september, 2018

13sep1:00 pm5:00 pmAssessing the impact of tangible climate action of states, regions, cities, businesses and investors and its future potential1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Marriot Marquis Event Organized By: ClimateWorks Foundation Audience:Open to the Public


Event Details

An extraordinarily large and diverse range of states, regions, cities, businesses, investors and citizens around the world are taking ambitious climate action. This action is delivering real results on the ground that save money, create jobs, make us healthier and reduce emissions. These actors could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions below their current national government policies by 2030, supporting the delivery of their countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions.

Where are we today on quantifying the emissions reduction potential and progress to date from states, cities and businesses? What does the future of climate action entail? Can this momentum lead to national governments stepping up commitments under the Paris Agreement?

Our affiliate event includes key notes from Patricia Espinoza, Erik Solheim, Sharan Burrow; a high-level panel featuring Mayors, Premiers and high-level business representatives that will discuss the implementation of their climate plans, and how they can strengthen their ambition.  In addition, we will host panels that feature authors and highlights from various publications being released around GCAS on aggregate climate and their impact, ways to advance new methodologies for calculating these contributions, key challenges in advancing recognition and accountability and finally, a discussion on what more needs to be done to scale action.


13:00-13:10      Welcome and Introduction

Surabi Menon, ClimateWorks Foundation and Dan Firger, Bloomberg Philanthropies

13:10-13:30     Patricia Espinoza (UNFCCC – TBC), Erik Solheim (UNEP – confirmed)

Role of non-state actors and how their actions can help reduce emissions

Moderated by Jonathan Pershing (Hewlett Foundation)

13:30-13:40     Sharan Burrow (Key note) – New Climate Economy – Global Commissioner

13:40-14:15     Challenge areas for GCAS – representation from state, region, city, business

  • Eckart Würzner, the Lord Mayor of Heidelberg
  • Nomusa Dube-Ncube, MEC (Minister) for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • David Speirs, Minister of Environment, South Australia, Australia (TBC)
  • RE-100 – representation from corporate side (TBC)
  • Moderated by Sharan Burrow (New Climate Economy Commissioner)

14:15-17:00      Workshop style discussion on aggregation, methodology, data and what needs to be done

14:15-14:20     Break

14:20-15:10     Assessing the opportunity for even greater impact: Report highlights

Philip Drost (UNEP – Gap report, with discussant Angel Hsu, Yale University), Niklas Hohne (NewClimate Institute– Report on Global Climate Action of Cities, Regions, and Businesses), Nathan Hultman (University of Maryland/ America’s Pledge), Shannon McDaniel (GCOM)

Moderated by Jessica Brand/Helen Mountford (New Climate Economy)

15:10-16:00     Methodology, assumptions and application- A friendly debate on the methodology, assumptions, and a look at how these are being applied

Pankaj Bhatia (WRI – GHG Protocol and ICAT), Shannon McDaniel (GCOM), Marian Van Pelt (ICF), Mark Roelfsema (PBL Netherlands)

Moderated by Jean-Charles Seghers (The Climate Group)

16:00-16:45     Challenges and what’s missing?

  • Advancing recognition and accountability within the political process— NAZCA (Mayra Santaella, UNFCCC)
  • Data set platform (Nicolette Bartlett, CDP)
  • Investor agenda (Chris Fox, Ceres)
  • Global south (Tom Hale, Oxford University/Groundswell)
  • Special remarks- Ganesh Gorti (TERI) and Victoria Chengo (African Centre for Technology Studies)

Moderated by Todd Edwards (Mission 2020)

16:45-16:50     GCAS contributions to the Yearbook of Climate Action

Ian Tout (UNFCCC)

16:50-17:00     The Road Ahead – Wrap up — future plans, next steps with coordinating group (coordination into Climate Week, COP24, and 2019)

Surabi Menon (ClimateWorks Foundation) with Todd Edwards (Mission 2020) and Jean-Charles Seghers (The Climate Group)


(Thursday) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Marriot Marquis

780 Mission Street