By Leighton Barnish on 28/09/2022
COP27, the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, will take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 9-17 November. COP is widely considered to be the preeminent forum for finding solutions to solve the climate crisis. This year’s conference is likely to focus heavily on climate finance, as well as climate resilience and adaptation in Africa. Given its location, COP27 will offer the opportunity to amplify the voices of those from developing countries, many of whom are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The full conference agenda is available here.
For businesses, the Conference will offer the chance to bring the climate emergency centre-stage among world leaders as the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis has put climate related issues in the back seat.
There is also growing expectation among governments and the public that businesses will need to play a bigger role in addressing the climate emergency. The conference offers the opportunity for businesses to demonstrate their credentials. For businesses attending, it also offers the chance to:
Who can attend COP?
Blue Zone: for government delegates, where negotiations take place
Green Zone: space for businesses, youth, civil society, indigenous communities, academic and artists to convene
Innovation Zone: for private sector engagement; does not require Blue/Green Zone accreditation. Built environment and hydrogen are likely to be key focus areas within this zone.
Map of the COP27 layout
Powerscourt’s sustainability team has considerable experience and expertise around climate action conferences including COP. For information on how your business could get involved at COP27, please contact Leighton Barnish and Jourdan Webb on email@example.com