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Emissions Gap Report Launch - High Level Dialogue Days Ahead of the Convening of the Climate COP

31/10/2017 - 11:45 - 14:30

UN Emissions Gap Report Warns: Momentum Imparted by Paris Faltering as Gap between Emissions Reductions Needed and Actual Commitments Made Remains Significant

The eighth edition of the UN Flagship Emissions Gap Report will be launched in Geneva on 31 October, days ahead of the Convening of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23).

The Emissions Gap Report tracks the policy commitments made by countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and analyses how these policies will translate into emissions reductions through 2030, clearly outlining the emissions gap and what it would take to bridge it. It also analyses the potential impact on climate change of the recent Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. It examines how Government policy and private sector initiatives are key to which way the process evolves.

The event will also witness the launch of The 1 Gigaton Report, which analyses GHG reductions resulting from renewable energy and energy efficiency — estimated to be over 1 GtCO2e by 2020, and how these reduction contribute to bridging the emissions gap.

Recognizing the increasingly important role of non-state actors, Thomson Reuters will present the latest data that track actions to lower emissions by companies in the Global 250, along with their value chains— which account for approximately one third of global annual emissions.

High level panelists invited, include:

  •  UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim
  • WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas
  • UN Environment Assembly President Edgar E. Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica
  • ENEL Head of Innovation and Sustainability Ernesto Ciorra
  • Financial and Risk President at Thomson Reuters, David Craig
  • World Economic Forum Senior Director of Environmental Initiatives Dominic Waughray
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development Managing Director, María Mendiluce, PhD

11:00 - 11:30    Registration and Coffee
11:45 - 12:50    Press Briefing
12:50 - 13:10    Coffee Break
13:10 - 14:30    Business – Policy Debate
14:45 - 15:45    Luncheon

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Palais des Nations, Room XIV


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