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The Road to COP26: Elevating Conversations on our Climate Future

Jacobs’ Chair and CEO Steve Demetriou and other global leaders in the organization will be facilitating ongoing dialogues at two major world climate events leading up to COP26; World Climate Forum North America and World Climate Forum Asia.

As Global Strategic Partner for World Climate Forum,  Jacobs aims to draw on our experience from across the world to enhance cross-sector dialogue between key stakeholders to strengthen coalitions and alliances, focusing on transforming commitments into actions that support the Paris Agreement and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals across the World Climate Foundation’s Strategic Roadmap to COP26.

The importance of our global climate actions in the next nine years cannot be understated. Recently, a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirmed that we’re at imminent risk of hitting the climate tipping point of 1.5°C much sooner than predicted. This could well be in less than a decade, resulting in calamitous weather extremes of irreversible consequences.

To limit global temperature, rise as close as possible to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, it is crucial that leaders from government, businesses and civil society organizations advance immediate and long-term climate actions in line with the goals under the Paris Agreement and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

As a Global Strategic Partner of World Climate Forum, we’re proud to commit our investment, efforts and resources to help our industries, clients and communities transform commitments into actions.

This September, we will be elevating critical conversations at two major world climate events leading up to COP26; World Climate Forum North America and World Climate Forum Asia 2021, which will be taking place virtually.

Jacobs Chair and CEO Steve Demetriou will be delivering an opening address on ‘The Asian Century - Carbon Neutral Transformation of Mega Cities’ to explore the challenges and limitations of the current approach to decarbonizing cities and how a more holistic approach can help accelerate our transition to net-zero, while at the same time help address entrenched social issues and inequalities in communities.

Both events will gather senior policymakers and high-level public and private actors from around the world for action-oriented discussions on advancing net-zero targets across all sectors to limit global warming to 1.5°, as well as accelerate the green recovery and adaptation.

World Climate Forum North America, September 22

This year’s World Climate Forum North America will take place virtually on September 22 during New York Climate Week and the United Nations General Assembly. The objective of the event is to present opportunities for the advancement of global climate goals towards COP26 in line with ‘Build Back Better’ recovery plan through public-private collaboration, innovation and solutions.

The program will focus on energy transition, infrastructure and recovery and adaptation to help industries transition toward clean economy through green recovery and accelerate decarbonization efforts through finance, innovation and infrastructure.

The key themes at World Climate Forum North America include:

  • Race to Net Zero – progress through policy and innovation.
  • Net zero emissions by 2050 boosting climate resilient infrastructure.
  • Clean energy revolution.
  • Accelerating clean transportation.
  • Advancing green recovery finance.

Join Jacobs Transit Market Director Americas Gary Thomas on a panel discussion, ‘Accelerating Clean Transportation: Making far reaching investments, policies and innovation to catalyze progress in America’s Auto Industry and Transit Sector’.

Take part in the conversation and register for World Climate Forum America here.

World Climate Forum Asia, September 28

Taking place virtually during Ecosperity Week, World Climate Forum Asia will gather senior policymakers and key public and private actors, including Steve Demetriou who will be launching this event, from around the world for action-oriented discussions on advancing net zero targets with focus on Asia Pacific regions. It will support the mobilization of local and international efforts and leverage green financial and economic models for the net-zero transition and facilitate high-level discussions on prioritizing scalable public and private sector strategies on growing carbon markets, clean energy transition and nature-based solutions.

The key themes at World Climate Forum Asia include:

  • The Asian Century - Carbon Neutral Transformation of Mega Cities.
  • Building climate resilience, embracing innovation for decarbonization infrastructure.
  • Leading the energy transition, finance.
  • Transforming and decarbonizing energy systems, renewables.
  • The path to COP26 - Asia’s role and commitments.

Register for World Climate Forum Asia here.

Through a strong and engaging digital platform, these World Climate Forum Series will present opportunities for the advancement of global climate goals and momentum towards COP26 through public-private collaboration, innovation, policy regulations and sustainable investment strategies.

Find out more on how we’re supporting the Drive to Net Zero in Partnership with The World Climate Foundation here.

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