested in clean energy globally. Existing business networks are ready to interface with the CTC&N. This panel will address opportunities for collaboration to mobilize large-scale clean energy technology deployment by 2020 with a special focus on wind energy.

A Conversation: Women in Climate, Clean Energy and Sustainability
Monday, December 3, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, US Center at Qatar National Convention Center
In partnership with the U.S. Department of State

Join this small panel of senior female business and government leaders for a discussion of efforts in the US to address climate change, deploy clean energy and promote sustainability.  Hear the unique perspectives of these women as they discuss the drivers that are required to create markets and establish the policy frameworks that are needed for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Business Briefing on Final Report of High-Level Panel on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Policy Dialogue
Monday, December 3, 5:00 - 6:30 pm, BINGO Room (To Be Identified), Qatar National Convention Center
Co-hosted by: International Emissions Trading Association
Featuring: Joan McNaughton, Vice-Chair, High-Level Panel on the CDM Policy Dialogue

Business and Government Partnerships at the Nexus of Clean Energy, Agriculture and Economic Development
Wednesday, December 5, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, US Center at Qatar National Convention Center
In partnership with the US Agency for International Development

US businesses from the agriculture, infrastructure and energy sectors are working with public sector partners to deliver technology solutions that will provide clean energy and will meet the adaptation and mitigation needs of communities in developing countries.  The panel will feature clean energy leaders from the private sector who will share how they are working to provide renewable energy to off-grid communities, showcase clean energy technology options and stimulate local economic growth. USAID’s Global Climate Change Coordinator Kit Batten will discuss how the Powering Agriculture Energy Grand Challenge is working with private and public partners to spur private sector investment and local business development at the nexus of agriculture and clean energy.