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Alstom is participating in this year's UN climate change negotiations (COP19) in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

We're taking part in various events and meetings between government representatives, business and civil society, organized during this years session in Poland. There is wide recognition that industry are the solution providers on climate change and need to be involved in the process.  We are therefore setting out to explain how Alstoms technology offering can most effectively tackle climate change, and what we believe is the most effective policy framework to achieve this.

Our representatives are participating in debates on the following specific issues:

- sustainable mobility in developing countries; - carbon capture and storage;
- financing the deployment of low-carbon investments, notably in developing countries;
- managing climate risk and improving the resilience of energy and transport systems;
- CO2 emissions trading;
- applying the lessons of the successful regulation of CFCs under the Montreal Protocol;
- the deployment of low carbon technologies in developing countries, at various events organized in Warsaw;

In addition, Philippe Cochet, President of Alstom Thermal Power, will be participating in a high-level dialogue session organized by the Polish government on 20th November and including representatives of NGOs, governments and businesses, on the role of innovation and public-private partnerships to help reduce our impact on climate change.

We are proud to be associated with this years COP and hope that negotiations can make meaningful progress towards a new global climate change agreement in 2015, committing all countries to emissions reductions from 2020.

We believe an agreement should embody:

- realistic and ambitious commitments to emissions reductions;
- an inclusive approach, recognising that governments alone will not deliver the necessary mitigation and adaptation actions required;
- a pragmatic and action-oriented approach that recognises bottom-up as well as top-down action, starting now - and not just waiting for commitments in 2015 that won't take effect until 2020;
- and stable, clear and transparent policies and market frameworks that incentivise investments and mobilise the finance needed to support them.