Environment

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Vice Chairs

Paul Hagen
Director
Beveridge & Diamond, PC

Catherine McKalip-Thompson
Manager of Sustainability, Infrastructure
Bechtel Corporation

Justin Perrettson
Senior Advisor, Public Affairs
Novozymes

Staff

Norine Kennedy
Vice President, Strategic International Engagement, Energy and Environmental Affairs
212-703-5052 or nkennedy@uscib.org

Helen Medina
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
212-703-5047 or hmedina@uscib.org

Mia Lauter
Policy & Program Assistant
212-703-5082 or mlauter@uscib.org

 

What’s at Stake for Business

  • The Post-2020 Climate Agreement (COP21) is the world’s first binding and universal agreement committing all countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
  • COP21, together with the 2030 Development Agenda, will dramatically shape the future of international
    commerce and have a lasting impact on regulatory frameworks, affecting market access and investment.
  • A global climate agreement will not work if it doesn’t work with and for the private sector as business will be
    expected to support, finance and report on the UN climate agreement.

Current Priorities

  • Create a recognized business channel into the UNFCCC process
  • Preclude legally binding outcomes in climate change negotiations that may have unintended negative consequences for business.
  • Enabling frameworks for investment, action, collaboration and innovation.
  • Prevent anti-business voices from swaying the debate.

USCIB At Work

USCIB is leading a campaign on a variety of fronts to ensure the inclusion of U.S. business positions in climate change and sustainable development discussions:

  • At the UN, where we have official observer status at the UNFCCC and are working closely with our partners in the ICC (the business focal point for the UN negotiations) to push for enabling frameworks to mobilize investment and support innovation to combat climate change.
  • At the Major Economies Business Forum (BizMEF), where we are forging stronger links between the business communities of the major emitting countries.
  • In Washington, where we are advocating directly to the U.S. government on specific elements of a global agreement and on the critical issue of the U.S. pledge (the “intended nationally determined contribution”, or INDC).

Recent Advocacy Engagement

USCIB believes that open markets for trade and investment and IPR protection are essential in order for the private sector to provide the innovation, technology and finances needed for a global climate-friendly agreement and is:

  • Pushing governments to provide a clear framework for international action on the many dimensions of climate change, including energy access and modernization.
  • Working to prevent any actions that may hamper markets and slow the pace of climate action, which will be needlessly expensive for companies and society.
  • Showcasing private sector contributions to sustainable development via a Business for 2030 website.

Who We Are

The USCIB Environment Committee is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors.  Advocacy priorities are determined that reflect consensus among the members.

Mission

The Committee works to emphasize the importance of enabling frameworks for business solutions to energy, environmental, social and economic challenges and extends its influence in a range of strategic international forums:

  • The United Nations 2030 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • The OECD
  • The International Energy Agency
  • The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)

News Stories

Vertical Garden – Green Wall –  BioWall USCIB’s Sustainable Development Event to Focus on Infrastructure (4/17/2017) - Since the global adoption of the UN Agenda for 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international community has turned its attention to implementation, and the resources from governments and business required to set the SDGs into motion.
Kennedy at Nairobi UNEP Meetings UN Environment Assembly Focuses on Role of Business (3/20/2017) - Norine Kennedy, USCIB’s expert on environment and climate change policy and one of two official business focal point representatives for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), recently attended UN Environment Assembly (UNEA3) preparatory meetings in Nairobi (March 7-10).

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Press Releases

Trump announces security policy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USCIB Statement on the U.S. Election Results (11/9/2016) - USCIB congratulated Donald Trump on his election as president, saying a top priority for the new administration should be a strategy for U.S. engagement with the wider world.
Mr. Antonio Guterres former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees addressed the press at the stakeout after the casual meeting with member states USCIB Welcomes Selection of Guterres as New UN Secretary General (10/7/2016) - USCIB applauded the selection of former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres as the next secretary general, succeeding Ban Ki-moon.

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Op-Eds and Speeches

un_headquarters_lo-res USCIB in the News: Op-ed in The Hill on UN Funding (1/11/2017) - USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson published a timely op-ed in The Hill addressing calls in Congress to withhold funding for the United Nations.
Trump announces security policy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USCIB Statement on the U.S. Election Results (11/9/2016) - USCIB congratulated Donald Trump on his election as president, saying a top priority for the new administration should be a strategy for U.S. engagement with the wider world.

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Staff Contact:   Norine Kennedy

VP, Strategic International Engagement, Energy and Environment
Tel: 212.703.5052

Norine Kennedy promotes U.S. business participation in international environmental policy and management initiatives, and works closely with industry, government and NGOs to promote sustainable development and green growth. She also spearheads USCIB’s strategic international engagement initiative, which seeks to advance meaningful business participation and regulatory diplomacy in inter-governmental organizations.
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