"We need to prove that protecting the environment is profitable and in everyone's best interests. We can do this by holding up successful examples."
– Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment
The Sustainable Innovation Forum is the largest business-focused event during the annual Conference of Parties (COP). The Forum is organised in partnership with the UN Environment – the world’s foremost body on environmental protection and stewardship.
In 2017, during COP23, SIF brought together 600+ carefully handpicked delegates, including : Ministers of Energy and Climate Change, Blue Chip CEOs, Mayors, Responsible Investors, Development Banks, Green Entrepreneurs and media, for two packed days of capacity building, networking, collaboration and deal making that will galvanise and fast track the green economy.
Climate Action is excited to bring SIF to Katowice! The city’s sustainable revitalisation, economic transformation and eco-responsibility, as well as Poland’s upcoming Presidency of the Eastern European Group, position them as the ideal host for the climate negotiations. We look forward to the outcomes of COP24 and making the Paris Agreement fully operational.
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Our satisfied attendees say it best
“The 2017 Sustainable Innovation Forum brought together an impressive group of leading leaders and thinkers on low-carbon investment and innovation. Energy transition is critical to meeting climate goals, and the IEA was pleased to engage with participants on important topics of energy transition in the transport sector.”Paul Simons Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency
“The SIF at COP23 was a great opportunity to get into the detail of how different actors are implementing the Paris agreement. We had a great panel discussing how cities are developing climate action plans and disclosing their progress against those including an honest dialogue
about the challenges and opportunities cities face.”Paul Simpson CEO, CDP
"To get on the right path to a better, safer future, we need to work together on common and systemic solutions, and to address the drivers of environmental degradation. The Sustainable Innovation Forum provides a valuable opportunity to share ideas and learn what others are doing.”Naoko Ishii CEO & Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
"The Sustainable Innovation Forum brings together leading companies, high-level ministers, mayors from cities all over the world and young professionals to discuss the obstacles and opportunities of a sustainable development. It’s all about cooperation when tackling climate change. We always pick up new ideas and expand our network with the SIF.”
Dr. Thomas Becker Vice President of Government Affairs, BMW Group
“The Sustainable Innovation Forum is my favourite event at the COP. Positive, practical and inspiring.”Jane Burston Head - Centre for Carbon Measurement, National Physical Laboratory
“The Sustainable Innovation Forum is one of the key side events during the COP conferences. I am very pleased to have been part of this outstanding forum, bringing together an excellent mix of speakers and participants”.Jonathan Taylor Vice-President Environment and Climate Action, European Investment Bank (EIB)
“I thought the event was excellent, bringing together some very diverse perspectives and with a welcome visibility for different age groups, especially the young professionals”.Joan McNaughton Chair, The World Energy Council
“The Sustainable Innovation Forum gave hope to everyone, as it presented the issue of climate change under the angle of profitable solutions rather than expensive problems.”Dr Bertrand Piccard Initiator, Chairman and Pilot, Solar Impulse