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The Green Economy: Driving Business Value and Competitiveness

This WRI-hosted side event brings together business experts, national policy makers and global policy specialists to discuss successful approaches and tools to leverage strategic opportunities that the green economy presents. These discussions will be broken down into a series of three shorter panels that focus on:

  • the corporate perspective in driving business value through sustainability initiatives
  • the country perspective in driving competitiveness through low-carbon technology industries
  • tools for companies and policymakers to measure and manage their emissions impact.

This series of discussions will include perspectives from both developed and developing countries.

Agenda

Time Topic Speakers
1:30 – 1:45 Arrival and Welcome
1:45 – 2:00 Keynote Manish Bapna, Interim WRI President

Panel One: Demonstrating the value of sustainability and unlocking next practices

Presented by:

We often hear that demonstrating the business case for sustainability is vital. Hear from leading companies about the approaches they use to make the case for transformative action – and why integrating climate and sustainability into the business makes great business sense.
2:00 – 2:10 Keynote Peter Madden, CEO, Forum for the Future
2:10 – 3:00 Next Practice panel speakers Kersten-Karl Barth, Director, Sustainability, Siemens
Robert ter Kuile, Senior Director Environmental Sustainability – Global Public Policy, PepsiCo
Andrew Hobday, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mars

Moderator: Jennifer Morgan, Director, Climate and Energy Program, WRI
3:00 – 3:15 Q&A/Discussion Moderator: Jennifer Morgan, Director, Climate and Energy Program, WRI
3:15 – 3:30 Coffee Break

Panel Two: Achieving the promise of green jobs and investment

Presented by:

This session will present successful policy strategies that countries have used to develop globally competitive clean technology industries and the resulting benefits in terms of jobs, investments and installed renewable energy capacity.
3:30 – 4:15 Open Climate Network panel speakers Jochen Flasbarth, President, German Federal Environment Agency
Dr. Emilio La Rovere, Head of the Center for Integrated Studies on Climate Change and the Environment at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Chief Scientific Advisor to CDKN, Brazil
I.H. Reham, Director, Social Transformation, The Energy and Resources Institute, India
Michael Liebreich, Chief Executive Officer, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
4:15 – 4:45 Q&A/Discussion Moderator: Manish Bapna, WRI Interim President
4:45 – 5:00 Break

Panel Three: GHG Protocol tools for businesses and policymakers

Presented by:

This session will give an overview of the internationally accepted standards the GHG Protocol is developing to give both businesses and policymakers the tools they need to effectively measure and manage their emissions impacts.
5:10 – 5:20 Announcement of special initiative on Brazilian agriculture TBD
5:00 – 5:10 Keynote Carlos Klink, Brazilian National Secretary on Climate Change and Environmental Quality
5:20 – 5:45 Introduction to the GHG Protocol

Standards and tools for businesses:

  • Value Chain Initiative (Scope 3 & Product Standards)
  • Agricultural Guidance

Standards and tools for policymakers:

  • City-level Accounting Standard
  • Mitigation Accounting Guidelines

Wee Kean Fong and Kaleigh Robinson, GHG Protocol, WRI
5:45 – 5:55 Q&A/Discussion Moderator: TBD
5:55 – 6:00 Closing

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