Business leaders support a clean energy economy that is fueled by strong investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and encouraged by progressive policies from the EPA and Congress. We support federal action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electric power sector and the oil and gas industry. Commonsense standards like the Clean Power Plan will encourage clean energy generation, increase energy efficiency, and create a more resilient American economy.
Ceres sent a letter signed by 94 companies and investors urging the governors of all 9 RGGI states to increase the ambition of RGGI post-2020 to a 5% annual reduction in the carbon cap over the 2021-2020 period. All of the individual state letters can be found here.
A new report shows that Florida employed an estimated 140,282 advanced energy workers in 2015, nearly twice as many as in Agriculture, more than Real Estate, and equal to Schools, Colleges, and Training Institutions. These jobs spanned a broad range of technologies including energy efficiency, electricity generation like solar energy, as well as grid management and advanced transportation. Find the report here.
On June 1, 2016, M.J. Bradley & Associates released an updated modeling analysis of EPA's final Clean Power Plan (CPP). The new study updates a January 2016 report with new assumptions, including the extension of renewable energy tax credits for wind and solar. The new analysis reaffirms the previous report's finding that the CPP is achievable and provides a range of options to reduce costs for power producers and their customers.
Clean Energy in America
The rapid growth of clean energy in the U.S. is showing how renewable energy and energy efficiency can create jobs and grow our economy while reducing carbon emissions. According to the Business Council for Sustainable Energy's 2016 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, between $35 to $65 billion has been invested in the American clean energy sector each year since 2007. In 2015, $56 billion were invested in clean energy. The Factbook and other reports showcased here show the viability and resiliency of the clean energy economy in the U.S.
Clean Energy Jobs
Clean energy and clean transportation jobs are growing in the U.S. and will continue to play a large role in overall job creation in our U.S. economy. Environmental Entrepreneurs publishes quarterly Clean Energy Works for Us jobs reports highlighting clean energy driven economic growth and jobs creation in America. The Q4 and Year-End 2015 Clean Energy Works for Us report found 41,000 clean energy and clean energy transportation projects were announced in 2015. California led the nation with 8,976 jobs announced.
2016 Florida Advanced Energy Employment Survey
Clean Jobs Midwest
More Jobs, Less Methane
Clean Energy Jobs Midwest
Q4 and Year-End 2015 Jobs Report
Q3 2015 Jobs Report
Q2 2015 Jobs Report
Q1 2015 Jobs Report
E2 Winds of Change
Clean Jobs Ohio
E2 Missouri Clean Jobs Report
Clean Jobs Illinois 2015
Clean Jobs Pennsylvania: Sizing Up Pennsylvania’s Clean Energy Jobs Base and its Potential
Clean Jobs Florida: Sizing Up Florida’s Clean Energy Jobs Base and its Potential
Company Actions & Commitments
Forward thinking business leaders understand that long-term planning and commitments to clean energy are necessary to maintain competitiveness. Companies, business leaders, and investors across the country have made commitments to clean energy. Companies make their own clean energy pledges and commitments, they support federal rules and legislation that advance clean energy investments, and encourage clean energy planning at the state and local level. These commitments show business leader engagement with policymakers at the state and federal level; voicing their support for programs and policies designed to spur development and deployment of clean energy technologies and greater investment in energy efficiency. Examples of specific engagement at the federal level are shown here.
Business leaders release statements in support of Signing of the Paris Climate Agreement:
Business Leaders Hail Signing of Paris Agreement on Climate
BCSE and Partners Support Low-Carbon USA
100+ Companies Salute the Signing of the Paris Agreement and Call for Swift Action on Clean Power Plan
Global Investors Groups Urge World Leaders to Sign and Accede to the Paris Climate Agreement Rapidly
Business Momentum Builds with UN Signing Ceremony
41 members of Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk and other international institutional investors sent a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, urging the Commission to prioritize improving climate risk disclosure in financial filings by U.S. listed companies. In the context of the increasing materiality of climate risk to multiple sectors, this letter asks the SEC to closely scrutinize filings by oil and gas, electric power and insurance companies, and to issue comment letters when filings fail to discuss with meaningful specificity the material risks and impacts of climate change and related matters to their businesses.
American Sustainable Business Council led a coalition of 25 business groups in filing a friend of the court brief to support the Clean Power Plan. Read their press statement here. Two other friend of the court briefs were filed on behalf of business voices supporting the Clean Power Plan. Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft filed a brief and Adobe, Mars, IKEA, and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Massachusetts filed a separate brief supporting the Clean Power Plan.
In more than a dozen brief new videos organized by Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, chamber leaders from across the country share how they're catalyzing economic growth by engaging their member businesses in clean energy. Watch the video series here.
Global Investor Groups, including Ceres, representing more than 400 institutional investors with USD 24 trillion of assets under management sent a letter to more than 20 countries to sign the Paris Agreement on April 22. The full text of the letter can be found here. Ceres' press release on the letter is available here.
Ceres led a campaign of 365 companies and investors to send letters to more than two dozen governors voicing support for the Clean Power Plan and the development of state led implementation plans. The national letter and press release are posted here: national letter & national press release. Letters sent to individual states are on the state-specific map below. Find a map of the state-specific letters and quotes from leading businesses here.
154 Companies have signed onto the American Businesses Act on Climate Pledge, voicing support for a strong international agreement on climate. Support for the pledge is shown from Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Ceres, and Environmental Entrepreneurs.
Small Business Majority led a campaign resulting in more than 100 small business owners across the country to sign onto a Letter Urging Lawmakers to Support Clean Power Plan.
American Sustainable Business Council is leading an effort to ask governors to develop and submit plans to implement the Clean Power Plan, in order to take advantage of the best options for their particular energy mix, energy efficiency, and clean energy industries. To sign onto the letter, use this link.