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Leaders to discuss shift to energy productivity as new driver of economic growth and solution to climate change

Published: 31/08/2015

London, Monday 31st August 2015 – On 9th September 2015, the 5th B4E Climate Summit in London will convene more than 300 global leaders from business, government and international agencies to discuss transformation in energy productivity and explore how this can drive economic growth and prosperity. Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales, Energy and Climate Change, will open the second day of the two-day Summit.

Tony Gourlay, CEO of Global Initiatives, the event organiser says: "With our partners for this event we aim to take the energy efficiency dialogue to another level and shift the focus from incremental to transformational change. Energy productivity can be a real driver of global productivity and economic growth, and help solve climate change."

The theme of energy productivity is gathering strong momentum in the lead up to the Summit. Kornelis Blok, Director of Science at Ecofys, co-organiser of the Summit, states that: “Doubling energy productivity would reduce the global fossil fuel bill by more than €2 trillion and could create more than six million jobs globally by 2020. We should not underestimate the powerful impacts that improvements to energy productivity can have on global productivity and prosperity.”

Organised in partnership between Global Initiatives, Ecofys, The Climate Group, Forum for the Future and WWF-UK, and supported by Eneco, Philips, Navigant, and ClimateWorks, participants in working groups will produce recommendations for increasing energy productivity across buildings, transport, and manufacturing. These recommended actions for industry, policy makers and civil society will be shared during the the G20 meetings in Turkey and COP21 climate conference in Paris later this year. 

Some of the prominent leaders speaking at the Summit include:

• Lord Bourne, of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales, Energy and Climate Change
• Eric Rondolat, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Philips Lighting 
• Terri Wills, Chief Executive Officer, World Green Building Council
• David Nussbaum, Chief Executive, WWF UK
• George Ferguson, Mayor, City of Bristol
• Kateri Callahan, President, Alliance to Save Energy 
• Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
• Gregor Paterson-Jones, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency, UK Green Investment Bank
• Mark Kenber, Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Group
• Thomas Becker, Vice President Governmental and External Affairs, BMW Group
• Claudine Blamey, Head of Sustainability & Stewardship, The Crown Estate
• Dax Lovegrove, Director of Sustainability and Innovation, Kingfisher
• Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group
• Tom Delay, Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Trust


About Global Initiatives events:

Global Initiatives is a Singapore-based media company promoting solutions to global challenges through film, television and high-level international events. Leading global companies discuss and share examples of deeper integration of environmental sustainability and social responsibility to deliver longer-term business success.

About the B4E Climate Summit:

B4E, Business for the Environment, is a global event platform promoting dialogue and partnership solutions for the environment. B4E has been convened since 2007 in countries including Singapore, France, Denmark, South Korea, Mexico, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Germany and Brazil. Past speakers have included the Presidents of South Korea, Indonesia, Guyana, Mexico and the Maldives, former US Vice-President Al Gore, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, international agency heads and CEOs of many international businesses. The B4E Climate Summit is the part of the B4E event series, which focuses on industry-led initiatives to reduce human impact on the global climate.

Key event details:

See event website for full agenda, registration, as well as a list of speakers and supporters.

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