International Framework for Tackling Climate Change
Business Action to Tackle Climate Change
Session background and objectives
・In order to achieve global net zero anthropogenic emissions of CO2, private sector’s efforts compatible with their economic activities are indispensable. Due to the limitations of existing climate change measures which are often subject to national policies or specific to a sector or technologies, a conceptual breakthrough not bound by an existing framework is necessary. This year, we will discuss the kinds of measures and innovation that are necessary as business actions, for the long-term perspective of achieving global net zero anthropogenic emissions of CO2.
・In addition to the corporate activities’ long-term perspectives and in order to promote and ensure industry’s contributions for reducing emissions, the discussion will cover the required government support for technology development, and will also cover enhancing the business environment. These actions should facilitate private companies’ implementation of climate change measures that are consistent with economic sustainability.
Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo
Chair, Working Group on Global Environment Strategy, Committee on Environment & Safety, Keidanren
Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) has been tackling on Climate Change through Voluntary Action Program, a Pledge & Review initiative, from 1997 with the participation of more than 60 industry sectors. This program overachieved the original target and this may provide lessons to the implementation of Paris Agreement; a Pledge & Review process. The initiative is now upgraded to “Keiranren’s Commitment to a Low Carbon Society” aiming at both 2020 and 2030. This initiative consists of 4 pillars; ①Emission reduction through domestic operations, ②Contribution through low carbon products, ③International Contribution, ④Development of Innovative technologies
Director, Carbon Pricing
Deputy Head of Department Energy and Climate Policy BDI e.V.
Founder and Executive Director, Breakthrough Institute
Climate Policy and Technology Innovation After 2C
Global climate policy has been predicated upon limiting temperature increase to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels. But the commitments made in Paris in December of 2015 fall far short of that target. Recognizing that global emissions are likely to significantly surpass levels consistent with 2C stabilization has significant implications for climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.