A Chronology of Individual Summit and Pre-Summit Announcements: 

January 25

  • GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT LEADER ANAND MAHINDRA ISSUES NEW CLIMATE CHALLENGE TO CORPORATIONS – In an effort to spur further climate action at this year’s Global Climate Action Summit (Summit) in September and at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in December, Summit co-chair and Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra today challenged businesses around the world to join the growing number of companies committed to setting greenhouse gas reduction targets in line with climate science.

February 2

Mar 20

  • GREEN BOND PLEDGE FOUNDATION SIGNATORIES ANNOUNCED ON EVE OF GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT – The Luxemburg Green Exchange (LGX) joins the U.S. State Treasurers of California, New Mexico and Rhode Island, the Cities of Asheville and San Francisco – California, King County – Washington, Australian pension fund Local Government Super (LGS) and financial firms Global New Energy Finance and R3 Returns, as founding signatories to the Green Bond Pledge.

May 2

  • BUSINESS DEMONSTRATES BOLD ACTION AT PARIS AGREEMENT PROGRESS TALKS IN BONN – Organizers of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) taking place this September in San Francisco have today provided new evidence of how cities, states, regions, businesses and investors are taking climate ambition to the next level. In this way, they are helping to build momentum for a successful outcome for the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland (COP24) at the end of the year.
  • TECH TITANS URGED TO LEAD IN DECARBONIZATION OF GLOBAL ECONOMY – The global technology sector was today urged to dramatically step up climate action by pledging to halve their emissions every decade to realize the international goals of a carbon neutral world by 2050.

May 10

  • “CLEAN TRILLION” INVESTMENT GOAL IN SIGHT AND ACHIEVABLE – As global clean energy transition takes hold and the market matures, a new Ceres report released today finds that the “Clean Trillion” – the goal of an additional $1 trillion investment in clean energy per year through 2050 – is eminently feasible.

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June 11

  • FORESTS, FOOD AND LAND CAN DELIVER 30% OF SOLUTIONS NEEDED TO TACKLE CLIMATE CRISIS BY 2030 – As part of the Global Climate Action Summit, WWF, together with a broad coalition of partners, today issued the 30X30 Forests, Food and Land Challenge: calling on businesses, states, city and local governments, and global citizens to take action for better forest and habitat conservation, food production and consumption, and land use, working together across all sectors of the economy to deliver up to 30% of the climate solutions needed by 2030.

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September 10

  • NEW FRONTIERS IN CORPORATE LEADERSHIP ON RENEWABLE POWER – In the global entertainment industry’s biggest move on renewable electricity yet, one of the world’s largest electronics and entertainment companies, Sony Corporation, joins RE100, alongside management consulting leader McKinsey & Company, global coworking and community company WeWork and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
  • SONY CORPORATION JOINS RE 100 TO SOURCE 100% RENEWABLE POWER
    Sony corporation, an electronics and entertainment company, has announced to join RE 100 ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, United States.
  • GOOGLE LAUNCHES ENVIRONMENT INSIGHTS EXPLORER (BETA) – Impact begins with insights. Explore data to make informed decisions and inspire action.
  • INDUSTRIAL GIANTS PIONEER WAYS TO SMARTER ENERGY – As the world looks to heavy industry to help drive emissions cuts, leading Indian companies UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd, Mahindra Heavy Engines Ltd, and Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies (GILAC) – and the South African chemical giant Sasol – have today pledged to put energy efficiency at the heart of their business growth strategies by joining EP100.

September 11

  • SOUTHPOLE, IXO FOUNDATION, GOLDSTANDARD DEVELOP BLOCKCHAIN APPLICATION FOR CARBON CREDIT TOKENIZATION – SouthPole, ixo Foundation, and Gold Standard to use new blockchain application at solar PV project in Thailand to monitor, report and verify greenhouse gases.
  • SUNRUN EXPANDS SOLAR ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMUNITIES
    Home solar leader commits to developing 100 megawatts of solar on affordable housing by 2028, directly benefiting 50,000 California families.
  • DBL PARTNERS AND ZOLA ELECTRIC ANNOUNCE NIGERIA EXPANSION AT GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT – DBL Part­ners and its port­fo­lio com­pany ZOLA Elec­tric (“ZOLA”), for­merly Off Grid Elec­tric, today announced a Global Cli­mate Action Sum­mit pledge to expand energy access in Nige­ria through PAYGo Solar and dis­place the neg­a­tive cli­mate and health effects of fossil-​​fuel pow­ered gen­er­a­tors.
  • GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT: 9 FOUNDATIONS PLEDGE $459M TO FORESTS, INDIGENOUS RIGHTS, AND LANDS TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE – Nine of the world’s leading philanthropic foundations announced their intent to commit at least $459 million through 2022 to the protection, restoration and expansion of forests and lands worldwide and the recognition of indigenous peoples’ and traditional communities’ collective land rights and resource management.

