The conference put innovative technological solutions at the heart of COP22 and the global climate action agenda.
Effective and innovative mitigation solutions as well as technologies are available, but they need to be scaled up through collaboration between all stakeholders. Greater use of modern technologies will help improve the feasibility and raise the level of ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for implementing the Paris Agreement.
In all panels, speakers confirmed that multi-stakeholder collaboration of business, academic, and government is vital for success. The LESC embodied this collaboration and reinforced the cooperation towards rapid and successful implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
In addition, it was recognized that all actors are moving swiftly to implement strategies that will help countries achieve their NDCs, support the investment of trillions of dollars that will build critical infrastructure and provide millions of jobs in the new-carbon economy, and speed the transition that is clearly underway.
Participants at the conference expressed a unified call for:
The conference featured in-depth discussion of low-emission technology pathways in key sectors, including ICTs, smart-grids, micro-grids, sustainable fuels, low-carbon transport, synthetic hydrocarbons, ocean power, advanced transport, carbon capture use and storage (CCUS), cement, new materials and other areas. The topics were discussed in 18 panels over the three days.
“This is the first time in COP history that a large scale LESC is being organized for country delegations, placing innovative technological solutions at the heart of the meeting. The intention is that the LESC at COP22, part of the Global Climate Action, will be the first of a series of similar annual events at future COPs” said H.E Hakima El-Haité, Minister of Environment, Climate Champion, Morocco.
“Local governments are key players in implementing and taking up new technologies that facilitate low- emission, resilient development. They need to be part of multi-stakeholder dialogues with business, the research community and all levels of government, that allow innovation to happen and to be effectively applied. Such arrangements will build a strong architecture needed to support implementation of the Paris Agreement. The Low-Emissions Solutions Conference has been an important opportunity to solidify discussions on how to bring these technological and policy innovation to the next level” said Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.
“The LESC has been a milestone: For the first time, governments, business, and technologists convened at a COP to explore the potential of new technologies to achieve the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement. We have seen a remarkable range of solutions. They will help countries around the world to move more quickly towards decarbonizing their economies and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We look forward to organizing the next LESC together with our partners at COP23” said Prof Jeffrey D. Sachs, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General and Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).
“The LESC shows how business, government, academia, cities and other experts are already delivering the solutions that will define future competitiveness in the low-carbon economy. Business is the key implementation partner for governments around the world as they strive to hit their NDC targets. Now more than ever, we must continue to work together to seize this opportunity to scale up the implementation of the Paris Agreement and accelerate the transition to the low-carbon economy” declared Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
The LESC brought together business, government, academia, cities, technical experts, scientists, engineers and innovators, to set common technological trajectories for a decarbonized economy as well as the transformations necessary in each sector.
Key sessions have included:
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About the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses and partners working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies. Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing a combined revenue of more than $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. WBCSD is uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver impactful business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues. Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability: united by our vision of a world where more than 9 billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050. www.wbcsd.org
About the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN)
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) operates under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mobilize leaders from academia, business, civil society, and other development organizations to promote problem solving and practical solutions for the pressing challenges of sustainable development. Following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the SDSN is committed to supporting the implementation of the SDGs at local, national, and global scales. The SDSN aims to accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. unsdsn.org
About ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of over 1,500 cities, towns and regions in more than 100 countries committed to building a sustainable future. By helping the ICLEI Network to become sustainable, low-carbon, ecomobile, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, ICLEI impacts over 25 percent of the global urban population. www.iclei.org