Fortum actively involved in COP24 in Katowice

The United Nations (UN) annual climate conference (COP) started in Katowice, Poland, on 3 December. Approximately 30,000 representatives of countries and international institutions, non-governmental organisations and businesses from all over the world will be debating on how to achieve the goals set in the 2015 Paris Agreement. Fortum is participating both in the conference programme and in World Climate Summit – Investment COP 2018, one of the largest business side events of COP24.



Kari Kankaanpää, Fortum’s Senior Manager, Climate Affairs, will be joining the delegation of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) during the second week of the COP24. “Climate change mitigation requires strong political commitment as well as ambitious and prompt action. Fortum calls for an ambitious, market-driven and long-term political framework as a prerequisite for the businesses investing in low-carbon technologies. As a leading clean-energy company we want to be involved in COP24, where policy makers, regulators, commerce and industry, and civil society meet to agree on the rules of the Paris Agreement,” says Kari Kankaanpää.

COP event
On 7 December, Izabela Van den Bossche, VP, Communications of Fortum’s City Solutions business, joined a panel discussion at a COP event by the Nordic Council of Ministers where Nordic companies presented their solutions on how to make our cities smarter and greener. Photo: Jacek Ławrecki

Fortum is a main partner of the World Climate Summit – Investment COP 2018

World Climate Summit – Investment COP will take place in Katowice on 11-12 December. WCS is the leading forum for business and investment-driven solutions to climate change, organised in parallel to the annual UN climate negotiations. The forum annually brings together more than 1,500 delegates, more than 500 of them are high-level decision makers from governments, cities, corporations, commercial and institutional investment banks, international expert organisations, civil society and more.  

Mikael Lemström, Fortum’s VP, Heating & Cooling, will be joining the panel discussion “Pushing the clean energy transition” on 11 December at the World Climate Summit. The debate will focus on clean energy business models, technologies and initiatives as well as ‘best practices’ in policy-making. In addition, Fortum has an exhibition stand at the WCS showcasing area. Our experts are presenting clean energy solutions and Fortum’s climate and energy policy messages.

“More than ever, we need to speed up climate action. I’m happy to discuss Fortum’s sustainable solutions for cities at the World Climate Summit. Our new CHP plant in Zabrze, in the neighbourhood of Katowice, is an excellent example of a local solution to global challenges. We at Fortum believe that in order to decarbonise society in the long term, we need to electrify it. At the same time, we have to look at different sectors together, not just electricity or heat or gas. We should combine all sectors and analyse the most cost-efficient way to decarbonise the society as a whole,” says Mikael Lemström. 

More information:
Kari Kankaanpää, Senior Manager, Climate Affairs, tel. +358 50 453 2330, e-mail: kari [dot] t [dot] kankaanpaa [at] fortum [dot] com

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