- EDF, the French energy giant, heavily involved in overseas coal production (who will supply electric car recharging stations)
- Paribas, the French bank most associated with fossil-fuel investments
- AirFrance, flagship of one of the worst polluting industries
- Renault Nissan, auto manufacturer (and supplier of electric cars for the conference)
- Suez Environnement, the waste management subsidiary of utility and energy giant GDF Suez (will manage waste disposal for the conference)
- LVMH, the luxury goods conglomerate (Dior, champagne, cognac)
- ERDF, an EU-sponsored regional development firm
In sum, major players in the existing energy-and-growth economy are choosing to direct their corporate philanthropy to COP21. Change of heart? Or just a chance to fend off criticism with this largely symbolic identification with the climate movement? Is this a bad thing? Not if one imagines that serious energy transformation can occur without displacing the corporate powers that created the current (disaster-bound) regime. Otherwise, yes: the appropriation of the Paris conference by the very sectors--finance, industry, transportation, etc.--it needs to confront is not good news. Greenwashing is obfuscation. It may help pay some short-term bills, but it makes the overall task that much harder.