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From 7.15pm on 5 September, the BMW Group joined the influential climate summit in Katowice, Poland, leading one of the three panels discussing the future of sustainable transportation and climate policies and business models.

BMW Climate Alliance attendees heard from: Michael J. Power, Chairman and CEO, BMW Group; Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Chairman and CEO, Green Cross International; Mayuri Sabharwal, President and CEO, Hybrid Technologies LLC; and Paolo Martini, General Manager, Business Innovation and Strategy, BMW Group UK & Ireland.

BMW Climate Alliance has committed to doubling its fleet CO2 emissions reductions from 2015 to 2025 and the group’s model range will be significantly electrified by 2025.


The event was co-hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s Minister of International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. Prime Minister Trudeau engaged with attendees on three key tracks – climate action, gender equity and economic development – and told attendees that Canada supports a low-carbon economy and looking to the future in Paris.

“We can get there and we’re ready and we are prepared,” said Trudeau. “Canada looks forward to the momentum built in Paris next year at COP25. Progress is being made every day; we’ve got more work to do. In order to meet our ambitious targets we will need strong ambition across the entire value chain, from agriculture to transportation, from fisheries to mining, in order to ensure we are decarbonizing and creating opportunity in all sectors.”

Minister Bibeau said, “By taking tangible actions on climate change, we are showing progress. Canada is showing and committing to real, sustainable and inclusive change. This will keep momentum in play and will give us a better chance of success in Paris at COP25.”

PM Justin Trudeau, SDG Alliance CEO Roland deValerismy, SDG Alliance Founding Executive Committee Member Dr Vandana Shiva and SDG Alliance CMD Cyril Thompson (r)

President of the South African Communist Party Cllr. Zwelinzima Vavi, Canadian President of COP23 Kristalina Georgieva, and President of COP26 and European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian Minister of International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau

And here was the group with the doyen of the US environmental community, Frances Beinecke, whose organisation the Natural Resources Defense Council led a major chorus of global campaigners demanding action on climate change.

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