ICC’s policy positions and achievements highlighting business solutions to sustainability issues and problems.
Commission on Environment and Energy Mathieu Maes
The Commission on Environment and Energy acts as a voice for global business, representing the interests of ICC members in global dialogues related to sustainability issues and problems
With over 300+ members from tens of countries, the commission provides for a global forum including multinational corporations as well as representatives from industry associations in various fields of sustainability.
Since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the need for sustainable use of resources and respect for the environment has become increasingly apparent.
The commission examines major environmental and energy related policy issues of interest to world business via task forces and thematic groups. The commission usually meets twice a year, though task forces and other thematic groups may meet more frequently.
Members set the commission’s agenda and determine priorities as well as provide officers to facilitate task forces and thematic groups in conjunction with the commission’s secretariat in Paris. Each national committee (NC) or group may appoint delegates to represent it at meetings and officers of the commission are appointed by the Chairman and Secretary General in consultation with NCs.
The commission provides business input by elaborating multi-sectorial business policy positions, achievements and highlighting business solutions to sustainability issues and problems. ICC works closely with the United Nations to facilitate business participation and involvement at UN-organized events, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD).
Moreover, commission members gain influence at the national level through ICC’s global network of NCs and at the international level through ICC’s privileged links with major intergovernmental organizations.
Develop and promote global business priorities on resource and energy efficiency, including on enabling investment conditions, the water-energy nexus, and the efficient use/re-use of rare raw materials.
Ensure that global business priorities on climate change—realting to mitigation, adaptation/resilience, technology, markets and investment with a focus on innovation, finance, energy access, trade and substantive business engagement—are integral to the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris outcome.
Update the ICC Green Economy Roadmap, to include key success factors for effective public-private partnerships as a means to implement and scale up solutions that advance economic growth, societal development and environmental stewardship.
Provide practical guidance to companies on implementing the new ICC Charter for Sustainable Development to shape their sustainability strategies.
Offer business input and expertise to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), including to the International Resource Panel, the Climate Investment Funds, the UNEP/United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Green Industry Platform, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the environment/energy aspects of the SDGs/2030 Development Agenda.