Countdown to COP15: How Your Company Can Get Involved
Minister for Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard warns nations that we are at the point of no return.
Stephen Brugger, Executive Director at AmCham Denmark; Svend Olling, Head of Department at COP15 Secretariat Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Minister for Climate & Energy Connie Hedegaard; Finn Mortensen, Executive Director at Climate Consortium Denmark; Helle Bank-Jørgensen, Advisory Partner at PWC; and Carsten Gerner, CEO at PWC.
190 diplomats and international company representatives attend the Count Down to COP15.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15), slated for early December 2009, is expected to bring 12,000 to 15,000 people from around the world to Copenhagen. The shear size of the 12 day conference and the global importance of the outcomes mean preparations must start today.

On September 30, COP15 preparations got underway at PricewaterhouseCoopers as officials described the goals, logistics and opportunities in 2009. The event, “Countdown to COP15”, brought together an array of diplomats, businesspeople, trade groups and other organizations.

Carsten Gerner, chief executive officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers Denmark, welcomed the audience and turned over the program to Helle Bank Jørgensen, partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Denmark.

The bottom line: COP15 and its run-up events present great opportunities for companies and their governments, said AmCham’s Stephen Brugger.

Thirteen months out from COP15, the event signaled the high level of interest in the enormous conference, which is intended to produce a new global climate pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol.

The Stakes

Denmark’s Minister for Climate and Energy, Connie Hedegaard, who hurried to the event from a key environmental committee meeting in Parliament, didn’t mince her words about the need to reach a comprehensive climate agreement at COP15. “The future of our planet is at stake,” she said, “The cost of inaction is too great to contemplate.” She called on governments around the world to bring their “most ambitious goals” to COP15, where she said Danish officials hope an “ambitious deal” to limit carbon emissions globally will be hammered out.

Hedegaard also urged business leaders to use their international networks to find, organize and advance new opportunities for sustainable growth.

The Conference

Officials described COP15 as a mega-event that presents huge opportunities as well as challenges.

The main sessions will take place at the Bella Center, with advance and parallel sessions, major conferences, exhibitions and other events at various locations in and around the city. All participants for official COP15 sessions must be accredited by the United Nations. These include members of national delegations, NGOs and other organizations.

Svend Olling, chief organizer of COP15 for Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said there are a number of options for interested businesses, including:

  • Exhibiting at Bright Green, a major trade expo slated for Parken on December 5-6 being organized by the Confederation of Danish Industry. See the link below.
  • Participating in one or more of climate change events leading up to COP15. These include major conferences such as the World Business Summit on Climate Change, slated for May 2009 in Copenhagen.
  • Hosting their own events, either during COP15 or those run-up events.

For Business

Director for the Climate Consortium, Finn Mortensen, presented the Consortium’s mission to draw national and international attention to COP15 and Denmark’s energy and climate competences.

One opportunity for Danish businesses, is Denmark’s national clean-tech competition now being organized, said Finn Mortensen. International businesses may also be included at some point, he said.

Mortensen added that companies and other organizations may also be interested in contacting the consortium, a public-private partnership, as they plan their COP15 activities, and to learn more about related events. The consortium is setting up a web-based informational map and an activity calendar.

Jasper Hedegaard Bojsen, Microsoft Denmark’s national technology officer, said “Countdown to COP15” was a step in the right direction toward getting organizations involved.

Click here to download the presentations from the event.


For general information, see:
Videos from the event


For a calendar of international events related to COP15:

For information on the May 2009 World Business Summit on Climate Change:

For United Nations COP 15 policy details:

For Bright Green Expo information:

For accreditation policies and procedures and logistical information, see:

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