Live in New York: Innovating to meet the climate challenge

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To deliver on the Paris Agreement on climate change reached in December 2015, the world needs action and investment on an unprecedented scale.

Getting there requires innovation – in technology, policy, entrepreneurship and financing. Breakthroughs are happening on all these fronts, driven by the private sector, international organizations, civil society and forward-looking governments.

The World Bank Group and Responding to Climate Change Limited (RTCC) are proud to host ‘Innovating to Meet the Climate Challenge,’ a half-day event looking at emerging innovations and the new opportunities they bring.

Event Agenda (all times US East Coast)

2:00 pm Opening remarks by Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group

2:30 pm Session 1: Using Carbon Pricing Revenue to Jumpstart Innovation

  • H.E. Dr. Hakima El Haite, Delegate Minister in Charge of Environment, Morocco and COP22 Host
  • Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada
  • Laura Tuck – Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank
  • Feike Sijbesma, CEO, Royal DSM
  • Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo, Deputy Secretary of Planning and Environmental Policy, Mexico
  • Feike Sijbesma  – CEO, Royal DSM
  • David Heurtel – Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Quebec, Canada
  • Anirban Ghosh, Vice President, Sustainability, Mahindra & Mahindra

Moderator: Lance Pierce, President, CDP North America

4:00 pm: Coffee Break

4:30 pm Session 2: Driving Climate Innovation in Developing Countries

Opening remarks by Nena Stoiljkovic, Vice President, Global Client Services, IFC

Challenge 1: “How Can Financial Innovation Drive Climate Action?” 

  • Namita Vikas – Group President & Managing Director, Climate Strategy & Responsible Banking, Yes Bank
  • Ashley Schulten – Head of Fixed Income Climate Solutions, Blackrock
  • Kyung-Ah Park, Managing Director, Head of Environmental Markets, Goldman, Sachs & Co

Challenge 2: “How Can We Bring Good Ideas to Scale?” 

  • Tehut Tesfaye – CEO, Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center
  • Ron Margalit – Principal, Development Financing, Lumos Ltd
  • Bill Bien – Global Head of Strategy, Marketing and Alliances, Philips Lighting, Philips

Moderator: Ed King, Editor, Climate Home

6:00 pm: High level remarks by Ségolène Royal, Minister of Environment, Energy and the Sea, in charge of International Relations on Climate, President of CoP 21, France

6:35 pm: Closing by John Roome, Senior Director,Climate Change, World Bank

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