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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Businesses and Investors Pioneering the Green Economy highlight Multi-Trillion Dollar Opportunity

We'll be reporting on the Paris Talks (and interviewing attendees from different organizations) but this pre-conference look at the Green Economy side of the meeting is worth looking at again.  This first appeared on our main site at Renewable

The investments, as you will see here, in the Green Economy are almost staggering.  They bode well for migration away from fossil-fuel driven commerce.  It is going to be a great ride of transformation and change.

 Photo credit: greensefa

Corporate leaders, government ministers and international development banks leading the transition to a green economy will highlight the multi-trillion dollar business opportunities in responding to climate change at the Sustainable Innovation Forum, the largest business-focussed event held during the COP21 Paris Climate Summit.

More than 750 delegates from countries all over the world will debate how businesses, financiers, cities and states, can work together to invest hundreds of billions a year in transforming energy, transport, cities and agriculture to meet global climate change targets.

The two-day event at the Stade de France, organised by Climate Action and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), aims to accelerate the development of a low-carbon, green economy by showcasing innovative technology solutions, sharing pioneering thinking, and building cross-sector partnerships.

The Sustainable Innovation Forum will be opened by Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director UNEP, and Dr Hakima El Haite, Minister of Energy, Mining, Water and the Environment of Morocco, which will host the 2016 COP21 UN Climate Summit in Marrakech.

More than 80 world class speakers will take part in the two-day programme involving multinational business leaders, entrepreneurs, government ministers from five continents, top executives from international development banks, and thought leaders from NGOs and think tanks.

Achim Steiner said: “As momentum for a sustainable future grows, we are already seeing the enormous opportunities for business of an inclusive green economy. We need look no further than the power sector, where last year half of all new infrastructure investments – some $270 billion – were in renewables. The market for low-carbon technologies and innovations is not some future concept. It is thriving today, and offers huge potential for those who would capitalise on it.”
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