The Bridge Tank at COP22 : Programme of our Side-Events

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.

At these events, we will realise the main ambition of InnovaCOP: to gather stakeholders from different fields and regions, all committed to working together to apply innovative solutions. Furthermore, we would like to bring the results of the debates and the discussed solutions to the heart of official negotiations.


Please find below the detailed programme of InnovaCOP side events during the COP 22:


 1. “Innovation 360°”: The crossroads of reflection and innovation at the COP 22

Venue : Blue Zone – Africa Pavilion – Room 2

Date and time: 7 November 2016, 12:00pm-13:30pm

This side event is dedicated to Africa’s commitment in the fight against climate change, and offers a privileged forum for key African stakeholders in this field. Policymakers, businessmen, investors, scientists, and influential intellectuals will be able to take advantage of this opportunity to raise their voices and share their experiences in order to contribute to the discussions conducted with the aim of accelerating the development of the continent through renewable energy and implementing practical solutions for Africa.  Similarly, by bringing together investors from around the world and African leaders that support the fight against global warming, the event positioned at the Africa Pavillion, will help African countries to find new sources of funding to realize their objectives.

Keynote speakers : Hakima El Haite (Minister of Environment of Morocco), Seyni Nafo (Africa group president – COP), Laurence Tubiana (High-Level Climate Champion), 


2. Towards 360° innovation in the fight against climate change


Venue : Radisson Blu Hotel

Date and Time: 9 November 2016, 14:30pm-18:00 pm

The Innovation 360° side event, is an initiative with the official COP 22 label that will take place in connection with the COP 22 in Marrakesh and aims to influence the outcome of debates at the COP 22, particularly about financial issues, national regulation on investment, intellectual property and the transfer of technology; to create synergy between actors; to showcase innovative solutions in the fight against climate change. Innovation 360 °will encourage, through prior preparation and expert support, privileged interactions between climate negotiators, leaders of large companies, innovators, funders of innovation, public-policy makers and representatives of civil society, gathered in three panels : financial innovation, technological innovation and behavioural innovation.

Keynote speakers : Daniel Kammen (Special Envoy to John Kerry), Abdou Diop (President of African Commission, CGEM), Mamadou Lamine Diallo (Former Cabinet Director, President of the African Union Commission), Liu Qian (Executive Director of the Research Center for Climate and Energy Finance, China), Representatives from Orange,Renault, CESE, OCP…

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3. Structuring new climate change markets: South-South business models for after the COP 22 


Venue: Green Zone- Room 3 

Date and time : 16 November 2016, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


This side event offers a new analysis of globalization after the COP21 and COP22 built on an approach by global, regional, and local ecosystems. This approach also includes a part of tomorrow’s markets: where many innovations of Western markets will be profitable in emerging or developing countries. It is thus necessary to create a meeting place between different businesses and policy makers, where they will be able to discuss challenges, develop a common understanding of the consequences of future regulations and determine the impact of the COP21 and COP22 on their own fields, with a clear view of future opportunities.


Keynote Speakers : Wang Yao (Secretary General, Standing Committee for Climate Finance, China), Thomas Eymond-Laritaz (Executive Director, APCO Global Solutions), Abdeldjellil Bouzidi (Managing Partner, Emena Advisory)

4. Which Innovations to face Climate Change ?


Venue: Green Zone– Room 5

Date and time: 16 November 2016, 13 pm-14:30pm

This side event is geared into identifying good practices in adaptation of models to developing countries, mobilization of resources, incentive regulations. It aims at promoting South-south co-innovation, capitalisation on intellectual property and know-how for innovative models around local ecosystems. Last but not least, it wishes to underline the value of behavioural and civic innovation on human capital, education and valorisation of immaterial capital towards public policies of inclusive green-tech deployment.

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Keynote Speakers : Irina Bokova (General Director of UNESCO), Jasmine Zerinini (Lawyer – Board Member of The Bridge Tank), Ajay Mathur (General Director, TERI-The Energy and Resources Institute)


In addition to the side events, the Bridge Tank team will also be mobilised to speak and participate at other events in order to spread our message and continue to gather and promote innovative solutions.

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