06 Dec '11, 3pm

Can the Private Sector Play a Bigger Part at COP17?

Can the Private Sector Play a Bigger Part at COP17?

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres summed up this weekend the hope and frustration that the climate change negotiations -- also known as COP 17 -- uniquely embody. Speaking this weekend to jet-lagged executives from clean energy companies, she recounted hearing an agitated delegate barking into his cell phone: "I can't talk now. I'm at COP 71!" Well, for many it feels like it may take 54 more years to reach consensus in these delicate, divisive and complex negotiations to hash out what Figueres referred to as a "business plan for the planet." But, of course, time remains decidedly unfriendly to such a schedule and everyone in the room knew how very dark the humor was in Figueres' anecdote. Here with a delegation of green building advocates from South Africa, Jordan, France, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, I'm on the lookout for glimmers of hope. I found them ...

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