USCIB Members Meet with European Climate Commissioner

EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard
EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard

On May 12 in New York, USCIB held a business dialogue with EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard at the European Union Delegation office to the United Nations.  The off-the-record session provided an opportunity to hold a dynamic discussion of global climate change matters in an informal setting.

USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson introduced Commissioner Hedegaard and reviewed USCIB’s role, as American affiliate of the International Chamber of Commerce, in discussions under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  This has included a strong American business presence at last December’s UN climate summit in Copenhagen, over which Commissioner Hedegaard presided as Danish environment minister.

Also leading the discussion were Ann Condon (General Electric), chair of USCIB’s Environment and Energy Committee, and Brian Fix (Salans LLP), who chairs USCIB’s European Union Committee.

The commissioner and participants spoke about a variety of key issues, including this fall’s climate talks in Cancún and the UN agenda for 2011, China’s actions on energy efficiency, and better ways for the business community to engage in global climate discussions.  USCIB members may contact Justine Bareford (jbareford@uscib.org) for a confidential summary of the meeting.

Staff contact: Justine Bareford

Commissioner Hedegaard’s website

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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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