An inclusive, collaborative event enabling climate action at COP26
COP26 is the most important climate meeting of our generation.
For 11 years, Climate Action has been uniting heads of state and multilaterals, environment ministers, business leaders, investors, and NGOs alongside the UN Climate Change negotiations, convening the largest multi-stakeholder forum: Sustainable Innovation Forum.
The 12th Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF) will be convened alongside COP26, 6 years after 196 world leaders signed the historic Paris Agreement. COP26 marks a crucial deadline for countries to present more ambitious climate commitments. The UNFCCC’s climate conference must set clear pathways for the transition to a net zero economy, a decisive moment for global climate action.
To create truly transformational change and accelerate the transition to a net zero global economy, greater cooperation, collaboration, and cross-sector partnerships between governments, businesses and investors must be forged at COP26 this November.
Ambition must turn to action. Promises must become plans. Visions must become reality. We have this decade to deliver a net zero future.
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Energy Transitions Commission
Lord Turner chairs the Energy Transitions Commission, a global coalition of companies, NGOs and experts working to achieve a net zero economy by 2040. He is Chairman of insurer group Chubb Europe, Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and is on the Advisory Board of Board of Shanghai energy group Envision. From 2008-2013, Lord Turner chaired the Financial Services Authority, and played a leading role in the redesign of global banking and shadow banking regulation. Alongside a business career, he has held a number of public policy roles: he was Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (1995-2000); chaired the Low Pay Commission (2002-2006), the Pensions Commission (2003-2006), and the Climate Change Committee (2008-2012).
International Copper Association
Steve Kukoda joined the International Copper Association (ICA) in 2004 and is currently the organization’s Executive Director. He also serves as ICA’s Corporate Secretary. Steve develops and maintains relationships with organizations external to the copper industry, including governments, intergovernmental organizations, the United Nations, and others. ICA is the co-founder of United For Efficiency (U4E, www.united4efficiency.org), which is focused on transforming developing-world economies towards energy-efficient appliances, industrial equipment, and lighting. Steve is based in Washington, DC.
Vice President of CHEP Automotive
Murray joined CHEP in November 2017 and is currently Vice President of CHEP’s European and North American Automotive business. Murray has overall responsibility for the performance and strategic direction which involves collaborating closely with external partners to advance insight-based sustainable share and re-use solutions as part of the circular economy. He is helping to prepare the Automotive supply chain for the coming ‘EV revolution’ through sustainable collaboration and innovative reusable packaging solutions.
2° Investing Initiative
Jakob Thomä is one of the leading global experts on sustainable finance and long-term risks. He co-founded the 2° Investing Initiative network in New York and Berlin and serves as Executive Director of 2° Investing Initiative Deutschland.
Jakob led the development of the first methodology in the world to measure the alignment of financial portfolios with climate goals (PACTA). PACTA remains the most widely used alignment methodology in the world, endorsed by a number of governments and financial supervisors to track financial sector alignment. Over 1,000 organizations have used PACTA to conduct portfolio tests to date.
In 2020, Jakob launched the 1in1000 research programme designed to integrate complex and long-term risks into financial supervision and decision-making. As part of the programme, Jakob authored the first COVID-19 stress-test scenarios, informing the regulatory response of supervisors in Europe and the United States to the crisis. His work has also informed the climate stress-test scenario design of major central banks and financial supervisors.
Jakob is Special Research Fellow to the Japanese Financial Services Agency, and previously served as Academic Advisor to the Bank of England and EIOPA. He holds a PhD in Finance from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers. Jakob is also Senior Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he teaches a Green Finance course.
World Steel Association
Dr Basson received his PhD in economics from Pretoria University and taught economics at the same university from 1984 to 1990. After a few years in the banking industry, Dr Basson joined the steel industry in 1994 as Chief Economist at Iscor Ltd. in South Africa.
In 1996 he became Business Unit Manager for coated steel products and flat steel products. He later headed Strategic Initiatives at the company. Dr Basson was transferred to Europe when Iscor became a part of Mittal Steel (now ArcelorMittal) in 2004 as a General Manager responsible for Marketing Strategy and was part of the Merger & Acquisition team in Mittal steel.
From 2006 until he joined worldsteel, he was Vice-President, Commercial Co-ordination, Marketing and Trade Policy at ArcelorMittal.
Dr Basson joined World Steel Association in August 2011 as Director General.
EMEA Chief Regional Officer
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group
Kentaro Hosomi is Executive Vice President at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and as of 1 April 2021 also serves as Chief Regional Officer (CRO) for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region and CEO Mitsubishi Heavy Industries EMEA, Ltd. In his current role, Mr. Hosomi leads MHI’s efforts to grow its business across the region and across MHI Group companies, including Mitsubishi Power, Mitsubishi Logisnext, Primetals Technologies and MHI Air-conditioning Europe.
He previously served as President & CEO for the company’s Energy Systems domain and was deeply involved in MHI Group’s energy transition strategy. Mr. Hosomi is also a member of the board for Vestas Wind Systems where MHI now holds a stake in.
Mr. Hosomi brings around 40 years of experience to MHI Group, and has a proven track record in the power and energy sector.
In 2011, Mr. Hosomi was appointed as General Manager of Business Development & Strategic Planning Department of Power Systems at MHI, where he was responsible for business development, strategic planning, alliances for the overall power systems business. There, he made achievements such as the acquisition of PW Power Systems (currently known as Mitsubishi Power Aero LLC) and the launch of Savannah Machinery Works in Georgia, USA (now operating under Mitsubishi Power).
Mr. Hosomi’s expertise in sales, marketing and commercial administration of various types of power plant projects contributed to the company’s global presence in the energy industry. Starting as a sales specialist for the Middle East and later on doing a five-year stint in London, UK, his career at MHI Group includes a track record worth a few decades of winning, executing and managing power plant projects successfully.
Mr. Hosomi earned his Bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Tokyo, Japan.
Three days. Four Stages of Content
The 3-day agenda spans 4 stages, and will unite heads of states and multilaterals, innovators, business leaders, scientists, investors, and COP26 delegates. The forum will facilitate competitive, action-led discussions, designed to address contentious issues and inspire fresh thinking.
Global Climate Action Stage
The plenary stage will address the largest sustainability challenges we face around the globe, hosting decisive sessions on how we can truly accelerate the global green economy. This is a decisive moment to define our future, and it will require unity on a global scale from all stakeholders.
Explore the systemic pathways to net zero within and across different sectors. The opportunities presented are significant, and the risks of inaction are profound. From energy to transport, cities to heavy industry, these are the transitions that will define the net zero economy over the next decade.
This track stage will showcase how we can think differently and take a new approach in tackling climate change challenges. We can re-think our relationship with nature, shift human behaviours, and reimagine the vital systems that underpin our societies
Examine the need for to direct capital for a greener, inclusive recovery and redirect fiscal policy towards resilient, sustainable growth. It will discuss best process for responsible investors to actively support climate-friendly investments, and drive the momentum for a low carbon global economy.
Climate Action’s Roadmap to COP26 has created a platform to help organisations from across the stakeholder spectrum to honour their pledges at a time when face-to-face meetings are not an option. I look forward to the evolution of Climate Action’s Roadmap towards COP26 in Glasgow.
Climate Action brings people together who are passing each other like ships in the night. But this is an event that has a sustained and thoughtful program around the multiple perspectives that people are considering.
We see the exchange in this forum as essential to learn from a broad community of thought leaders. Thus, the BMW Group is proud to be once again part of the SIF and we are looking forward to providing an update on our achievements at COP26 in Glasgow.