BCG inaugurates its global hub for climate and sustainability for the GCC

The purpose of the BCG Global Climate and Sustainability Hub is to accelerate decarbonization across all sectors globally



Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the UAE, and Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework, inaugurated the  BCG’s Climate & Sustainability Impact Summit. — Supplied photo
Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the UAE, and Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework, inaugurated the BCG’s Climate & Sustainability Impact Summit. — Supplied photo
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Published: Wed 28 Sep 2022, 9:07 PM

Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the global management consulting firm, has launched its Global Climate & Sustainability Hub in the GCC region.

The announcement was made at the BCG Middle East Climate & Sustainability Impact Summit in the presence of a select group of leaders, key decision-makers, and industry experts.

Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the UAE; and Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework (UNFCCC) inaugurated the event.

The new BCG Climate & Sustainability Hub will aggregate, build and localize expertise at a cross-industry level in sectors such as energy, industrial goods, retail and consumer, financial services, and digital innovation, to contribute to accelerated decarbonization and greater circularity that support business and government ambitions.

“As the host of COP28 next year, the UAE has an opportunity to not only drive climate action at home but also to set an example and inspire the world,” said Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri.

"To achieve our goals, we are developing a detailed net zero by 2050 strategy, which includes a long-term roadmap and near-term actions. This is a complex endeavor, so we have convened a broad set of stakeholders, covering all emirates and sectors. We have also partnered with BCG to develop a comprehensive, robust, and ambitious plan for the country," she said.

“With abundant renewable resources, deep technological know-how, and a drive to innovate, the region has the opportunity to take bold and targeted actions to address the global climate crisis and improve Middle East sustainability,” said, Shelly Trench, global climate and sustainability strategy lead, managing director and partner, BCG.

"Our experts work across decarbonization, mitigation, adaptation, and innovation, helping clients reduce their carbon footprint and at the same time leverage new, green growth opportunities."

The BCG Climate & Sustainability Hub will focus on three core areas:

1. Country-level Net Zero: BCG is working with governments globally to develop strategies to reach net zero, enabling them to meet their regional and global commitments under the Paris Agreement

2. Corporate-Level Mitigation: Working with corporate clients over a wide range of industries, including energy, industrial goods, and travel and tourism, BCG will help deploy strategies and initiatives that reduce regional and global carbon footprint

3. Green Ventures & Innovation: Working with both public and private sector entities to leverage new opportunities for green growth, as well as capitalising on not only the unique natural and human resources but also the capabilities of the region

Simon Birkebaek, Middle East climate and sustainability topic lead, partner, BCG said governments and companies in the region have opportunities to build new export industries in hydrogen, green fuels for aviation and shipping, green steel or aluminium, amongst others. "This not only helps to reduce the carbon footprint but also creates new jobs and opportunities for residents in the region,” he said.

The team of BCG experts on climate change in the Middle East includes: Shelly Trench, global climate and sustainability strategy lead, managing director and partner; Pablo Martinez, head of BCG Middle East, managing director and senior partner; Joerg Hildebrandt, global climate and sustainability lead for public sector, managing director and senior partner; Samuele Bellani, global decarbonisation expert, managing director and partner; Benjamin Deschietere, Middle East green cities, industries and transportation lead, managing director and partner; and Simon Birkebaek, Middle East climate and sustainability topic lead, partner.

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