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A New Hope for America’s Climate Future

December 10, 2019

4:15 – 5:45 p.m. CET at the Climate Action Center, Hall 6, Blue Zone, IFEMA, Madrid

Presidential Candidate Mike Bloomberg, actor and environmentalist Harrison Ford, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, and other officials will announce a new report by America’s Pledge that estimates the decarbonization potential of current US policies and accelerated measures at the state and local level compared with what could be accomplished with a combination of federal and local leadership on greenhouse gas reduction.

This will be followed by a panel discussion of the report’s findings, which will feature Carl Pope, former executive director of the Sierra Club and co-chair of America’s Pledge, RMI Principal Carla Frisch, Nate Hultman, director of the school of global sustainability at the University of Maryland, and others. RMI was a co-lead in writing the report Accelerating America’s Pledge, and coverage of the report and its underlying assumptions can be found in Energy Transition Magazine.

The event will be live-streamed here.

Country-Driven Climate Finance: Green Banks for Enhanced Ambition

December 11, 2019

10:30–11:00 a.m. CET at the Pavilion of the Americas, Blue Zone, IFEMA, Madrid

At this event showcasing efforts to develop green banks to meet national climate goals, Angela Whitney, a manager from RMI’s Global Climate Finance Program will be giving an overview of the green bank design platform. Whitney will join speakers from Mongolia, Rwanda, New Zealand, South Africa, and Spain, who will discuss progress in and challenges to establishing green banks in their respective nations.


The Climate Finance Access Network: Unlocking Green Finance in Developing Countries

December 11, 2019

12:00–1:00 p.m. at the NDC Partnership Pavilion, IFEMA, Madrid

In response to a clear demand signal from developing countries, a group of organizations has convened to establish the Climate Finance Access Network (CFAN). By cultivating a network of highly trained, embedded climate finance advisors, CFAN will support developing countries in securing and structuring finance for priority climate projects pursuant to Nationally Determined Contributions, National Adaptation Plans, the Sustainable Development Goals, and other climate targets.

Featuring representatives from developing countries and donor institutions, this panel discussion will introduce the key features of CFAN as well as the plan to deploy advisors in 30 countries in 2020. Panelists will include representatives from the following institutions: 

  • African Adaptation Initiative  
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada  
  • Government of Antigua and Barbuda   
  • Government of Tanzania 
  • Green Climate Fund  
  • NDC Partnership 

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Climate Alignment for Funders

December 11, 2019

4:45–6:15 p.m. CET in Room 4, Main Side Event Area, IFEMA, Madrid

How can financial institutions ensure their investments are consistent with the goals of the Paris Accord? Climate Policy Initiative and the UNEP Finance Initiative will join RMI for a discussion of this vital issue, which features a keynote by RMI Managing Director Paul Bodnar.


Live Webcast: Hope in the Global Push to Address Climate Crisis

December 11, 2019

11—11:45 a.m. ET

Join Rocky Mountain Institute’s Richenda Van Leeuwen, Managing Director of the Emerging Clean Economies Program, Jon Creyts, Managing Director of RMI Ventures, and moderator Jennifer Stokes, Managing Director of Development, for our live web broadcast from the National Press Club in Washington D.C. There we’ll discuss RMI’s latest research on the white spaces global leaders must rally around to identify and scale solutions to achieve a 1.5°C future in time, how real solutions can and must be scaled now, and what RMI is committed to in the year ahead to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. 

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