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

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

Countdown to UN High-Level Political Forum: Ending Hunger, SDG 2 (5/22/2017) - This year’s United Nations High-Level Political Forum (UN HLPF) on sustainable development will be held from July 10-17 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.
Kennedy Delivers Pro-Business Messages at UN Climate Meeting (5/22/2017) - USCIB’s expert on climate change and environment Norine Kennedy attended the most recent UN climate change meetings in Bonn, Germany which were held from May 8-18.

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Press Releases

Like it or Not, UN Needs Private Sector Input in Climate Talks (5/15/2017) - As the current round of UN climate talks here in Bonn reach the half-way point, delegates are allowing themselves a sense of cautious relief.
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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Op-Eds and Speeches

Kennedy Delivers Pro-Business Messages at UN Climate Meeting (5/22/2017) - USCIB’s expert on climate change and environment Norine Kennedy attended the most recent UN climate change meetings in Bonn, Germany which were held from May 8-18.
Like it or Not, UN Needs Private Sector Input in Climate Talks (5/15/2017) - As the current round of UN climate talks here in Bonn reach the half-way point, delegates are allowing themselves a sense of cautious relief.

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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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