September 12

September 13

  • FUNDERS STAND TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF FORESTS, RIGHTS, AND LANDS FOR CLIMATE – As leaders of philanthropic organizations, we are participating in the Global Climate Action Summit by stepping up our support to protect, restore, and expand forests, make land use more sustainable, and secure the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, who are the best stewards of their lands, territories, and forests
  • HALVING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS BY 2030: ROADMAP SHOWS WHAT’S NEEDED IN EACH SECTOR – A report published Thursday shows the potential for all sectors of global economy – energy, food and agriculture, industry, buildings and transport – to halve greenhouse gas emissions by around 2030. Stronger policies, the digital revolution and greater climate leadership are necessary to accelerate the economic transformation, say the authors
  • LEADERS COMMIT TO SAVE 209 MILLION TONNES OF CARBON EMISSIONS EQUIVALENT (CO2E) BY 2050 AT LAUNCH OF WORLD GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL’S NET ZERO CARBON BUILDINGS COMMITMENT – Today, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) officially launched its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (the Commitment) as part of the momentous Global Climate Action Summit, celebrating 38 founding signatories
  • WORLD ROLLS FORWARD ON ELECTRIC VEHICLES AS US GOVERNMENT TRIES TO ROLL BACK – In the biggest collective demonstration of demand for electric vehicles to date 26 states, cities, regions and businesses today simultaneously announced 100% zero emission vehicle targets
  • MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA TO GO CARBON NEUTRAL BY 2040 – Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), India’s leading manufacturer of utility vehicles and part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, today announced its commitment to become a carbon neutral company by 2040
  • NEW COLLABORATION OF TWENTY-ONE COMPANIES IS DEDICATED TO ACCELERATING CLIMATE ACTION USING THE POWER OF TECHNOLOGY – Today, at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, CA, twenty-one companies will announce the launch of the Step Up Declaration, a new alliance dedicated to harnessing the power of emerging technologies and the fourth industrial revolution to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across all economic sectors and ensure a climate turning point by 2020
  • MAJOR COMPANIES JOIN FORCES TO DRIVE CLIMATE RESILIENCE IN SUPPLY CHAIN – BSR today launched a new corporate leadership platform that will aid companies in the fight against climate change:
  • NEW CLIMATE ACTIONS ACROSS INDIA – City and state leaders from India are scaling up their actions to combat climate change and to protect citizens from hazardous climate impacts
  • SURGE IN GLOBAL BUSINESS EMBRACING CLIMATE SCIENCE TO NAVIGATE LOW-CARBON TRANSITION – Nearly three years on from the landmark Paris Agreement and with time running out before greenhouse gas emissions must peak, 2018 has seen an unprecedented rise in the number of companies committing to reduce their emissions in line with the levels required to prevent dangerous global warming
  • FUNDERS STAND TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF FORESTS, RIGHTS, AND LANDS FOR CLIMATE – As leaders of philanthropic organizations, we are participating in the Global Climate Action Summit by stepping up our support to protect, restore, and expand forests, make land use more sustainable, and secure the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, who are the best stewards of their lands, territories, and forests
  • TEN NEW POWERING PAST COAL ALLIANCE MEMBERS ANNOUNCED AT GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT – These new members demonstrate growing global momentum behind the phase-out of unabated coal power generation. Their diversity and depth of experience reflects the increasing number of jurisdictions that share our ambition to take action to accelerate clean growth and climate protection
  • The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced a half billion US dollar financial commitment in new grant funds for food, land use, and restoration projects
  • Major U.S. Law Firms Come Together To Contribute $15 Million In Pro Bono Services To Advance Sustainability
