From Luca De Giovanetti at World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Mon day 29 June : “Going beyond individual company action for system decarbonization” (featuring the built environment) (10:00-11:30 CEST and repeated at 16:00-17:30 CEST) –register here (to be done 24hr before)
To decarbonize a whole system, companies need to look beyond their own direct and indirect impact and target setting and collaborate with their clients, suppliers and investors and leverage their influencing position to trigger systemic change and overcome external barriers to accelerate efforts towards net-zero emissions. As an illustration of the WBCSD SOS1.5 strategy, the session will take the example of the built environment where, to achieve real systemic change, we need to leverage the influence companies have over other parts of the system. The session will explain the joint responsibilities and possible actions through a dialogue with a material provider, a construction firm and a real estate / investment firm, and it will then open the discussion on the relevance of the systems approach for other systems as well. Speakers will be from: Arcadis, ARUP, BNP Paribas, LafargeHolcim, Majid-al-Futtaim, New World Development, P&G, Saint-Gobain, Skanska, CDP and WRI.
Additional event within our programme:
Wed 1 July : “Transformative City-Business Partnerships” (featuring the City-Business Climate Alliance) (10:00-11:30 CEST and repeated at 16:00-17:30 CEST) – register here
This event will put the spotlight on the City-Business Climate Alliance (CBCA), which aims at accelerating climate action through city-business collaboration. C40 Cities, CDP and WBCSD have created this two-tier network of cities and businesses to create systemic change through joint climate action. Participating cities, including Boston, Helsinki, Manchester, Stockholm and Durban, will talk about why they need strategic engagement with business and what they expect, and companies will provide insights on how they can align their climate action with cities. Speakers will be from: C40, CDP, Boston Green Ribbon Commission, Helsinki Smart and Clean Foundation, the cities of Manchester, Stockholm and Durban (tbc), ENEL, ENGIE, Arcadis and BNP Paribas.