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7 - 18 November, 2022
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Climate Action Innovation Zone

First Movers Coalition: A Year in Review

 How PPPs are decarbonising the hard to abate sector 

first movers

Open to all

Tuesday, 8 November

08:45 - 10:00

Marrakesh Room

Launched at COP26 by US President Biden and the World Economic Forum, the First Movers Coalition (FMC) is a flagship public-private partnership harnessing the purchasing power of top companies to decarbonize “hard to abate” industries.  

Coming together one year after the First Movers Coalition launch, Secretary John Kerry and Mr. Borge Brende will share exciting announcements on the progress that has been made to date, including expansions to new sectors, companies, and government partners.  

Top corporate executives and world leaders will also come together to discuss what public-private collaboration will be needed to create the ambitious near-zero technology landscape that FMC targets by 2030. 

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Session Objectives

This series will feature two panels, facilitated by Borge Brende.

Specifically, the panel aims to:  

  • Share new developments on First Movers Coalition program 

  • Highlight innovative action taken by FMC members in hard to abate industries 

  • Identify key actions taken by governments to enable emerging near-zero technologies 

  • Hold a frank and engaging conversation on what public-private engagement is further needed to enable development of critical near-zero technologies by 2030 


  • Borge Brende (President, World Economic Forum) (Moderator) 

  • Secretary John Kerry (U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate) (Opening and closing remarks) 

  • Shilpan Amin (Senior Vice President and President, General Motors International) 

  • Mads Nipper (CEO, Ørsted) 

  • Brad Smith (CEO, Microsoft) 

  • Sumant Sinha (Chairman and Managing Director, ReNew) 

  • Andrea Fuder (Executive Vice President & Chief Purchasing Officer, Volvo Group) 

  • Fernando A. Gonzalez (CEO, CEMEX) 

  • Mafalda Duarte, (CEO, Climate Investment Fund)

Session Structure

08:30-08:45: Pre-session speaker meeting 

08:45-08:50: Senior Advisor Varun Sivaram introduces Secretary John Kerry 

08:50-08:55: Opening remarks from Secretary John Kerry 

08:55-08:58: Moderator Borge Brende introduces panel 1  

08:58-09:18: Panel 1: Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Rania Al-Mashat, Shilpan Amin, Mads Nipper 

09:18-09:20: Moderator Borge Brende introduces panel 2 

09:20-09:45: Panel 2: Brad Smith, Sumant Sinha, Andrea Fuder, Fernando Gonzalez, Mafalda Duarte 

09:45-09:50: Closing remarks from Sec Kerry 

09:50: Session ends, Sec Kerry remains on stage to take picture with new FMC members 

About the World Leaders Coalition


The FMC is a coalition of companies using their purchasing power to create early markets for innovative clean technologies across eight hard to abate sectors. These in-scope sectors are responsible for 30% of global emissions–a proportion expected to rise to over 50% by mid-century without urgent progress on clean technology innovation.

Commitments for the first four sectors (Aviation, Shipping, Steel and Trucking) were launched in November 2021, at COP26 in Glasgow. Details on each of the commitments can be found here. The next two sectors (Aluminium and Carbon Dioxide Removal) will be launched at the May 2022 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. The final two sectors (Chemicals and Concrete) are planned to launch at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Although formulating purchase commitments and aggregating demand against these commitments is core to the FMC, the Coalition’s activities go beyond this. Other activities focus on supporting members in delivering on their commitments and creating an enabling environment.

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