De Boer has been the executive secretary of
the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change for nearly four
years. At KPMG, he will work with member firms on advising
businesses and governments on sustainability issues.
“Sustainability is high on the agenda of
investors, companies and governments alike. This demands new
partnerships that foster strong economic growth, while respecting
the need to protect the environment,” de Boer said.
“Although it is the role of governments to
provide the necessary policy framework, I have always maintained
that business will deliver the necessary innovation and solutions,
providing the right conditions are created. With KPMG, I now have a
chance to help make that happen.”
Climate change head
KPMG’s global head of advisory Alan Buckle
said de Boer will have a key role in developing a sustainability
framework for clients.
De Boer, the world’s leading climate change
negotiator, facilitated the recent climate summit in Copenhagen but
was unable to convince rich developed countries and developing
economies to strike a formal agreement that would bind them to
radical emissions reductions.
De Boer denies a lack of progress led to his
decision to step down and it is understood the Dutchman was seeking
new opportunities prior to the summit.
“Copenhagen did not provide us with a clear
agreement in legal terms, but the political commitment and sense of
direction toward a low-emissions world are overwhelming,” de Boer
Sustainability experts widely believe the
private sector has as much of a role to play towards combating
climate change as governments. De Boer’s departure before
November’s make-or-break climate meeting in Mexico places enormous
pressure on the UN to find an experienced and skilled replacement
for what has been billed as one of the most complex UN negotiations