Message from European business to COP21


Just ahead of the international climate conference, starting on Monday 30 November, European business and industry sent a video message to the COP21. In the message BusinessEurope and its 40 national employer and industry federations in Europe strongly support all efforts to reach an ambitious, legally binding agreement in Paris.


From Lima 2014 to Paris 2015

With closure of the Lima negotiations, governments have laid down the basis for developing a new climate agreement by the end of this year. The EU has jumped to the negotiations with a very ambitious emissions reduction target. In order to achieve comparable efforts, Paris must enable a global level playing-field, where all major economies commit to the measurement, monitoring, reporting, control and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. BusinessEurope will be closely following this process together with its international counterparts through the BizMef Forum. Indeed, as businesses will be instrumental to implement the new deal in Paris, throughout 2015 this page will host important examples of European companies’ efforts to tackle emissions and will provide regular updates of BusinessEurope strategy towards Paris.

On the road to Paris: recent perspectives on INDCs

The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) process is key for a successful agreement at the international climate summit in Paris in December 2015. Business expects from it more clarity and predictability on policies in order to plan their investment decisions. The BusinessEurope seminar looked into experiences gained from key pledges and first lessons from their analysis in terms of ambition and comparability.


On the road to Paris: Europe in the lead in energy efficiency technologies

As part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, BusinessEurope on 16 June organised an event to illustrate how European companies are leading on energy efficiency technologies. Launching the debate, BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer highlighted that European business had already taken up the challenge of climate change by turning it into business opportunities. Both Jos Delbeke, Director General of DG Climate Action and MEP Giovanni La Via (EPP), Chair of the ENVI Committee, noted the need to adopt a new, ambitious legally binding agreement in Paris. The panel was composed of a mix of technology providers, utilities, transport and manufacturing sectors, and moderated by Barbara Lewis (ThomsonReuters) and Anca Gurzu (Europolitics). The morning discussions focused on the untapped potential in district heating and the importance of innovation in energy efficient products. The afternoon session explored the international linkages between European technologies and non-EU countries, including the social dimension of energy efficiency products in the case of Brazil and the role of SMEs in bringing innovative products to the global market. Photo gallery / Videos

Alexandre Affre

Deputy Director General
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