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Business Dialogue : public-sector and private-sector partners prepare for the post-COP21 world

Discussion focused on the practical initiatives and public-private partnerships to be put in place in order to limit global warming: that was the goal of the Business Dialogue meeting hosted in Paris on February 15 this year, attended by Ségolène Royal, Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and CEO of ENGIE, with input from many public-sector decision-makers and leaders from the corporate world.

Chaired by Gérard Mestrallet, the Business Dialogue meeting issues ten recommendations for the future designed to boost business eco-commitment within a framework of public-private collaboration.

"Companies have a key role to play in the success of COP21 - a major role even!", confirmed Ségolène Royal at the February 15 meeting. The Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy also stressed the importance of the Business Dialogue Report submitted by Gérard Mestrallet to the COP21 meeting, and the series of recommendations made to achieve the shared target of limiting the rise in global temperature to 2°C.

Ten recommendations to limit the rise in global temperature to 2°C between now and 2100

Launched in May 2015, the Business Dialogue is a forum for discussion between the negotiators representing around 30 countries and international business leaders from all industry sectors. In its report, the group set out ten recommendations for action that would actively involve companies in combating climate change, including:

  • the general introduction of carbon pricing
  • the implementation of proven solutions for reducing CO2 emissions and the development of advanced technologies
  • the introduction of a long-term and predictable framework within which companies can play an active role in delivering the energy transition

As Gérard Mestrallet was keen to emphasise, these courses of action should be implemented within the framework of a long-term institutional relationship between the private and public sectors.

The Terrawatt Initiative: taking solar power to a new level

As an active contributor to the energy transition and the development of renewables over many years, the ENGIE Group was also represented at this Terrawatt Initiative Day.

A global non-profit organization formed in December 2015, Terrawatt aims to bring together all energy transition stakeholders (political decision-makers, companies, financial institutions and others) to put in place the regulatory framework needed for the worldwide rollout of competitive solar power generation. Its goal is to enable the introduction of 1 terawatt (1,000 gigawatts) of additional solar power generating capacity by 2030.

This ambitious initiative is unprecedented in the private sector, and brings together the CEOs of around 50 energy generators, corporates and financial institutions.

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