On the occasion of the COP23, Solvay reconfirms its commitment to act forcefully in the fight against climate change. “Business has a critical role to play in implementing the Paris Agreement, explains Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay. By joining forces with clients, leading brand owners, governments and civil society, we will be able to accelerate the energy transition to match the Paris Agreement.”

This year again, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu will engage with other business leaders and ministers during the COP and stress the need for:

  • a shared leadership and joining forces between all parties
  • accelerating in disruptive innovation
  • upscaling the impact of carbon pricing while ensuring a level-playing field for technologies with a better carbon footprint
  • implementing in a pragmatic way the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) recommendations.

Allying with peers, start-ups, organizations and academics, is crucial in the difficult journey to a better world. Finding technology breakthroughs is part of the answer and Solvay’s R&I and business teams are working to create new climate-positive solutions. Additionally, it will take having the right ecosystems to make the required in-depth transformations.

Solvay teams are involved in the Low Carbon Technology Partnership Initiative (LCTPi) since inception, as well as in other projects of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), in which Jean-Pierre Clamadieu serves as Vice-Chair.

Earlier this year, Solvay partnered with the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions network launched by Bertrand Piccard, the Solar Impulse initiator.

The scientific evidence is there: the world needs to act now and fast to reduce GHG emissions. “At Solvay, we are both reducing the impact of our own operations and growing climate-positive solutions for the markets they serve. Focusing on one of the two levers is not enough. They must be combined to truly change the climate story”, says Pascal Chalvon-Demersay, CSO of Solvay.

Solvay is willing to go further. It calls for governments to set the right conditions for achieving success on two critical milestones of the Paris Agreement:

  • Implement the emission reductions strategies that have been announced under the Paris Agreement
  • Organize the pathway, during the Bonn negotiations, for concluding the Facilitative Dialogue and deciding the measures required to operationalize the Paris Agreement in the field of ​​transparency and reporting (art 13) and of international cooperation thanks to market mechanisms (art 6) in 2018.