Sustainable Innovation Forum Sets For November

Sustainable Innovation Forum Sets For November
… takes place steps away from the COP23 ‘Bula Zone’
By Olawale Akinwumi

The 8th Sustainable Innovation Forum will hold in Bonn, Germany, the home of the UNFCCC, where world leaders will convene to discuss the implementation of the Paris Agreement, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference  (COP 23) in November.

The Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF) organised by Climate Action and UN Environmental Programme is back for its eighth year. The Forum is the largest and most influential public to private event taking place alongside COP23, that brings together Ministers of Energy and Climate Change, Blue Chip CEOs, Mayors, Responsible Investors, Development Banks, Green Entrepreneurs and media to catalyse cross-sector partnerships to accelerate innovative, low carbon development solutions.

A World Class Networking Opportunities. The SIF17 will unite over 600 delegates, handpicked from 4000 applications, the largest number of global stakeholders at any commercially-inclusive event taking place alongside COP23, uniting cross-sector leaders to catalyse green growth. Facilitated networking activities will provide the perfect opportunity to meet the right contacts, with our online event app allowing you to arrange meetings both before the event and onsite.

Over 75 climate leaders and experts will present at SIF, including but not limited to Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment; Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, Mayor, City of Bonn; Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister, Ministry of Environment, Finland; Roland Busch, Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG; Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party; Vidar Helgesen, Minister, Ministry of Climate & Environment, Norway; Matt Rodriquez, Secretary, California Secretary for Environmental Protection; Eric Usher, Head, UNEP-FI; Gemedo Dalle, Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Ethiopia; Naoko Ishii, CEO & Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF); Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister, Ministry for Environment & Energy, Maldives; Laurence Tubiana, CEO, European Climate Foundation among others.

The Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017 (SIF17), now in its 8th year, has a track record of facilitating partnerships between businesses, governments, the UN and NGOs to accelerate climate change solutions and bring scale to low carbon innovation. SIF17 is the largest business-focussed forum taking place during COP23 and is produced by Climate Action in partnership with UN Environment.

SIF17 will take place on the 13th and 14th of November 2017 in Bonn, Germany. SIF17 will not be located within the Blue Zone, (the location of the official COP23 negotiations), attendees will not require a special UNFCCC accreditation to access SIF17.

Adjacent to the ‘Bula’ negotiation Zone of COP23 in Bonn, the Sustainable Innovation Forum will take place on the lawn of the Deutsche Post DHL Group Post Tower premises. In the shadow of the 162.5 metre Post Tower – a building powered by 100% certified renewable energy, with a cooling system that uses natural, local sources of wind and water, allowing it to consume 30% less energy. The SIF will take place inside award-winning inflatable structures that will be powered as far as possible by DHL’s renewable energy and any food waste from the Forum will be converted into energy.


“We need to prove that protecting the environment is profitable and in everyone’s best interests. We can do this by holding up successful examples.” – Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment

Taking place alongside COP23, adjacent to the Bula zone, SIF brings together 600+ carefully handpicked delegates, including : Ministers of Energy and Climate Change, Blue Chip CEOs, Mayors, Responsible Investors, Development Banks, Green Entrepreneurs and media, for two packed days of capacity building, networking, collaboration and deal making that will galvanise and fast track the green economy.

Governments, cities and regions from the 152 countries that have ratified the Paris Agreement, must now meet their national climate change commitments ( INDC’s ) so they are looking for the clean energy, low carbon transport and finance solutions to make this a reality.

SIF17 provides a world class line up of keynotes, panel discussions, networking sessions, live interviews, innovation spotlights, CEO panels, Mayors breakfast briefings and much more.

Debates and discussions around crucial key topics including:

Renewable energy

Circular economy

Sustainable land and water management

Carbon markets

Climate finance

Climate innovation in emerging regions


Established in 2007 and headquartered in London, UK, Climate Action works in a unique, contractual partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – the world’s foremost body on environmental protection and stewardship.

Climate Action establishes and builds partnerships between business, government and public bodies to accelerate international sustainable development and advance the ‘green economy’.

Climate Action do this by providing a global media and events platform across which stakeholders can share knowledge, technologies and expertise, and identify innovative solutions to the challenges faced by climate change and a growing population.

For their partners and supporters, Climate Action help engage the private sector, bringing innovations, technologies and finance to the debate.

For their clients, Climate Action help generate profitable business opportunities and partnerships, provide top-level access to emerging markets and reinforce their commitment to, and their position as leaders within, the global sustainability industry.


Climate Action believe, for sustainable development to truly make an impact at both grassroots and at global level, governments, public institutions and international business should work in strategic, productive and mutually beneficial partnerships.

Business is able to assist governments and the wider public sector by providing innovation, new technologies, investment, research & development.

Governments and the wider public sector are uniquely able to provide the policy, the regulatory framework, infrastructure and economic platform that are all essential if sustainable business and the global green economy is to flourish.

Climate Action was specifically established to promote these partnerships because only doing so can solutions be found for the many challenges facing the world’s population and environment.

Our ongoing research programme continually assesses and evaluates what works and what is needed to engage business, governments and public institutions, and  has helped us design and tailor a programme of activity that brings real sustainable value to all corners of the debate.


The 8th Sustainable Innovation Forum – Placing sustainable innovation at the heart of COP23 with Deutsche Post DHL.

Climate Action are delighted to announce that this years’ Sustainable Innovation Forum ( SIF17 ) will take place on the lawn of the Deutsche Post DHL Group Post Tower, only steps away from the COP23 ‘Bula Zone’.

Our partnership with DHL has been formed out of aligned interests and mutual beliefs that innovation is the catalyst behind reduced environmental impact.

SIF17 will take place inside an award-winning inflatable structure that will be powered by DHL’s renewable energy with all food waste from the Forum being converted into energy.

The stunning 4,000 square meter venue structure will be located on DHL’s lawn, in the shadow of the 162.5 metre Post Tower – a building powered by 100% certified renewable energy, using a cooling system that allows it to consume 30% less energy.

Climate Action – the organisers of SIF17 have limited availability for organisations aligned with Climate Action to utilise the stunning venue space either as a side event to SIF17 on the 13th and 14th November or as a stand-alone event outside of those dates, throughout the two weeks of COP23.

The structure provides flexible venue space for all sizes of events ranging from:

Seated conferences for 50 to 800 delegates ( theatre set up )

Launch events or drinks receptions for 25 – 1000 guests

Exhibitions with 3,000 square metre of floor space

Meeting room facilities

Onsite facilities include :




Audio visual

Heating and lighting.

Venue location:

Deutsche Post DHL Group

Platz der Deutschen Post /

53113 Bonn

The Sustainable Innovation Forum’s venue will be made available to hire over the 2 weeks of COP23.