Forum Updates

Thank you from the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012

Climate Action, the organisers of the Sustainable Innovation Forum which took place in Doha on the 6th December, in partnership with UNEP, would like to thank all those that attended and contributed to what was certainly an engaging and stimulating forum and debate. Special thanks also to our Sponsors and Partners, led by Platinum Sponsor - OSRAM and additionally including New Holland Agriculture, SAES, the Yasuní-ITT initiative, Siemens, Hisense and the Republic of Chad. Over 400 delegates from business, governments and international NGOs including Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, attended on the day, with a session from the forum webcast internationally to a global audience.

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012 is profound success as crucial messages are put across

The Sustainable Innovation Forum closed at 22:00 in Doha on Thursday, December 6 and is being hailed by Partners, Sponsors and organisers as a profound success. The Forum attracted around 400 delegates that included leaders from business, industries, NGO's and UN governing bodies and the crucial topics within the climate change and sustainable development debates were discussed and genuine solutions were proposed. The Forum included keynote speeches from Sheikha Athba Bint Thamer Al-Thani, representing the State of Qatar, Nick Nuttall, Acting Director of Communications at UNEP, and Arne Otto, OSRAM's Senior Vice President and the speeches kicked off the Forum in impressive fashion, laying the foundations for three high level plenary panels. The panels focussed on public-private partnerships, sustainable cities and technology and innovation and a number of important solutions and alternatives were put forward by experts including Minister Ivonne A-Baki of Ecuador, Dr Fadil Basyyoni, President of Saudi Asma Environmental Solutions and Gaurav Sood, Head of Crop Solutions at New Holland Agriculture in India. The Forum also included two highly successful 'UNEP and Siemens Practitioners Debates' at which the Qatar Green Building Council, United Nations Development Programme and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability were represented. From 18.30 to 19.30 there was a unique Harvard Business Review Webinar introduced by Achim Steiner. This panel discussion, in partnership with Future Influencers, a community initiated by Siemens was entitled 'Future of Energy: Building a Sustainable Future - Unlocking the Energy Challenge' and was broadcasted to thousands of viewers via a web link.

UNEP’s pivotal Sustainable Innovation Forum starts tomorrow at 14:00 in Doha

There is just one day until the Sustainable Innovation Forum – the largest international forum alongside COP18 Doha and the only forum of its kind to be organised in official partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – the global voice of the environment. Join us as COP18 draws to a close to discuss the future challengers and influencers. Interest in the forum remains extraordinarily high – over 1,200 delegates have registered an interest in attending, including representatives from 68 countries and strong representation across government, business, media and NGO sectors. We strongly advise delegates to attend early to avoid disappointment due to capacity restrictions at the Intercontinental Hotel, West Bay Lagoon, Doha. The Sustainable Innovation Forum is delighted to confirm that UNEP Executive Director, and Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, Achim Steiner will be taking part in Plenary Panel 1 on government and business interactions within sustainability between 14:50 and 15:50. The forum is delighted to announce that Hisense have joined the growing list of sponsors and partners supporting the event. Hisense is a leading electronics and white-goods manufacturer, based in China, and is strongly committed to sustainable development. We very much welcome their involvement and input into the forum’s technology and innovation panel.

BROAD AGENDA ON THE 6TH DECEMBER

  • 13:00 - 14:00       Registration opens and light refreshments.
  • 14:00 - 14:50       Opening Keynote speeches.
  • 14:50 - 20:30       Plenary sessions and Practitioners Debates
  • 20:30 - 22:00       Closing  keynote speeches, followed by networking with complimentary drinks and canapés.

 

Sustainable Innovation Forum delighted to announce Thierry Berthoud will represent WBCSD on Panel I

The Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012 is delighted to announce that Thierry Berthoud, Managing Director for Energy & Climate at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), will be representing the Council on Panel I at the Forum. Mr. Berthoud is an engineer, holding a PhD in materials sciences, and spent the first part of his career within the French nuclear public industry and the second part within the private sector, including 17 years in the aluminium industry (Pechiney, Alcan) and three years with Alstom Power where he worked as Senior Vice President advising on CO2 related business strategy. Mr. Berthoud, who leads the WBCSD Energy and Climate work programme, said: “We can only achieve a sustainable world – and naturally, this includes climate - if we collaborate on all fronts: government, society and business. This is something I will reference at the Sustainable Innovation Forum. As the voice of progressive business, the WBCSD is committed to bringing these groups together to effect meaningful change."

