More than 150 leading figures from across the sustainability community will be speaking at the second Economist Impact’s Sustainability Week, which kicks off today.
The four-day conference is being run virtually on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (the 6, 8 and 9 June) with an in-person day being held in Washington DC on Tuesday 7 June at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Centre. SmartCitiesWorld is a media partner for the event.
Promise of a green future?
Speakers span business to intergovernmental organisations, investors, national governments, central bankers and civil society. The overall theme of the global event looks at how the promise of a green future will be kept. As with the Sustainability Week held in March, its aim is to help policymakers and business leaders in implementing practical strategies to become more sustainable.
The cross-industry agenda will examine how businesses and governments can join their efforts and take a society-centred approach to solve the critical issue of climate change. The programme will consist of live conversations, interactive sessions, roundtables and a virtual exhibition.
“It is critical for governments and corporations to join together with the aim of reducing our carbon footprint and adopting executable sustainability programmes”
Tuesday’s in-person event will kick-off with a fireside chat at 8.35 am eastern time in which Economist Impact’s principal for energy sustainability, Phillip Cornell, will discuss delivering on the US Energy Transition with David Livingston, senior advisor from the office of the special presidential envoy for climate, John Kerry, of the US Department of State.
Key themes that will be explored throughout the week include:
- How will rapid sustainable transformation insulate you from the impending energy crisis?
- How can financial markets and regulators come together to mobilise capital towards a greener, more inclusive and more climate-resilient economy?
- How can firms best understand the business risks that arise from environmental degradation and their own impact on biodiversity?
- What investment is needed to ramp up infrastructure development for the net-zero transition?
- What changes will businesses need to bring to their operations to ensure that the social dimension is being taken into account?
- How can green stimulus contribute to a “just transition” to net zero?
- What is the new status quo for climate related disclosures?
- How ready is America’s Economy for a voluntary carbon market?
- How can a just transition provide new jobs and raise the socioeconomic status of society as a whole?
- How can sustainable low emission development in emerging economies be ensured through green investment and partnership
- How will the US deliver on a green transition amidst a backdrop of growing inflation and an energy crisis?
“The world is at an inflection point in the fight to reverse climate change, and develop a sustainable economy.” said Harry Chapman, head of sustainability events at Economist Impact. “It is critical for governments and corporations to join together with the aim of reducing our carbon footprint and adopting executable sustainability programmes.
“Sustainability Week focuses on helping businesses and governments navigate the complexity surrounding sustainability and ultimately helps them achieve their goals, through practical case studies, roundtables and debate.”
Some key sessions over the week include such topics as How to drive forward a green agenda in a way that benefits society as a whole, moderated by Anne McElvoy, executive editor, strategy, The Economist; Making, measuring and maintaining – How to develop a strong net-zero company, moderated by Anna Gueorguieva, senior economist, World Bank; and Treating decarbonisation as a business opportunity, moderated by Faith Taylor, former global environmental social governance leader, Tesla and global sustainability leader, Kyndryl.
“The world is at an inflection point in the fight to reverse climate change, and develop a sustainable economy”
Other fireside chats will feature Allyson Anderson Book, vice-president of energy transition, Baker Hughes, and moderated by Jon Creyts, chief programme officer, RMI, discussing Accelerating the energy transition, and Vaibhav Sahgal, principal, North America, Economist Impact speaking with Matthew Slovik, managing director and head of global sustainable finance group, Morgan Stanley, about Enabling sustainability through finance.
More details about the week including the programme and a link to register are on the event website at Sustainability Week US.
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