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Copenhagen Business Day

11 December 2009 | Copenhagen, Denmark

WBCSD - ICC - Confederation of Danish Industry

A view of Copenhagen, optimistically dubbed Hopenhagen, from the Business Day venue.

Copenhagen Business DayThe “Copenhagen Business Day” event convened at the headquarters of the Confederation of Danish Industry, in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 11 December 2009. Organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), together with the Confederation of Danish Industry, Copenhagen Business Day met in parallel to the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

The event featured more than 40 speakers and panelists, with over 400 participants registered to attend the one-day meeting. Copenhagen Business Day featured an opening plenary titled “Let’s get moving,” during which UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer challenged participants to consider their role in addressing climate change; three parallel sessions titled “2012: Realizing the potential of today’s solutions,” “Actions now that set the course for 2020” and “Envisioning our 2050 Future”; and a series of panel discussions among CEOs titled “Taking the gloves off.” The event concluded with the launch of the WBCSD Value Chain Initiative and a reception.


Opening Plenary: Let’s get moving

Hans Skov Christensen, Director General and CEO, Confederation of Danish Industry, encouraged business and politics to join forces.

Nik Gowing, international journalist, encouraged participants to raise innovative ideas for discussion.

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer challenged businesses to prove their relevance to international negotiations on climate change.

Participants during the opening plenary.

Sita Magnuson, The Value Web, interpreted UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer's remarks on a whiteboard.

Participants listening to Yvo de Boer’s speech

Participants during the beginning of the discussion.

Björn Stigson, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Fiona Wain, Environment Business Australia
Arupendra Nath Mullick, The Energy and Resources Institute
Steve Sawyer, Global Wind Energy Council
Participants presented diverse questions during the discussion.

Parallel Sessions
Workstream 1: 2012

Malini Mehra, Centre for Social Markets

Participants listen during the parallel session "2012: Realizing the potential of today’s solutions"

Dennis Welch, American Electric Power

Rachel Kyte, International Finance Corporation

Rick Bradley, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Laura Ipsen, Cisco


Workstream 2: 2020

Moderator Christine Loh, Civic Exchange, for the parallel session "Actions now that set the course for 2020"

Richard Gledhill, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Joan MacNaughton, Alstom Power
Katherine Sierra, World Bank
Peter Taylor, IEA

Workstream 1 group on Technology

Workstream 1 group on Development

Workstream 1 group on Investment

Workstream 2 group on Technology

Workstream 2 group on Development

Workstream 2 group on Investment

Moderator Christine Loh, Civic Exchange (left), made an intervention in the Workstream 2 group on Technology.

Workstream 3 group on Investment

L-R: Katherine Sierra, World Bank; Peter Taylor, IEA; Richard Gledhill, PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Joan MacNaughton, Alstom Power, summarizing the outcomes of the workstream groups.


Workstream 3: 2050

Isabel Hilton, CEO, China Dialogue

Participants during the discussion in the parallel session "Envisioning our 2050 future"

Nijma Khan, WBCSD

Christian André Weinberger, Henkel

Mark Spelman, Accenture

Christopher Tuppen, BT


Panel Discussion: Taking the gloves off

“Quick-start Initiatives panel.” L-R: Gérard Mestrallet, GDF Suez; Richard H. Jones, IEA; Ignacio Galán, Iberdrola; José Manuel Entrecanales, Acciona; and Ditlev Engel, Vestas Wind Systems A/S.

Participants during the discussion.

"Business unusual" panel. L-R: Steen Riisgaard, Novozymes A/S; Paul Simpson, Carbon Disclosure Project; Frank Mastiaux, EON Climate & Renewables; Bruno Lafont, LAFARGE; Philippe Joubert, Alstom Power; and François Auque, Astrium.

"New public-private partnerships" panel. L-R: Steve Lennon, Eskom; Ola Alterä, Ministry of Enterprise, Sweden; Rich Wells, Dow Chemical Company; and Niels B. Christiansen, Danfoss.

Participants during the panel discussions.

Participants during the panel discussions.

"Consumers" panel. L-R: Muhtar Kent, The Coca Cola Company; James Rogers, Duke Energy Company; Dian Grueneich, California Public Utilities Commission; Paul Polman, Unilever; Marc de Jong, Professional Lighting Philips; and Jeremy Hobbs, Oxfam.


Closing Remarks

L-R: Björn Stigson, WBCSD; Muhtar Kent, The Coca-Cola Company; and Paul Polman, Unilever


Around the meeting
Whiteboard art created during meeting.

L-R: Vanya Walker-Leigh (Malta), and Kimo Goree, Director, IISD RS

Participants registering before the start of the meeting.

Delegates before the start of the meeting.

The ENB team with Business Day organizers. L-R: Kate Harris, IISD; Antonia Gawel, WBCSD; Debbie Davenport, Ph.D., IISD; Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., IISD; Barbara Black, WBCSD; and Elisa Mogera, Ph.D., IISD.

Related Links

WBCSD resources
Official website
Agenda

Organizers
WBCSD
ICC

Confederation of Danish Industry

UNFCCC resources
Fifteenth Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and Fifth Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP 15 and COP/MOP 5) programme
COP 15 and COP/MOP 5 overview schedule
COP 15 and COP/MOP 5 daily programme
COP 15 and COP/MOP 5 conference documents
COP 15 and COP/MOP 5 side events schedule
UNFCC meetings archive
UNFCCC News


UN resources
Gateway to the UN System’s Work on Climate Change
Informal Thematic Debate of the UN General Assembly on Climate Change as a Global Challenge

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