December 9, 2015

Westport Attending COP21 Events in Paris

One of two Canadian companies chosen to showcase innovative climate change solutions 

The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (COP 21), taking place now, is expected to attract more than 40,000 delegates from 195 countries.

As the political leaders leave Paris and policy makers focus on writing the framework, industry has been gathering to share ideas at Solutions COP21, which is taking place at Paris’ Grand Palais until December 10, 2015.
Wesptort's Nadège Leclercq speaks with Solutions COP21 attendees
Westport was invited to participate in an industry exhibition on innovative solutions to address climate change, presented by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and France’s National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI). To demonstrate the important role that technology and collaboration play in the creation of climate change solutions, WIPO and INPI are presenting a 200 sq. m exhibit and holding discussion forums focused on climate change innovation. Westport is one of only two Canadian companies to be featured alongside more than 60 other innovators selected by WIPO and INPI from 70 countries worldwide.

Westport HPDI technology is featured in the INPI exhibit at Solutions COP21
“Westport is honoured to be recognized for its contributions to alternative fuel transportation technologies and profiled at Solutions COP21 along with leading international innovators,” said Karen Hamberg, Vice President, Natural Gas Industry and Government Relations at Westport. “Our intellectual property and technologies contribute to climate change solutions for the transportation sector where deep greenhouse gas emission reductions will be required to meet the critical targets established in Paris. When fuelled with 100% renewable natural gas (RNG), which has the lowest carbon intensity value within California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Westport HPDI 2.0 technology can deliver GHG emission reductions of up to 80% versus a comparable diesel engine.” 

Westport will speak at a round table on intellectual property as a catalyst for innovation in small- and mid-sized enterprises on December 10 at 11:00am CET at the Grand Palais. The six panelist session will be chaired by Céline Bak, Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Several Westport representatives have been attending Solutions COP21, including CEO David Demers; Manager of Global Regulatory and Government Affairs, Tahra Jutt; and Director of Market Development, Nadège Leclercq, to learn about and support environmental policy and climate change solutions. Westport’s Technology Partnership Manager, Dominique Soleri, is also attending to explore innovation and partnership opportunities.

For more information on Solutions COP21, please visit

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