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Connect to accelerate : Pioneers’ voices

By ENGIE - 17 December 2019 - 22:29

Between now and 2050, it’s up to us to lead the second wave of the zero-carbon transition. At ENGIE, we are convinced that human ingenuity is up to this challenge. We know that we can’t do it all alone, but we are not alone. Every day, we meet activists, scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs, with different levels of experience, who want to act for a more harmonious world.

We want to bring together and unite the community of change and thus engage the greatest possible number in the transformation in a practical way. At the ENGIE Leadership Event, which brings together the Group's 1000 leaders and change makers from December 18 to 19, Jeremy Rifkin and Paul Polman will share their vision of a low-carbon world.


« A vision for a Green New Deal » : Keynote with Jérémy Rifkin


Jeremy Rifkin is an economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Rifkin is the author of 21 bestselling books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His latest book “The Green New Deal” (2019) and “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” (2014) argue that a carbon-free economy is not only possible but that carbon civilization will disappear. He is setting up Europe and China as models to avoid climate chaos.


  • Jeremy Rifkin's speech is broadcast live on December 18 from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm (Paris time).

« Courage is a new leadership » : keynote par Paul Polman


Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, is Co-founder & Chair of Imagine, an activist corporation and foundation that promotes implementation of the global goals through transformational leadership. He is also Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, The B Team, Saïd Business School and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact.
A leading proponent that business can – and should – be a force for good, he has been described by the Financial Times as "a standout CEO of the past decade”, whose role in helping to redefine the relationship between business and society has been "path-breaking”.


  • Paul Polman's speech is broadcast live on December 19 at 9:20 am to 9:50 am (Paris time).