Summit Overview: On 7-9 July at the Royal York Hotel Toronto, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change organized a high-level Climate Change Summit of the Americas. The Summit brought together high-level government, corporate and non-governmental delegates from PanAmerican jurisdictions to “work towards commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and highlight opportunities for investing in a global low carbon economy”.
Summit Objectives & Participation: The main goals of the Summit included: showcasing climate leadership across sub-national jurisdiction; building on momentum across the Americas to establish existing carbon pricing networks; and developing/delivering a common government statement to reduce GHGs on the Road to COP21 in Paris. The Summit was also expected to be used as the next international platform to showcase the Under 2 MOU initiative, while announcing new sub-national government signatories to commit to the MOU’s 2050 reduction goals. The Climate Summit of the Americas was by invitation-only. Ontario’s Ministry and Premiers office was responsible for all Summit invites and the program’s development. High-level government participants included California Governor Brown, Felipe Calderon, Al Gore, and the majority of Ministers and/or Premiers across all Canadian Provinces/Territories.
IETA Member Events & Participation: Given the Summit’s climate & carbon pricing theme and high-level delegations, IETA’s hosted/co-hosted a series of timely side-events on the Summit margins.
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IETA BUSINESS CAP-AND-TRADE DIALOGUE
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