The Yasuní-ITT Initiative joins the Sustainable Innovation Forum as Gold Sponsors

The Sustainable Innovation Forum is delighted to announce that the Yasuní-ITT initiative, the emblematic project of the Government of Ecuador, has joined as Gold Sponsor, and that Secretary of State, Ivonne A. Baki will be speaking at the Forum on Plenary Panel 1. The Yasuní-ITT Initiative stems from Ecuador’s unique commitment to keep reserves of 846 million barrels of oil indefinitely underground. These reserves are found in the ITT fields (Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini) located in Yasuní National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, and home to two indigenous cultures living in voluntary isolation. The Yasuní-ITT Initiative is exactly the kind of innovate project the Sustainable Innovation Forum is set-up to showcase. The Initiative addresses climate change by preventing the release of carbon reserves into the atmosphere, involving the non-exploitation of the vast oil reserves to be left indefinitely underground and, in the case of forests, guaranteeing the conservation of vast carbon sinks. The Secretary of State for the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, Ivonne A. Baki, was appointed by Ecuador’s President, Rafael Correa, to lead negotiations to protect the Amazon’s most biodiverse region in all of South America and we are both delighted and privileged that she will be present at the forum, and will speak during the forum’s opening panel debate. The Sustainable Innovation Forum takes place on the 6th December, between 14:00 and 22:00 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Al Isteqlal, West Bay Lagoon, Doha.

 

Sustainable Innovation Forum to be the largest business, government and NGO forum alongside COP18

With less than five weeks until the Sustainable Innovation Forum, the summit is continuing to increase in size, scale and stature. Taking place on the 6th December, between 14:00 and 22:00 at the Intercontinental Hotel, West Bay Lagoon, Doha. The Sustainable Innovation Forum is delighted to confirm that Siemens have joined as a Strategic Partner. One of the worlds largest providers of green technologies and with an impressive environmental portfolio on a truly global scale, Siemens will also be hosting two Practitioners Debates in close cooperation with UNEP as an integral part of the forum’s updated agenda. As a result of the forum’s new partnership with Siemens, the programme has been updated. Please visit http www.cop18qatar.com/agenda/ to view the latest agenda. We are delighted to confirm that Thomas Kerr, Director for Climate Change and Green Growth Initiatives at the World Economic Forum will be speaking on Plenary Panel 3 (Technology & Innovation) at the Sustainable Innovation Forum. Almost 500 delegates are now registered for the Sustainable Innovation Forum, representing a 15% increase on numbers from this time last year. Latest delegate registrations include senior figures from Qatar Airways, BMW Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Qatar Petroleum, plus the Governments of Denmark, Qatar, Algeria, Mexico, Ecuador and Japan.

Siemens joins the Sustainable Innovation Forum

The Sustainable Innovation Forum is delighted to confirm that Siemens have joined as a Strategic Partner. One of the worlds largest providers of green technologies and with an impressive environmental portfolio on a truly global scale, Siemens will also be hosting two Practitioners Debates  in close cooperation with UNEP as an integral part of the forum’s updated agenda. More details on this exciting new partnership to follow….

 

New Holland Agriculture joins the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012 as Gold Sponsor alongside COP18

Climate Action is delighted to formally announce that New Holland Agriculture has joined the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012 as Gold Sponsor, and welcomes its senior speaker, Mr Gaurav Sood, Head of Crop Solutions at New Holland Agriculture India.

New Holland Agriculture is a global leader in the manufacture of agricultural equipment and is fully committed to delivering sustainable and efficient agricultural mechanisation solutions for the agribusiness sector’s long term growth.

Mr Gaurav Sood brings more than 20 years of experience in the agriculture industry, with a strong expertise in agricultural mechanisation. He has in-depth knowledge in evaluating agricultural trends and assessing appropriate farming technologies and equipment. He is also an expert in bio-mass collection systems.

Franco Fusignani, President of New Holland Agriculture, commented: “Climate change represents one of the greatest challenges of our age, but it can also be seen as an opportunity to catalyse a transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient, sustainable agriculture. That is how we at New Holland Agriculture see it, and we believe that, as an agricultural equipment manufacturer, we have a role to play in supporting local farming communities through a smooth transition to a sustainable development while protecting natural resources for future generations”.

“New Holland has been working in agricultural projects around the world to ease countries’ transition to sustainable mechanised farming, integrating innovations and good practices and offering efficient farming solutions that optimise the use of resources and increase productivity while cutting down costs, fuel consumption and emissions” -– added Franco Fusignani. “When agriculture is approached with a long term vision of sustainable growth, such a healthy agriculture is good for our business, good for the environment, and good for the local community.”

 

International media representatives registered to attend the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012

Media representatives and business journalists from a number of leading regional and international broadcasters and newspapers are already registered to attend the Sustainable Innovation Forum – one of the pivotal business and governmental forums alongside COP18 Doha.

Media organisations that are registered to attend the forum include Thomson Reuters, Qatar Today, Deutsche Welle, Gulf Times, BBC World and Bloomberg, reinforcing the senior level of debate and discussion that will be present at the event.

The Sustainable Innovation Forum, organised in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme is taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel, West Bay Lagoon, Doha on 6 December 2012 and will once again act as an important forum for over 300 business, government and NGO delegates to discuss the outcomes of COP18 and analyse the solutions needed to encourage global sustainability and the green economy.

The Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012 is organised by Green Media Ltd, and is part of the Climate Action Programme, a global communications platform run in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

OSRAM joins the Sustainable Innovation Forum as Platinum Sponsor

Climate Action is delighted to announce that OSRAM has joined the Sustainable Innovation Forum as the Platinum Sponsor.