  • INFLUENTIAL PRIVATE SECTOR COALITION TO HALT DEFORESTATION IN BRAZIL’S CERRADO REGION SEES RAPID GROWTH – The FAIRR Initiative is delighted to partner with Tesco, Marks & Spencer, McDonald’s, Ahold Delhaize, Unilever, Walmart and the Consumer Goods Forum to build investor support for the Cerrado Manifesto
  • 27 C40 CITIES HAVE PEAKED THEIR GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS – In 2016, nations ratified an international agreement on climate change, the Paris Agreement, thereby committing to ambitious efforts to keep global average temperature rise to well below 2º C above pre-industrial levels, and to further pursue efforts to limit temperature rise to 1.5º C
  • GREEN BOND PLEDGE FOUNDING SIGNATORIES ANNOUNCED: US CITIES, LGX, LGS IN FIRST WAVE OF COMMITMENTS ON EVE OF GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT – Australia’s Local Government Super (LGS) and Luxemburg Green Exchange (LGX) join the U.S. State Treasurers of California, New Mexico and Rhode Island, the Cities of Asheville and San Francisco – California, King County – Washington, and financial firms Global New Energy Finance and R3 Returns, as founding signatories to the Green Bond Pledge:
  • MAYOR AND COMPTROLLER ANNOUNCE PENSION FUND GOAL TO INVEST $4 BILLION IN CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS BY 2021 – Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Stringer, and other trustees of New York City’s pension funds today announced a new goal to double the investments of the NYC Funds in climate change solutions to $4 billion or 2% of the City’s $195 billion pension portfolio over the next 3 years:
  • CALIFORNIA CLEAN ENERGY FUND INVESTS IN CKERS FINANCE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY BOND TO BUILD NEW SEGMENTS IN INDIA – The Innovations arm of the California Clean Energy Fund announced that it is investing $3 million in cKers Finance’s Sustainable Energy Bond issuance for India:
  • APG ACTIVE AT GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT 2018 IN SAN FRANCISCO – A leading investor of pension capital, APG regards climate change as a systemic long-term risk for the global economy. At the Global Climate Action Summit 2018 in San Francisco several representatives of APG have been present and active:
  • ABOARD HYBRID ELECTRIC FERRY ON THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY, GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS BILLS TO PROMOTE ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLES, REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a comprehensive package of bills aimed at dramatically reducing carbon emissions by boosting the number of zero-emission vehicles and charging stations in California and getting dirty cars and trucks off the road:
  • FUNDERS STAND TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF FORESTS, RIGHTS, AND LANDS FOR CLIMATE – As leaders of philanthropic organizations, we are participating in the Global Climate Action Summit by stepping up our support to protect, restore, and expand forests, make land use more sustainable, and secure the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, who are the best stewards of their lands, territories, and forests.
  • LAUNCH OF THE GLOBAL GREEN BOND PARTNERSHIP – Today, the Global Green Bond Partnership (GGBP) launched at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS).
  • INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE TO COMBAT OCEAN ACIDIFICATION ANNOUNCES GOVERNMENT COMMITMENTS AT THE GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT – The International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (OA Alliance) today announced new country, state and city members, including the Netherlands, Hawaii, Virginia, and Seattle who are committing to take action to protect oceans from the impacts of rising carbon emissions.
  • GEF FINANCIAL COMMITMENT – The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced a half billion US dollar financial commitment in new grant funds for food, land use, and restoration projects.
  • MAJOR U.S. LAW FIRMS COME TOGETHER TO CONTRIBUTE $15 MILLION IN PRO BONO SERVICES TO ADVANCE SUSTAINABILITY – Nine of the U.S.’s most respected law firms announced a groundbreaking initiative to deliver free legal services worth $15 million by 2020 to advance sustainability across the globe

