The eighth edition of Climate Week NYC was officially launched yesterday at the The Climate Group’s Opening Ceremony and a series of high-profile events, once again bringing essential debate on global climate challenges to New York City.
Hosted at The TimesCenter from 9:30am to 12:45pm ET, the Opening Ceremony featured the voices of American and global climate leaders including Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy, Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative for the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All and Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple, among others.
The official Opening Ceremony of Climate Week NYC was live-streamed on the Climate Week NYC website, and exclusive live updates were available on Twitter from The Climate Group’s account, following the #CWNYC hashtag.
With the theme “America Means Business: US leadership in a post-Paris world”, the opening day was focused on the most pressing climate issues that the world is facing, from the challenges and opportunities of the clean energy transition, to the progress that businesses and governments are making towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as a series of key announcements.
Amy Davidsen, North America Executive Director, The Climate Group, delivered the opening remarks of Climate Week NYC 2016 at the Opening Ceremony and, through a series of high-level panel debates, global business and government leaders explored the role of the private sector and sub-national governments in achieving the climate targets set out in the Paris climate agreement and realizing a net zero emissions world.
The beginning of Climate Week NYC was once again marked by the Empire State Building turning its lights green, which has now become a tradition in the city to mark the annual event.
The Opening Ceremony was followed by a special event, hosted by Philips Lighting, in association with the World Green Building Council and The Climate Group, to address the challenges and opportunities for sustainable buildings and infrastructure, with discussions focusing around renovation, energy efficiency, LED lighting, and carbon neutral buildings.