Climate Action, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will once again host a high-level forum alongside the UNFCCC COP18 proceedings. The forum taking place at InterContinental Hotel, Doha on 6 December– will feature senior government representatives, global business leaders, representatives from UN governing bodies and non-governmental organisations; all committed to sustainability, carbon neutrality and furthering the green economy. The forum will include panel discussions designed to encourage genuine debate between policy-makers and the corporate world.

Dr. Constantin Birnstiel, Chief Sustainability Officer, OSRAM AG said: “Since lighting accounts for around 20 percent of global electricity consumption, energy efficient products such as LEDs are key to a sustainable and green future. As a long-term partner of different sustainability initiatives OSRAM strongly supports the combat against climate change with energy-efficient lighting around the globe.”

Adam Nethersole, Director of Green Media, the forum organisers says: “We are absolutely delighted to have OSRAM on-board as Platinum Sponsors. As a leading lighting manufacturer, OSRAM is a key actor in terms of global climate action - constantly developing technical and process innovations in order to reduce CO2 emissions – and as such, is extremely well qualified to add insight and value to the Forum.“

UN Global Compact and Stakeholder Forum join the Sustainable Innovation Forum as partners

In addition to our existing supporting partners, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Green Building Council and the Carbon Disclosure Project, the Sustainable Innovation Forum is now delighted to welcome the Stakeholder Forum and UN Global Compact as supporting partners. Together these five organisations represent a wide cross-section of the international sustainable development agenda and will ensure the forum discussions focus on the actions and solutions needed to increase global sustainability and the advancement of the green economy.

Speaking on behalf of the Stakeholder Forum, Farooq Ullah, Executive Director, said: “The Sustainable Innovation Forum offers an excellent opportunity for stakeholders to enter into dialogues about the world's most pressing issues, and even more importantly, to begin to develop real world solutions to these issues.”

The forum, which is taking place on 6 December at the InterContinental Hotel, West Bay, Doha is proving popular with over 240 executives, officials and media representatives already registered. The Forum will feature plenary debates as well as VIP speakers led by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and His Excellency Idriss Déby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad.

 

ICLEI joins the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012 as a partner

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability  has joined the Sustainable Innovation Forum as a partner.  The association is made up of over 1,220 local government members who are committed to sustainable development. Our members come from 70 different countries and represent more than 569,885,000 people.

Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, ICLEI's Secretary General, said: "Low-carbon, low-emission or even carbon-neutral cities, are the signposts to sustainability. Cities account for 70-80% of global carbon dioxide emissions.Therefore, an effective international climate agreement must include a focus on urban greenhouse gas reduction. Cities and local governments, however, must not wait for an international agreement to be reached but should act ambitiously and rapidly. ICLEI look forward to this crucial area being discussed at the Sustainable Innovation Forum in Doha, Qatar.”

Adam Nethersole, Director of Green Media, the forum organisers says, “We welcome ICLEI’s support for this event. The commitment of the local government members to sustainable development is a key component to climate action in order to drive sustainability from a local level.”

Further updates on the agenda and speakers will be released shortly.

Carbon Dislosure Project partners the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012

The Carbon Disclosure Project has joined the Sustainable Innovation Forum as a partner. The CDP is an independent not-for-profit organisation collecting key climate change data from some 3,000 companies around the globe and has assembled the largest database of corporate greenhouse gas emissions and climate change information in the world.

Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, will represent the organisation on the Technology and Innovation: Accelerating the green economy plenary panel.

Adam Nethersole, Director of Green Media, the forum organisers says, “We are extremely pleased to be working with the Carbon Disclosure Project and to have Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP join our plenary panel session on Technology and Innovation: Accelerating the green economy. The work that CDP does is instrumental in driving investors, organisations and cities to monitor their carbon emissions and to take action on climate change for a more sustainable future.”

Further updates on the agenda and speakers will be released shortly.


 

World Green Building Council partners the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012

The World Green Building Council, the largest international organisation influencing the green building marketplace, has joined the Sustainable Innovation Forum as a partner.

Jane Henley, the WorldGBC Chief Executive Officer, will  represent the Council on the ‘Sustainable Cities’ plenary panel and said: "The WorldGBC is pleased to be part of the Climate Action Sustainable Innovation Forum, to be at the forefront of creating business driven solutions to climate change."

Adam Nethersole, Director of Green Media - who are organising the forum said: “We are delighted to welcome The World Green Building Council as a partner – their ongoing work to accelerate the global green building agenda is highly respected, and their contribution to the forum debate is much valued.”

Further updates on the agenda and speakers will be released shortly.
 

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2012 launched

Climate Action, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will this year host the high-level Sustainable Innovation Forum, 6 December 2012, at the InterContinental Hotel Doha, alongside the UNFCCC COP18 proceedings. The forum will be the premier destination for senior governmental representatives, global business leaders, UN governing bodies & non-governmental organisations.

Now in its third year, the Forum will concentrate on solutions, actions, and leadership as well as the challenges and opportunities that exist for increased sustainable development. The Forum will once again feature high-level government and private sector panellists covering three short plenary sessions followed by an evening of informal networking.

Further updates on the agenda will be released shortly.