PARIS – In 2015, the UN member countries adopted two major resolutions for our future and that of our planet: Agenda 2030, which includes the 17 sustainable development objectives (SDGs), and the Paris Agreement, which is committed to keeping global warming below 2 ° C by 2100. The efforts required are considerable.
For example, limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 ° C means reducing GHG emissions by 70% to 80% by 2050 and completely eliminating them by the end of the century. Throughout the world, public and private actors are committed to making the economy more environmentally and climate-friendly: some have specific needs and launch projects to meet them, others are already proposing solutions. World Efficiency Solutions gives the opportunity to bring together these professionals from all walks of life in an unprecedented approach combining an online platform, a presence at the COP23 and a three-day meeting in Paris this December.
Launched in 2015 ahead of COP21, World Efficiency Solutions is taking on a new dimension this year. Its organisers focus on bringing together players in the resource-efficient and low-carbon economy: large organisations, SMEs, startups, local and regional authorities, financial and institutional stakeholders. WE will foster partnerships and business opportunities between these different professionals and thus help create the international marketplace necessary to transform the economy.
Bringing together projects and solutions to achieve a successful ecological transition
World Efficiency Solutions aims to bring together the projects of communities and companies wishing toreduce their consumption of resources and carbon and existing solutions. These projects and solutions fall into five key areas: Clean and Accessible Energy, Responsible Production and Consumption, Sustainable Cities and Territories, Green Infrastructure and Mobility, and Natural Resource Management.
With this in mind, the WEConnect international platform enables every professional to identify the most suitable actors for his or her needs and to get in touch with them. For example, a local official looking for solutions to optimize energy and water consumption, or improve urban logistics will find on WEConnect the human, technical or financial resources most suitable to speed up these projects. The same applies to businesses who are looking for ways to control their environmental impact, or for investors who want to identify the most promising innovations in the field.
A three-day event is also scheduled for 12-14 December in Paris: World Efficiency Solutions Paris 2017. This unprecedented meeting combines an international summit in partnership with World Climate Ltd, a showcase for innovation, an exhibition, and training sessions on new uses and practices related to the ongoing ecological transition. This event will also capitalize on the progress made during the COP23 in Bonn where WE is co-organizer of the World Climate Summit, and will offer a rich programme built with its partners and provide multiple networking opportunities.
A growing community
World Efficiency Solutions has for several months already been working with a range of partners from around the world on programme and projects: institutions (ministries, national agencies such as the French environment and energy management agency – ADEME, UN Environment, ICLEI, WGBC, HQE-GBC Alliance France, C40), regions or provinces (such as Alberta, Gaspésie, Lombardy, Brittany, Hauts de France…), cities (such as San Francisco, Santa Monica, Boston, Belo Horizonte, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Saerbeck, Essen, Berlin, Copenhagen, Brussels, Paris, Lyon, and Milan), companies of all sizes, networks (e.g. Cleantech Open, Pexe) and specialized think tanks (e.g. Shift Project). Confirmed speakers include: Paul Simpson, CEO CDP; Andre Schneider, CEO Geneva Airport; Per Boersgaard, Partnerships and Innovations Coordinator for the City of Copenhagen; HRH Princess Abze Djigma, CEO
Abze Solar; Simon Upton, Director of Environment at the OECD; Graciela Chichinisky, CEO and co-founder of Global Thermostat.