• Energy Transition & Climate Change

Major industrial leaders meet at COP to report on green transition and pathway to a sustainable future

Download the full agenda & livestream details of the ERT-BRT joint event at COP28

Dubai, 3 December 2023: The European Round Table for Industry (ERT) brings its voice to the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Dubai this week, as leaders intensify their efforts to align global emission reduction efforts towards a sustainable future.

For this year’s COP, ERT has joined forces with the US Business Roundtable to host an event on the future of climate, sustainability and clean energy.




The event will take place in the Innovation Zone of the COP event on 4 December. It will feature ERT Members Hilde Merete Aasheim (President & CEO of Norsk Hydro), Christian Klein (CEO of SAP), Ignacio Galán (Executive Chairman of Iberdrola) and ERT Vice-Chair, Dimitri Papalexopoulos (Chairman of TITAN Cement), alongside a number of BRT Members. Full details – including the live stream – are available here.

To find out more about the latest climate projects, targets and efforts of companies led by the CEOs and Chairs in ERT, visit the Industry4Climate website: https://industry4climate.eu

Beyond climate projects and targets, ERT has also gathered many examples of innovation by industrial companies in green transition and circularity—these range from hydrogen-based innovation and decarbonised aluminium to solutions for battery recycling and sustainable tyre production. Find out more here.

ERT brings together 60 CEOs and Chairs of European industrial and technology companies with global operations – some produce lots of energy, others are active in energy-intensive sectors – and they are all committed to netzero and are acting at scale, to achieve the EU’s climate goals. For many, it involves nothing less than a total transformation of their business operations worldwide – in increasingly testing geopolitical circumstances.
COP is the annual reminder that the climate action agenda is global and should be a priority for everyone. The challenge is not just to achieve climate neutrality in the EU but at the international level as fast as possible. As European industry has been at the vanguard of inventing clean tech solutions to reduce emissions rapidly over the past decade, ERT encourages governments to support the modernisation of infrastructure and to create an enabling environment for companies, including energy-intensive industries, so they can effectively decarbonise in a sustainable and competitive way.
At this COP, ERT is teaming up with our counterparts from the US to exchange on the vital role of access to critical minerals as well as incentives for the energy transition.
Frank Heemskerk
  • Frank Heemskerk
  • Secretary General, ERT