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Climate Change

With the collaboration of member companies Veolia, EDF Energy, PwC and Renault, The Climate Change Forum has compiled an interactive for SMEs guide with 10 practical tips on easy and cost-saving ways of getting their businesses climate change ready. We hope you find it practical and useful!

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Forum co-chaired by Richard Brown CBE, Former CEO and Chairman of Eurostar, Chairman Department for Transport Franchise Advisory Panel and 
Jean-Philippe Verdier, Founding Partner, Verdier & Co. Corporate Advisory
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Richard Brown was Chief Executive of Eurostar from August 2002 to April 2010, then Chairman to July 2013. As Chief Executive, he turned their performance around, delivering record passenger numbers and punctuality, and successfully launching the first high-speed passenger service in Britain, overseeing the flawless overnight transfer of services to Eurostar's new UK home at St Pancras International. He was previously Commercial Director of National Express Group Plc, where he set up its UK Trains Division, which - at the time - was the largest UK passenger franchise operator. He has spent 32 years in the transport industry, and was a Director of British Rail's Intercity Division before its privatisation. He is also the former President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
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Jean-Philippe is an investment banking professional with close to 20 years' experience advising boards, senior executives and entrepreneurs, at private or listed corporates and private equity firms. He has designed and executed small to-multi £bn acquisitions and disposals, across Europe, and has raised equity through IPO, rights issue, and private placement in transactions worth a combined £15bn+. He has worked mostly in Paris, Singapore and London (last 15 years) at BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Greenhill & Co. and most recently at Jefferies (Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking France). He has now set-up his London based independent corporate finance firm, Verdier & Co. Jean-Philippe has had a long standing interest in Climate Change and Renewable Energy, through his education, job and aside activities. He holds an MSc from French Business School NEOMA, and is a Sloan Fellow in Strategy and Leadership from the London Business School (also taught at MIT & Stanford), and member of its International Alumni Council.



Aims and Objectives

The main and ambitious objective of the Climate Change Forum was to become the very first Franco-British think tank on this topical and major issue. In order to achieve this goal, the Chamber has brought together key players from blue chip companies who are particularly active in terms of 'Climate Commitments'. To this effect, they have selected - together with the help of Richard Brown - a number of Member Companies who can assist in making this objective happen.

Upcoming session

The next session will take place at the French Chamber on 14 March from 10.00am to 12.00 noon
Theme: ‘From Kyoto to Paris: Reflections on 20 Years of Climate Policy and the Looming Risk to Business’
Guest Speaker: Dr Charles Donovan, Director, Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, Imperial College Business School

By application only. Please contact Ophélie Martinel for more information.

Click here to access the 2017 Forums and Clubs Calendar 


Past Sessions 

Click here for articles relating to past Climate Change Forums. 



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