Mind the Science ‰ÛÒ why businesses are aligning their goals with the planet


The Science Based Targets Initiative – a partnership of CDP, UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute and WWF – will host an exclusive event in Paris on 20th May, 2015.

Held during the Business and Climate Summit, the special event seeks to mobilize and showcase companies that are at the forefront of climate action. The event will focus on why and how businesses are aligning their greenhouse gas emission reduction targets with science and accelerating progress towards a low-carbon economy. At the event we will:

‰Û¢ Launch the Sectoral Decarbonization Approach, a new methodology to set corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) targets aligned with climate science.

‰Û¢ Launch a benchmark report, Mind the Science, which shows how companies are setting their current GHG emission reduction targets.

‰Û¢ Corporate leaders already setting GHG targets aligned with climate science will share their experiences.

When: 09:30 ‰ÛÒ 12:00, 20 May 2015

Where: UNESCO Headquarters, 125, Avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris.

The agenda:

09:30 ‰ÛÒ 10:00: Registration and coffee.

10:00 ‰ÛÒ 10:10: Welcoming remarks (Mr Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP.)

10:10 ‰ÛÒ 10:15: Introduction to Science-Based Targets by the Moderator (Ms. Samantha Smith, Leader of the WWF Climate and Energy Initiative).

10:15-10:30: Closing the Gap: How companies can align GHG emission targets with climate science.

Launch of the new methodology, the Sectoral Decarbonization Approach, on how to set corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) targets aligned with climate science.

(Mr Alberto Carrillo, Head of Climate Business Engagement for the Global Climate and Energy Initiative at WWF International)

10:30-10:45: The Current Status: How companies are setting GHG targets to date

Launch of data and key messages from the benchmark report, Mind the Science, which shows how companies are setting their current GHG emission reduction targets.

(Mr Pedro Faria, Technical Director, CDP)

10:45-11:30: Interactive Panel Discussion and Q&A: Mind the Science

Business leaders will share experiences and opportunities of how their companies are aligning their GHG emission targets with climate science. The panel discussion will highlight key drivers and actions on 1) why and how business have adopted and committed to GHG emission reductions targets, and 2) how leading companies can positively influence policy-makers by demonstrating leadership.

Moderator: Mr. Kevin Moss, Global Director of the Business Center, WRI

Panelists: Dr Jeanne Ng, Director-Group Sustainability, CLP Holdings Limited; Mr Andrea Valcalda, Head of Sustainability, Enel; Mr Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Sustainability Director, Mars Incorporated..

11:30-11:40: Call to Action

Call to Action for companies to commit to adopt science based targets.

(Ms. Cynthia Cummis, Deputy Director, GHG Protocol, WRI)

11:40-12:00: Closing Remarks

The Closing Plenary will provide opportunities for engagement to raise the ambition on climate action and GHG reduction targets, especially ahead of COP21/CMP11 in December in Paris.

(Ms. Lila Karbassi, Head, Environment and Climate, UN Global Compact and Head, Caring for Climate and Mr Nigel Topping, CEO, We Mean Business)

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Start Date: 20 May, 2015
End Date: 20 May, 2015
Time: 12:05 am - 12:05 am - Europe/Paris
Location: Paris

Paris, France