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November 25, 2015
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Clean Energy Business Leaders Call for Governments to Deliver Durable Climate Agreement at COP 21 in Paris
Washington, DC—The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is leading an industry delegation to Paris, France for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP)/11th Meeting of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The coalition of clean energy industries represented by the Council calls for governments to work constructively and judiciously in Paris to finalize an agreement that not only articulates the world’s fight against climate change, but also facilitates higher levels of ambition over time.
“The design and structure of this new agreement is critical, as it will affect investment in, and deployment of, the clean energy technologies that are needed to enable economies to adopt low-carbon development pathways,” remarked BCSE President Lisa Jacobson.
The Council and its members participate at the annual COP to demonstrate how a diverse and clean portfolio of energy solutions – including demand-side and supply-side energy efficiency, natural gas, carbon capture utilization and storage, and renewable energy resources (biomass, biogas, geothermal, hydropower, solar, waste to energy and wind) – is a necessary element of any country strategy to reduce emissions and promote low-carbon, sustainable economic growth.
In looking towards a Paris outcome, the BCSE seeks an international agreement that provides the clarity and transparency to businesses and the marketplace that will drive accelerated investment in cleaner energy sources and more-efficient energy use.
The key elements of a Paris agreement and supporting decisions include:
- Participation by all countries to address climate change.
- A clear and durable structure that provides transparent and predictable schedules for the monitoring, review and evaluation of emissions mitigation targets and timetables, with a built-in mechanism to adjust country goals and actions as needed over a longer time horizon.
- Continued international climate finance support by donor countries, both to meet existing commitments and to expand public-private finance mechanisms in a post-2020 environment.
- Protection of innovation systems that enable the deployment of existing clean-energy solutions and creation of next generation low-carbon technology solutions. When the private sector makes investment decisions in a country, it assesses a potential market based on the existence of stable policies, sound infrastructure, and effective legal frameworks that encourage competition and innovation and that protect intellectual property rights (IPRs).
- Recognition of the role of market-based mechanisms as cost-effective cooperative tools for countries to meet mitigation and development objectives, accompanied by an accounting system to protect environmental integrity and to avoid double-counting of emissions reductions.
- Recognition of the role of the private sector and the need for public-private partnerships to deliver the technology solutions and investment capital needed to transform the energy sector and help close the ambition gap between national targets and a 2°C pathway. The preparations for COP 21 in Paris have made new inroads toward recognizing the necessity and importance of the contributions of the private sector, cities, states and other non-state actors in addressing climate change. These actors and their contributions should be recognized in the new global framework that governs climate action into the future.
Delegation and Contacts
Alliance to Save Energy
American Gas Association
Corn Refiners Association
Demand Response & Smart Grid Coalition
First Environment, Inc.
Global Policy Associates
Jupiter Oxygen Corporation
Kingspan Insulated Panels - North America
Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association
Resource Mobilization Advisors
Solar Energy Industries Association
U.S. Green Building Council
For media inquiries or to schedule a meeting with members of the BCSE delegation, please contact Laura Tierney (firstname.lastname@example.org).
BCSE Exhibit Booth at USA Pavilion at La Galerie of Low-Carbon Solutions, December 2-9
Wednesday, December 2
Transformation in the Energy Sector and Achieving INDCs
11:30 – 13:00, Room OR-08, Official UNFCCC Side Event.
Hosts: International Council for Sustainable Energy (ICSE) and Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP)
Private Sector Dialogue on Green Climate Fund
12:00 – 13:00, Room: IETA Pavilion.
Hosts: International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and BCSE
Thursday, December 3
US Center Side Event: Building the Global Clean Energy Economy
17:45 – 18:45, Room: US Center.
Hosts: BCSE and US Department of Commerce
Friday, December 4
A Key to Energizing Efficient, Productive & Smart Cities and Grids
15:00 – 16:30, Room OR-02, Official UNFCCC Side Event.
Hosts: BCSE, Alliance to Save Energy and Demand Response & Smart Grid Coalition
Saturday, December 5
Enabling Clean Energy Implementation through Policy, Technology, Innovation and Finance
14:30 – 16:00, Room: Plenary Hall, La Galerie of Low Carbon Solutions.
Hosts: US Department of Energy, BCSE, Northeast Clean Energy Council and other USA Pavilion Exhibitors
US Center Side Event: An Efficient Response to Climate Change: How Energy Efficiency is Making Consumers, Businesses, and Citizens a Part of the Fight
15:45 – 16:45. Room: US Center.
Hosts: BCSE and Department of Commerce
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