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Business Day at UNFCCC COP 14
Poznań, Poland | 9 December 2008

An overhead view of the morning session.

Business Day was held in parallel to the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Poznań, Poland on 9 December 2008. The event was organized to facilitate dialogue between high-level business and government experts committed to reaching a positive outcome of the Bali Action Plan.

Business Day at UNFCCC COP 14 brought together business leaders, government representatives and others to explore regional, national and sectoral perspectives on these issues and deliver clear business insights and ideas designed to help government delegations make progress toward a workable climate policy framework. It provided coherent business messages aimed at contributing to the negotiation process by interrelating the themes of the Bali Action Plan with the four main areas of business capability and initiative: energy efficiency and demand side management; technology development and deployment; carbon markets and financing; and sectoral approaches. The event featured panel sessions on a shared long-term vision, mitigation, adaptation, technology, and financing and investing; a high-level session; and discussions with participants. It highlighted the business community's concerns and recommendations for a post-2012 framework, and brainstormed ways in which the business community can contribute to the ongoing UNFCCC discussions on this topic.

The event was organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

A Shared Long-Term Vision

The panelists on a shared long-term vision presented on a variety of topics, including the economic implications of climate change policies and the need to improve and expand market-based mechanisms. L-R: Business Day Moderator Claude Fussler, UN Caring for Climate; Guy Sebban, Secretary General, ICC; Marcin Korolec, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economy, Poland; Björn Stigson, President, WBCSD; Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC.

Marcin Korolec, Poland.

Björn Stigson, WBCSD.

Guy Sebban, ICC.

The second panel of the day addressed mitigation as a significant challenge for the business community; that requires business participation in ongoing emissions reductions, investments and input into designing sectoral approaches. L-R: David Hone, Shell, UK; Lars Josefsson, President and CEO, Vattenfall, Sweden; Kazuhiko Hombu, Director General, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan; Nick Campbell, ICC; Ian Christmas, Director General, World Steel Association, Belgium; Lasse Nord, Norsk Hydro, Norway; Fernando Tudela Abad, Undersecretary for Planning and Environmental Policy, Ministry for Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico; Philippe de Buck, Director General, BUSINESSEUROPE, Belgium.

Philippe de Buck, BUSINESSEUROPE.

Fernando Tudela Abad, Mexico.

Kazuhiko Hombu, Japan.

Lars Josefsson, Vattenfall, Sweden.

Ian Christmas, World Steel Association.

Discussant Claudia Wörmann, Federation of German Industries.
Panelists called for business involvement in developing adaptation strategies and highlighted adaptation as a key building block in the global climate change response which, they noted, means different things in different sectors and locales.

Mandy Rambharos, Eskom, South Africa.

Andrew Roberts, ConocoPhillips Europe, UK.

Joachim Krueger, European Chemical Industry Council.

Michael Zarin, Vestas Wind Systems, Denmark.

Amb. Harlan Watson, Special Envoy to UNFCCC, USA.

Amb. Byron Blake, Antigua and Barbuda, G-77/China Chair.

Amb. Brice Lalond, France.

Business Day participants enjoyed lunch while listening to keynote business and government statements.

The technology panel highlighted the need for new technologies, and policies to foster effective technology development and technology transfer. L-R: Moderator Laurent Corbier, Areva, France; Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA); Jukka Uosukainen, Chair, Expert Group on Technology Transfer, UNFCCC; Yoshiharu Tachibana, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Japan; Jean-Paul Bouttes, Electricité de France (EDF), France.

Yoshiharu Tachibana, TEPCO.

Jukka Uosukainen, Finland.

Nobuo Tanaka, IEA.
Financing and Investing

The panel on financing and investing expressed points of both optimism and pessimism, particularly regarding the potential effect of the credit crunch. L-R: Michael Lehmann, Det Norske Veritas, Norway; Henry Derwent, President and CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA); Peter Gardiner, Mondi, UK; Joëlle Chassard, the World Bank; Richard Gledhill, PricewaterhouseCoopers, UK.

Henry Derwent, IETA.

Peter Gardiner, Mondi, UK.

Joëlle Chassard, the World Bank.

The final panel summarized the day's discussions and called on governments to give clear signals that they are committed to reaching an agreement next year. L-R: Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC; Björn Stigson, President, WBCSD; Guy Sebban, Secretary General, ICC.

Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC.

Guy Sebban, ICC.

Björn Stigson, WBCSD.
Around Business Day

Visiting the World Steel booth.

The Business Day banner.

Visiting the BDIinitiativ booth.

Floral arrangements on cocktail tables.

Barbara Black, WBCSD, with participants.

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