Cooperation and leadership at the ‘Olympics of climate and energy’

Enbridge attends COP 23 at Bonn, Germany as part of Government of Canada delegation

At the very heart of climate action lies cooperation.

Patricia Espinosa, the United Nation’s top climate official, asserted it in July. Heads of state and industry leaders from more than 150 countries all over the world are supporting it right now during the COP 23 international climate change conference at Bonn, Germany.

“Think of this as the Olympics of climate and energy,” says Enbridge’s Chief Sustainability Officer Linda Coady, who’s been participating in COP 23 panel discussions this week.

With the global population expected to reach 9.7 billion people by 2050, the threat of climate change is already evident for many, with rising seas, eroding coastlines and saltwater intrusion into agricultural lands.

Enbridge recognizes that climate change is a global issue, and that real impact requires a collaborative approach involving government, industry and all Canadians to find solutions that:

  • Protect the environment;
  • Meet our collective and growing need for energy; and
  • Limit the release of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

That’s why Ms. Coady has been in Bonn during COP 23—formally known as the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)—as part of the Government of Canada’s delegation.

“Canada has a unique opportunity to set a global example of how a country with a resource and trade-based economy—and highly diverse sources of greenhouse gas emissions—can provide leadership on the public policies, business strategies and new technologies that can accelerate the shift to a low-carbon future without sacrificing economic prosperity,” Ms. Coady said Wednesday.

During COP 23, Ms. Coady has been sharing Enbridge’s commitment to energy sustainability—which includes expanding our natural gas and renewables businesses—as part of an initiative to highlight Canadian business leadership in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

During a Wednesday panel discussion entitled Canada and the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), Ms. Coady brought a business perspective on key policy components that can drive emissions reduction.

“A partnership like the CPLC can help companies learn how to use new tools—carbon pricing, disclosure and scenario planning—to inform their business strategies and manage climate-related risks,” she said.

(TOP PHOTO: Enbridge's Chief Sustainability Officer Linda Coady, second from left, speaks during a panel discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at COP 23 in Bonn, Germany.)