COP 24 Katowice

November 28, 2018

The Climate Action Reserve, in partnership with The Climate Registry, has led delegations of governors, senior government officials, business leaders, academics and other NGOs to the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations for almost a decade, beginning with COP 13 in Bali in 2006.

COP 24 marks the 24th session of the conference and is being held in Katowice, Poland from December 3-14, 2018. The Reserve’s joint delegation fosters collaboration among subnational entities and the private sector, increases thought-leadership on bold and far-reaching climate initiatives, and champions the enhancement of ambition in order to address the climate challenge.

Below is a listing of our delegation’s side events. Please join us in person if you will be in Katowice or follow our work through Facebook or Twitter.

Saturday, 8 December
Public-Private Cooperation Advancing Climate Ambition
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | US Climate Action Center (Building E)

This session will highlight the efforts of business leaders to discuss critical steps for ensuring public-private cooperation in the fight against climate change.

Speakers:

  • Cathy Woollums, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
  • Ranyee Chiang, Technology Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • Canadian federal government representative

Sunday, 9 December
North American Subnational Climate Action
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm | US Climate Action Center (Building E)

Subnational leaders from the US and Canada will discuss collaborative climate actions underway at the state, provincial, and regional levels, in order to help their countries meet and exceed their Paris commitments.

Speakers:

  • Senator Robert Hertzberg, California State Senate
  • Ben Grumbles, Secretary of the Environment, State of Maryland
  • Lauren Sanchez, International Policy Director, California Air Resources Board
  • Reed Schuler, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jay Inslee, State of Washington

Monday, 10 December
Official UN Side Event: Subnational Strategies in North America for Meeting Paris Commitments
11:30 am – 1:00 pm | Room: Bug (Area G)

North American leaders are implementing a variety of approaches to reduce GHGs. Session will discuss various policy approaches, such as carbon markets, transport electrification, and how policies can harmonize with other jurisdictions to foster a just transition to clean energy economies.

Speakers:

  • Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board
  • George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, British Columbia
  • Ben Grumbles, Secretary of the Environment, State of Maryland
  • Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada (invited)
  • Juan Carlos Arredondo, Director of Climate Policy, SEMARNAT, Mexico

Increasing Climate Ambition Across the US
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | US Climate Action Center (Building E)

This session will bring together US sub-national leaders (government) to highlight actions taken to date and to address steps being taken to advance climate ambition in light of the IPCC’s most recent scientific assessment.

Speakers:

  • Senator Robert Wieckowski, California State Senate
  • Reed Schuler, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jay Inslee, State of Washington
  • Anu Hittle, Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Coordinator

Delegation Press Conference
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Press Conference Room Katowice (Area F)

Speakers:

  • Senator Robert Wieckowski, California State Senate
  • Senator Robert Hertzberg, California State Senate
  • Anu Hittle, Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Coordinator