GLOBE 2010 was the 11th event in one of the world's largest and longest-running series dedicated to the business of the environment. Every two years, the world gathers in Vancouver for three days of thought-leading sessions presented by world-renowned sustainability experts; the opportunity to see leading-edge environmental innovations; and participate in unparalleled global networking opportunities.
Business leaders, corporate executives, NGOs, and government policymakers from around the world met in Vancouver from March 24-26, 2010 to explore: corporate sustainability, climate change, carbon management, clean energy, sustainable finance, and greener cities. Special subthemes for GLOBE 2010 included: clean technology, water, sustainable retail, and Auto FutureTech: The future of the auto industry.
The conference programme included an opening plenary addressing the future of sustainability and included the following speakers:
John D. Wiebe, President & CEO, GLOBE Foundation, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Frank Wouters, Chief Executive, Masdar Power, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Corporations face an increasingly volatile economy and more and more businesses are making sustainability central to their operations to better position themselves for improved efﬁciency, proﬁtability, and long-term growth. Hear from corporate leaders as they address the challenges of maintaining proﬁtable business operations in markets that face new social, shareholder, consumer, and government demands for sustainability and corporate accountability.
Enormous business opportunities continue to present themselves in the face of climate change risks. Companies that actively seek these opportunities through effective adaptation, mitigation, and carbon management strategies will be best positioned moving forward. These sessions will bring together major players involved in developing practices and policies that address climate change challenges and explore how businesses are positioning themselves to operate successfully in a carbon-constrained global economy.
Despite growing concerns about global warming, the hard reality is that fossil fuels will continue to play an important role in our energy future. Investments in renewable energy are rising and new technologies are coming online daily that not only help us make better use of existing energy supplies, but also open up new opportunities for alternative or renewable energy sources. Join some of the world's leading experts on energy as they discuss the key issues and opportunities that will power our future.
Hundreds of billions of dollars a year are invested in green infrastructure projects and innovative clean technologies, which are improving environmental performance and creating enormous growth in low carbon economies around the world. Employment opportunities exist within the private sector, governments, and institutions for individuals with the experience and the skills required to lead the transformation to a more sustainable future. GLOBE 2010 sessions will explore how ﬁnancial institutions, venture capital ﬁrms, and governments are helping to drive the greening of the economy.
More than half the world's population now lives in cities, resulting in major challenges to provide adequate shelter, clean water, and waste management services. Major initiatives are underway around the globe to create new 'eco-cities', or rebuild existing urban areas to become more liveable and sustainable. Join leaders of some of the world's greatest cities as they discuss their plans to make cities more economically, socially and environmentally vibrant places in which to live, work and prosper. As well, those who are designing and building today's urban centres will be on hand to demonstrate the latest in green building technologies, energy management systems, and urban mobility options.
The Vancouver Valuation Accord participated in the 2010 GLOBE conference, comprising a breakfast forum with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a workshop on valuation and sustainability within the Globe Programme Conference itself