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November 28, 2011

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Clean Energy Business Leaders Head to Durban
Seek Practical Outcomes, Affirmation on Multilateral Commitment to Tackling Climate Change

Washington, DC—The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is heading to Durban, South Africa for the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP)/ 7th Meeting of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Leading a delegation of more than 35 clean energy business leaders, the BCSE will press for an affirmation of the Parties’ shared commitment to a global low-carbon future and for the build-out of key clean energy technology deployment infrastructure building on last year’s Cancún Agreements.

Looking ahead to two weeks of work in South Africa, BCSE President Lisa Jacobson noted, “The talks in Durban 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 Durban can deliver on practical outcomes and build toward greater multilateral collaboration in tackling climate change.”

“The BCSE serves a vital role in these talks—delivering the voice of businesses whose technologies and services will enable countries’ emissions reductions and development needs,” said First Environment, Inc. President and BCSE Chairman Emeritus Dr. Tod Delaney. “Governments must work in Durban to harness the innovation, investment, and drive of the private sector to begin to meet the urgent mitigation and adaptation needs of countries today,” he added.

As part of its efforts at COP17, the BCSE will be releasing “Make Clean Energy Count in Durban,” a policy primer highlighting the key policies needed through the UNFCCC process to drive clean energy technology deployment.

The BCSE specifically calls on governments in Durban to:

  • Adopt decisions that support the implementation of the Cancún Agreements and set a clear mandate for the path ahead;
  • Emphasize the critical role of clean energy solutions in the development and implementation of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and low-emissions development strategies (LEDs);
  • Operationalize the Climate Technology Center and Network (CTC&N) and create a clear channel for private sector engagement;
  • Respect and protect intellectual property rights to guarantee existing solutions and encourage the creation of future, low-carbon innovations;
  • Establish the structure of the Green Climate Fund and recognize the vital role of private sector finance in meeting long-term objectives; and
  • Continue the incorporation and advancement of market-mechanisms post-2012.

The full policy primer will be released on Tuesday, November 29.

Learn more about the BCSE's activities at COP17.