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BSR COP21 Daily Dispatches
 

November 30 / Day 1

Editor’s Note

Welcome to the first edition of the BSR COP21 Daily Dispatch, which we will publish daily during the COP21 climate negotiations, today through December 11. Our dispatch offers BSR’s insights on the policy negotiations and implications for business and a sustainable future for our climate.

Today’s edition features the key policy recommendations business is asking of government ministers negotiating the Paris Agreement; BSR’s latest climate blogs and articles, including a blog about where you can engage with BSR’s climate delegation and business experts over the next two weeks; a short list of upcoming events BSR is tracking at COP21; and a selection of must-read articles and papers that will help keep you informed of the policy negotiations and the role for business in climate progress.

We hope to see you in Paris over the next two weeks, and we look forward to working with you to build a low-carbon world that is inevitable, irreversible, and irresistible.

Edward Cameron


What's Important Now

Business leaders are calling on government ministers to create an ambitious, actionable climate agreement that will catalyze bold business leadership on climate action following COP21. On November 24, BSR and the other partners in the We Mean Business coalition submitted a set of eight recommendations to government negotiators that outline the long-term policy certainty and clarity, as well as the regulatory and financial incentives that are required to establish a level playing field for business. This unprecedented publication also translates the generic call for action into specific written text for climate negotiators to use in the final agreement.

Here’s an overview of what We Mean Business partners are asking government negotiators to include in the final Paris Agreement:

  • A collective, long-term goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions well before the end of the century
  • A requirement that governments return to the negotiating table every five years to strengthen their commitments
  • A system to ensure governments are transparent in accounting for and reporting on their mitigation and financial commitments

BSR's Climate Insights

Below are links to BSR’s latest climate blogs and articles related to COP21. And for real-time insights, follow us on Twitter: @BSRnews.

  • Business Asks COP21 Negotiators for Specific Text in Paris Agreement to Ensure Ambition Read more
  • How Business Can Participate in COP21 Read more
  • Where BSR Will Be at COP21 Read more
  • To Catalyze Business Action, the Paris Climate Agreement Must Signal a Low-Carbon Economy Read more
  • Climate Panel Explores Low-Carbon Future at the BSR Conference 2015 Read more
  • Business Has Three Priorities for Climate Negotiators in Bonn Read more

Events

With so many events and activities taking place in Paris throughout COP21, here’s a short list of events BSR is hosting and where we will have speakers:

  • December 1, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the Climate Generations Area (Green Zone) at Le Bourget

    BSR’s Managing Director of Partnership Development and Research Edward Cameron will be speaking at "Built to Last: A Functional Agreement to Meet Global Needs," hosted by the World Resource Institute.

  • December 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Galerie des Solutions at Le Bourget

    BSR and Field to Market are hosting “From Field to Market: Leadership and Collaboration in U.S. and Global Agriculture,” an event sponsored by PepsiCo. For more information, visit www.bsr.org/en/events/view/from-field-to-market-leadership-and-collaboration.

  • December 3, 3-4:30 p.m., in the Conference Center (Blue Zone) at Le Bourget, Observer Room 3

    BSR’s Managing Director of Partnership Development and Research Edward Cameron will be speaking at the event “Scaling-Up Private Sector Financing for Adaptation Projects,” hosted by Canada’s International Development Research Centre, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance, the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Partnership, and the International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer.

  • December 4, 3-6:15 p.m., in the Conference Center (Blue Zone) at Le Bourget

    BSR will be hosting an event on “Short-Lived Climate Pollutants” as part of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda. BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer will provide an address and showcase companies that have pledged to reduce emissions from short-lived climate pollutants, as well as private-sector initiatives led by the UNEP-Climate and Clean Air Coalition. BSR will also preview reports written on the topic with the UNEP-Climate and Clean Air Coalition, which will be released in early 2016. For more information, visit newsroom.unfccc.int/lpaa/events/#COP21.

  • December 7, 6:30-8 p.m., in the Conference Center (Blue Zone) at Le Bourget, Observer Room 3

    BSR, in partnership with the UNEP-Climate Clean Air Coalition, the government of Norway, the Colombian Center for Sustainable Development Studies, and the World Bank, will be holding the event, “Reducing Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations,” where BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer will be moderating the discussion. BSR will preview the launch of its 2016 reports on the topic, written with the UNEP-Climate and Clean Air Coalition. This event is open to anyone who has a badge for the Blue Zone.

  • December 8, 11:45 a.m.-12:40 p.m., at the Stade de France

    BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer will be speaking during the “Innovation for Business Advantage” session at the UNEP-Climate Action’s Sustainable Innovation Forum. For more information about the two-day event, visit www.cop21paris.org.

  • December 9, 6:30-8 p.m., in the Conference Center (Blue Zone) at Le Bourget

    BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer will speak at the UNEP-Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s official side event on “Short-Lived Climate Pollutants,” which will highlight how reducing these emissions can result in economic, development, and health benefits. This event is open to anyone who has a badge for the Blue Zone.


What We're Reading

In preparation for our two weeks at COP21, here’s what’s on our reading list:

  • COP21 | Climate Change—The New Economy | November 23, 2015
    Read More
  • Climate Action Now: Summary for Policymakers 2015 | UNFCC | November 18, 2015
    Read More
  • From Copenhagen Through Paris: A New Era for Climate Action | Climate Nexus | November 16, 2015
    Read More
  • G20 Leaders Communiqué Agreed in Antalya | November 16, 2015
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