HEC Paris community raises awareness of climate change

10 October 2015

On October 1st 2015, HEC Paris invited students, professors, staff, alumni and companies to take an active role in climate change, and to discuss business solutions to fight global warming.

The aim of the conference was to address various questions, such as: ‘How is climate change radically redefining business models and practices?’, ‘How can companies drive an ambitious and fast enough transition towards a low carbon or carbon neutral economy?’ and ‘How is the HEC Paris community committed to driving this cultural change?’

The day began with a conference held by climatologist Hervé Le Treut, who underlines that we are still facing new challenges regarding climate change due to delayed political decisions. With the possibility of exceeding deadlines comes the likely inability to be able to deal with the 2° challenge. This is an issue which must be taken seriously, and not just as a political point.

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The main issue is not climate change, but its consequences and what we will be able to repair. How can we change our way of life and our relationship with the environment? You can listen to Hervé Le Traut’s speech here or watch the conference.

Throughout the afternoon, the Forum Entrepreneurs for Climate brought together emerging, innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs, selected venture capitalists and the larger community, to empower new ideas to create a promising future.Listen to Yvan Debay, HEC Alumnus, and Founder at Origo .

The audience also had the opportunity to attend several workshops about Energy Transition, Green Finance, Sustainable Cities, Consumption & Climate, Carbon Pricing, Enery Efficiency.

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Then came the evening conference. In a first keynote speech, Jeremy Rifkin, author of 'The Zero Marginal Cost Society' , shared his inspiring insights regarding the Third Industrial Revolution and a Zero Marginal Cost Society.

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A commitment video was made by students of HEC, Faculty members and PhD students from SnO.

The following round table - moderated by Claire Tutenuit, General secretary of Entreprises pour l'Environnement - included: Emmanuel Faber (H.86), CEO of Danone; Bertrand Badré (H.89), Managing Director and World Bank Group CFO; Bruno Lafont (H.77), Co-Chair of Lafarge-Holcim; Tristan Lecomte (H.96), Founder of Alter Eco and Pur Projet. The debate was about : "How business can contribute to tackle climate change".

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