Unstoppable and irreversible: innovation, non-state actors and the Paris Agreement

14 Nov 2017

14 November | 15:00 – 16:30

Meeting room 12

Hosted by Climate-KIC, CDP and BSR

Innovation and leadership by non-state actors are critical for accelerating the pace and scale of the transition to a low carbon and resilient economy. This event will bring together leading companies, investors and subnational governments to demonstrate to policy-makers that implementation of the Paris Agreement is already underway. Alongside this, panellists will discuss what the barriers are to accelerating action and implementation further, and how these should be overcome.

This event will demonstrate to policy-makers that innovative action by the real economy means that implementation of the Paris Agreement is already firmly underway. Policy-makers should feel encouraged to show greater ambition.


15:00     Welcome & opening remarks

  • Dr. Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, Climate-KIC

15:15     Keynote

  • Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation

15:30     Panel Discussion with different sectors: investors, companies, cities

Moderator: Paul Simpson, CEO CDP


  • Katherine Neebe, Director of Sustainability, Walmart
  • Eric Olson, Senior VP, BSR
  • Ed Wells, Head of Policy, Global Markets, Infrastructure and Sustainable Finance, HSBC
  • Emmanuelle Pinault, Head of City Diplomacy, C40

16:20     Closing Remarks and Wrap up

Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, Climate-KIC

Contact: Andrea Karpati