September 14

  • PACIFIC COAST COLLABORATIVE DECLARATION ON CLIMATE RESILIENCE – Today, Governors Jerry Brown (CA) and Jay Inslee (WA) announced on behalf of the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC) a new effort to strengthen climate resilience at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS)
  • AS NEW YORK AND LONDON MAYORS, WE CALL ON ALL CITIES TO DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS – Mayor de Blasio and City Comptroller Stringer pledged to double the city’s pension investments in climate solutions by 2021 – bringing the grand total to over $4 billion, or 2% of the city’s total assets:
  • NET ZERO CARBON BUILDINGS COMMITMENT LAUNCHED AT THE GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT – Leaders commit to save 209 million tonnes of carbon emissions equivalent (co2e) by 2050 at launch of World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings commitment:
  • TALANOA STATEMENT & JOINT SUBMISSION
    Ministers and Partners of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition declare our commitment to ACT to help deliver the full potential of the mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants (methane, HFC and black carbon) to supplement and enhance scaled-up actions on CO2.
  • PHILANTHROPIC COMMUNITY ANNOUNCES $4 BILLION COMMITMENT TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE 29 philanthropists pledged $4 billion over the next five years to combat climate change—the largest-ever philanthropic investment focused on climate change mitigation. The announcement represents a broad global commitment to accelerate proven climate and clean-energy strategies, spur innovation and support organizations around the world working to protect the air they breathe and the communities they call home.
  • GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT SCORES A FIRST IN SUSTAINABLE EVENTS MANAGEMENT – After developing a comprehensive sustainability roadmap and undergoing months of third-party assessment, the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) was certified compliant to ISO 20121, the International Standards Organization (ISO)’s industry standard for sustainable event management.
  • REVAMPED UN CLIMATE ACTION PORTAL TO CAPTURE AND DRIVE CLIMATE ACTION – UN Climate Change is presenting a revamped version of its Climate Action Portal, featuring the accelerated action underway by cities, regions, companies and investors to achieve the collective goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • CONNECTICUT, MARYLAND JOIN STATES CURBING SUPER-POLLUTANT HFCS TO PROTECT THE CLIMATE – The state of Connecticut today joined Maryland, New York and California in directing their state agencies to draft standards phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a group of super-polluting greenhouse gases used in commercial and residential cooling systems.
  • GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS DEC TO PHASE OUT USE OF HYDROFLUOROCARBONS IN NEW YORK STATE – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he was directing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to promulgate regulations to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons, a group of potent greenhouse gas pollutants used in a wide variety of applications.
  • U.S. CLIMATE ALLIANCE STATEMENT ON LEADERSHIP – Across every sector, U.S. Climate Alliance states continue to lead the nation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and have done so while growing our economies faster than the rest of the nation and creating 1.3 million clean energy jobs.
  • NORTHAM ADMINISTRATION TAKES NEW STEPS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE, OCEAN ACIDIFICATION – Governor Ralph Northam this week announced a series of actions to help Virginia better address the impacts of carbon pollution from fossil fuels. Governor Northam has directed the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to identify ways to improve environmental protection in the Commonwealth.
  • TALANOA STATEMENT & JOINT SUBMISSION – Ministers and Partners of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition declare our commitment to ACT to help deliver the full potential of the mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants (methane, HFC and black carbon) to supplement and enhance scaled-up actions on CO2
  • GOVERNOR BROWN CLOSES GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT: “”WE’RE LAUNCHING OUR OWN DAMN SATELLITE – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that the State of California is teaming up with San Francisco-based Earth imaging company Planet Labs (Planet) to develop and eventually launch a satellite that will track climate change-causing pollutants with unprecedented precision and help the world dramatically reduce these destructive emissions.
  • MAYOR DE BLASIO: C40, LONDON AND NY: Launch of a new network to connect and support cities undertaking divestment.
  • AFD CEO REMY RIOUX: C40 AND THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCE DEVELOPMENT CLUB: issued a joint statement to collaborate on climate action planning, capacity development, access to finance.
  • DEPUTY MAYOR OF LONDON SHIRLEY RODRIGUES: announced a partnership between London, C40, We Mean Business, CDP, B-team to engage leading businesses in London on joint collaboration on climate action. The London Business Climate Leaders initiative has launched with 11 leading businesses including Sky, BT, Tesco.
  • C40 CITIES FINANCE FACILITY AND CDP ISSUED A REPORT ON INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN CITIES: Almost 400 cities are asking for support for 1,143 projects worth close to US$60 billion.
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