Tuesday, 9th Dec 2014

International Interconnections & Favouring a Clean Energy Matrix to Ensure Energy Supply in Latin America

Hosted by Luis Fernando Alarcón, Chief Executive Officer, ISA

- Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP
- Gabriel Quijandria, Deputy Minister for Strategic Development of Natural Resources, Ministry of the Environment, Peru

-President Felipe Calderon, Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

-Master of Ceremonies: Naysan Sahba, Director, Division of Communications and Public Information, UNEP

The latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes clear the importance of putting a price on carbon – World Bank Statement

Strengthening carbon pricing policies to redirect investment, manage risks and opportunities
Government Case Studies: Implementing a carbon tax to incentivise pollution reduction and lessons learned from phasing out fossil fuel subsidies
Is emission reduction compatible with economic growth? How carbon pricing can stimulate clean technology, market innovation and low-carbon drivers of economic growth
Presentation of findings: 2014 UNEP Gap Emissions Report         


-Moderator: Christian Grossman, Director for Climate Change, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

- Jose Guerra, Minister of Environment, Mexico
- Lord Nicholas Stern, Economist, Grantham Research Institute
- James Bacchus, Trade and Investment Commission Chair, ICC, High Level Advisory Panel to the President of the COP
- Bert Metz, Climate policy expert, UN IPCC Mitigation co-chair for TAR & AR4, Advisor with European Climate Foundation

Hosted by Climate KIC

Introduction by: Andrea Karpati, Head of Policy, Climate KIC

“What we need to have invested in the energy sector and in the green infrastructure in order to make the transformation that we need in order to stay within 2C is one trillion dollars a year and we are way, way behind that.” Christiana Figueres

  • Enabling innovative sustainable technologies to attain financing and development for separate mitigation and adaptation solutions
  • Understand economic trade-offs for investment, specifically the immediate localised benefits of adaptation and the longer-term global benefits of mitigation
  • Case studies of resourceful financing from across the value chain
  • How the growth of sustainable stock exchanges, investor-led initiatives and environmental, social and ethical criteria can encourage responsible investing


- Moderator: Remco Fischer, Climate Change, UNEP-FI
- Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President responsible for Environment and Climate Action, European Investment Bank (EIB)
- Luis Enrique Berrizbeitia, Executive Vice President, Banco de Desarrollo de America Latina (CAF)
- Héla Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund

-Pavan Sukhdev, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador

Matthias Zoellner, Head of Division, Environment, Climate and Social Office, EIB

Hosted by UNEP and OzHarvest -Think.Eat.Save

Introduction and Q&A with: Ronni Kahn, Founder & CEO, OzHarvest

-Mark Radka, Energy Branch Chief, UNEP 

-Gerard Owens, Co-ordinator, Public Policy Issues, European Patent Office

In the last 2 years, 100 million+ people have migrated to cities and they will house up to three quarters of the worlds population in 2050.

  • With the increasing importance as the cornerstone of the global population, which low carbon innovation development is enabling sustainable urbanisation?
  • Understand the crucial, replicable elements of urban mobility, buildings and telecommunications to a successfully ‘decarbonised’ city
  • The role of climate adaptation through energy efficiency and infrastructure
  • Lessons learned: A Latin American megacity case study of a holistic and integrated sustainable system


- Moderator: Jane Burston, Future of Urbanisation Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum
- Glenn Schmidt, Head of Steering Government Affairs, BMW Group

-Celia Blauel, Deputy Mayor, Paris (accepted in principle)

- Iris Flacco, Department of Environment and Energy, Regione Abruzzo

-Gino van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI

Ronald Cotterman, Vice President, Sustainability, Sealed Air

A growing population means that the world’s finite resources of energy, water and land will be stretched and the impact of climate change will be felt acutely.  The sustainable growth and efficient use of these elements to guard against future climate impact is crucial.

  • How renewable and integrated energy infrastructure, efficient use of water and land use can vastly reduce our carbon output on the road to a sustainable future
  • Local and global solutions to ensure low-carbon resource availability to a growing population in need of energy, food and water
  • How to enable integrating thinking between sectors to enable resource management, waste reduction and the creation of a circular economy.


- Moderator: Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Director, University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL)

- Fernando Zavala Lombardi, Managing Director Peru, SABMiller, former Minister of Economy and Finance, Peru

- Maria Helena Semedo, Assistant Director-General, FAO
- Luis Fernando Alarcón, Chief Executive Officer, ISA
- Carlos d’Arce Junior, Marketing Director for Latin America Region, New Holland Agriculture

- José da Costa Carvalho Neto, Chair of the Programme Committee of the World Energy Council and Chief Executive Officer of Eletrobras

- Peter Holmgren, Director General, CIFOR

Alessandra Marinheiro, Chief Executive Officer, ContourGlobal Latam

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC (accepted in principle)

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