LESC at COP23: Implementation at Scale

November 13, 2017
GOP Theatre, Karl-Carstens-Straße 1, 53113 Bonn, Germany, COP23

Introduction and Background

Under the Paris Agreement, every country is responsible for developing both a near-term nationally determined contribution (NDC) and a long-term Low-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) with the engagement of governments at all levels and among all relevant actors. To support the preparation of NDCs and LEDS that embody state-of-the-art technical understanding, the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference (LESC) was launched successfully at COP22 in Marrakech in 2016. In September 2017, the LESC held a sister event during Climate Week in New York focused on deep decarbonization pathways. During the event, practitioners and world-renowned experts presented the latest developments in national strategic planning, demand-side solutions and battery storage, renewable energy penetration, and the status of new alternative energy options that may be the key to transitioning to a low-emission future. While this event had a distinct academic flavor, it remained true to the original concept in bringing cities, academia, business and policy-makers together for an in-depth discussion on technical solutions and their applications.

LESC now returns to COP, creating a space for in-depth dialogue with policy-makers. We recognize the scale of the challenge in implementing ambitious NDCs, but also the need to take action at the city, local, and project level. As such, the theme of this LESC is “Implementation at Scale”. We will bring together global leaders who are taking bold action. Spotlight presentations will facilitate rich dialogue on what is still needed and how public-private partnerships can support the common objectives between nations, cities, business, and academia. The outcomes of this event will be made available to the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action High Level Roundtable on Innovation on 14 November.

Note that this event has been designed in a unique way to allow all guests to contribute in dialogue.


13 Nov 5:30PM
Arrival of guests and reception
13 Nov 6:30PM
Welcome keynote and setting the scene

Leena Wokeck, CSR Asia


Peter Bakker, President & CEO, WBCSD
Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director, SDSN
Ashok Sridharan, Mayor, Bonn, Germany; ICLEI First Vice President

13 Nov 6:50PM
Ice-breaker Dialogue-1: City and business leaders on innovation

Ms Nicola Brüning, Head of BMW Representative Office Germany, BMW
Mr Claude Nahon, Senior Vice President, EDF
Ms Diane Holdorf, Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Company
Mr Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO, SOLVAY
Ms Charlotte Wolff-Bye, Vice President Sustainability, Statoil
Ms Lenka Kollar, Director, Strategy & External Relations, NuScale Power
Mr. Mauricio Rodas, Mayor, Quito Metropolitan Government, Ecuador
Ms. Amanda Stone, Mayor, Yarra, Australia
Mr. Bima Arya, Mayor, Bogor, Indonesia
Ms. Claire Doe-Mvogo, Mayor, Monrovia, Liberia
Mr. George Heyman, Minister, British Colombia, Canada

13 Nov 7:30PM
Table talks among partners with dinner served
13 Nov 8:10PM
City stories on innovation

Johanna Partin, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA)

13 Nov 8:20PM
Warm-up Dialogue-2: City and business leaders on science-based policy and actions

Mr Jianyu Zhang, Secretary General, China Low Carbon Alliance
Mr Nigel Topping, CEO, We Mean Business Coalition
Dr Jeanne Ng, Director - Group Sustainability, CLP Group
Mr. Virgilio Viana, Fundação Amazonas Sustentável
Ms Meg Argyriou, Head of Engagement, ClimateWorks Australia
Mr. Dennis Coderre, Mayor, Montreal, Canada
Ms. Elina Rantanen, Chair of City Council, Turku, Finland
Ms. Jenny Gerbasi, Mayor, Winnipeg, FCM President, Canada
Mr. Frank Cownie, Mayor, Des Moines, USA

13 Nov 9:00PM
Table talks among partners with desserts served
13 Nov 9:20PM
Corporate leadership on carbon pricing - a debrief of today's high level discussions

Feike Sijbesma, CEO, Royal DSM

13 Nov 9:30PM
Remarks by COP23 presidency and high level climate champions: The way towards and beyond 2018 Facilitative Dialogue
13 Nov 9:40PM
Closing Remarks

Gino Van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General

13 Nov 9:50PM
VIDEO: Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet
13 Nov 9:52PM
Networking dialogue at the Piano Bar