Up to and during the COP22 and future COPs, InnovaCOP, created by The Bridge Tank, is a platform for action and for exchanges that brings together different international actors all committed to put innovative solutions into practice:
Sherpas and negotiators of past and future COPs
Innovative business of all sizes
Experts and international organizations
InnovaCOP’s ambition is to bring these climate-friendly solutions that are adapted to the specificities of developing and emerging countries to the heart of official negotiations.
We believe that the COP 22 will mark the beginning of a new cycle of COPs where new actors are emerging and where adaptation allow for the creation of a new market that will rethink economic development through sustainable development. For all actors, today’s challenge is to identify the tools that will allow the implementation of the commitments made in December 2015, and to ensure that these tools are rapidly operational – when it comes to technological and financial innovation, the issues of intellectual property, the enhanced value of immaterial capital, etc.
InnovaCOP will provide its members with:
privileged access to an international network by organising a series of events leading up to, during, and after the COP 22 with the aim of finding joint solutions between different stakeholders.
InnovaCOP provides strategic expertise and collectively helps its members to:
comprehend the impact of the COPs on their activities,
make their voices heard during the negotiations and play a key role in the final decision making.
Download the full report here. This report details the discussions and conclusions at the LESC conference from November 14th to 16th as part of the COP22 in Marrakesh. The report is meant to be a collection of data, quotes, and viewpoints put forth by the speakers and panelists over this three-day period. In addition, we have added our own analysis and evaluation throughout the document, which is meant to help connect the different ideas presented. The LESC conference was intended as a workshop over solutions to reach the objectives of the Paris Agreement. It was thus action-oriented, with panel discussions intermixed with presentations on different innovations potentially critical in reaching said goals. As this was the COP of “action”, this was an appropriate format, and should provide policymakers with plenty of options in planning their own pathways to drastically lower emissions.
The Side Event “Structuring New Markets Linked to Climate Change: South-South Business Models for After the COP22” was organized in the Green Zone of the COP22 on November 16, 2016. The speakers included: Thomas Eymond-Laritaz, Director – APCO Global Solutions (Moderator); Abdeldjellil Bouzidi, Economist, Manager at Emena Advisory, Member of the Public Statistics Authority (France); Catherine Girard, Expert Leader, Energy and Commodities Strategy, Renault; Joël Ruet, Chairman – The Bridge Tank. This side event, introduced by Thomas Eymond-Laritaz, provided an opportunity to discuss the impact of climate change and the COP21 and COP22 on the economic and industrial sectors. A particular focus was the perspective of innovative business models created in the South-South dynamic. The idea was to anticipate future opportunities, reflect on the structuring of new and green industrial ecosystems, and examine the financial tools that will enable progress in these two areas.
The Bridge Tank arrived in Marrakech for the COP22 with a clear focus of the objectives ahead. In the context of the recent launch of our InnovaCOP platform, the purpose of our two-week stay was threefold:
The Side-Event « Innovation 360°: The Crossroads of Reflection and Innovation at the COP 22 », organized by the Bridge Tank, was held in the Africa Pavilion (located in the Blue Zone of COP22) on November 7th 2016.
The COP 22 marks the beginning of a new cycle of COPs: COPs of action. For all stakeholders, today’s challenge is to identify the tools that will permit the implementation of the commitments made last December. Thus, this will also be the COP of innovation: innovative ideas, tools, and solutions. This is why we are organising multiple side events in Marrakesh on the sidelines of the COP 22, as a part of our InnovaCOP initiative, a platform of action and interaction for innovation.
On September 28th, The Bridge Tank organized a dinner to launch the InnovaCOP platform at the Maison des Polytechniciens, in the heart of the 7th Arrondissement of Paris. Ms. Hakima El Haite, Deputy Minister of the Environment in Morocco, was present at the event, which brought together several renowned guests: presidents and representatives of foundations, members of the management team of companies, investment funds, lawyers, and experts.
There is a necessity today to create a forum for continuous dialogue between industrialists and financiers, between innovators and territories, between negotiators, legislators, and entrepreneurs, not forgetting civil society.
At the 27th summit of the African Union (AU), which took place in Kigali on the 17th and 18th of July, as a first, the AU’s invited none of its partners: France, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, the European Union, had to read the press… This was neither an oversight nor an anecdotal absence, but another sign that Africa intends to gather together to work towards its economic sovereignty…
France has announced that it will become the first country to issue Green Bonds. With that decision, Paris could become a leader in terms of green finance. It is also a way to tackle one of the two main issues when it comes to climate change: financing. The other issue is decarbonization, a commitment taken at COP21. This one could be tackled by issuing Carbon Sovereign Bonds"
Energy transition towards low-carbon production models, underway at the global level, is beginning to appear to many as a driver of industrial growth. This Policy Brief highlights that this is only possible by combining the innovation and revitalization of industrial sectors historically present in the concerned areas.
Development is not only industrial or urban. In this context, this policy brief introduces an inclusive growth strategy through the creation-intensification of economic agricultural ecosystems that form a truly diversified rural economy.
We participate in several renowned events in the lead up to the COP 22, among them:
The Bridge Tank participated at the MedCOP Climate Conference in Tangier, Morocco on the 18th and 19th of July, as part of the preparations for the COP 22, which will take place in November in Marrakesh. This year’s MedCOP conference was organized by the regional Council of the Tangier-Tétouan-Al Hoceima, it is the second conference of parties of the coastal states of the Mediterranean on climate change.
The city of Marrakesh in Morocco hosted the first African Forum for Renewable Energy on the 15th and 16th of July. The forum was organized conjointly by the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), the Moroccan Agency of Solar Energy, and the Minister Delegate of the Environment.