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

Climate Talks Make Limited Progress, As Clock Runs Out on Implementation Rules (9/18/2018) - The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change convened an additional negotiating session in Bangkok, Thailand from September 4 – 10. Representatives of over 190 governments gathered in intense discussions to conclude rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement, which are due at the next climate governing body meeting in Poland from December 4 - 14.
USCIB Gears Up for Talks on Global Environment Pact (9/18/2018) - The first negotiating meeting for a proposed UN Global Pact for Environment (GPE) took place at United Nations headquarters in New York September 5 - 7.

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Press Releases

USCIB Applauds Progress at Bonn Climate Conference (11/17/2017) - As the Bonn Climate Conference wrapped up, USCIB welcomed progress on priority topics for American business, including transparency of emissions reduction commitments.
Business Makes It Happen: UNGA Week Events Spotlight the Private Sector’s Role in Sustainable Development (9/14/2017) - As United Nations members gather in New York to review progress on the UN’s ambitious 2030 Development Agenda, American business is underscoring how much it is doing – and could be doing, provided the proper incentives – in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Op-Eds and Speeches

Fighting for American Business: USCIB in the News in 2017 (1/16/2018) - Throughout 2017 USCIB leaders and staff garnered important coverage from the news media on issues of importance to USCIB members.
Business Makes It Happen: American Business at the UN General Assembly (9/18/2017) - The 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) gets under way this week at a time of stresses and strains in the international community.

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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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