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Commentary: Business & state leaders' commitments to reduce emissions at Clean Energy Ministerial can lead to economic growth

Author: Bob Keefe, Environmental Entrepreneurs, Huffington Post (USA), Published on: 6 June 2016

In San Francisco today, nearly 60 companies are announcing major plans to reduce their carbon emissions, increase the energy they get from renewable sources and bring their suppliers along with them. The companies…are making the pledges at the Clean Energy Ministerial…These corporate investments and announcements won’t just help address climate change, they will drive economic and job growth…Energy efficiency is the biggest sector of the clean energy industry, already employing about 1.9 million Americans…Like the energy leaders…gathered…for the Clean Energy Ministerial, local leaders know the economic value of clean energy too. As part of the ministerial, Governors of California, Oregon, Washington…agreed to a sweeping new agreement to expand building efficiency, electric vehicles and renewable energy…In doing so…they’ll…attract new clean energy investments, businesses and jobs to their states…What events like the Paris climate conference and the Clean Energy Ministerial do is bring leaders together — whether at the international level, the state level, or the business-to-business level. And when leaders work together, it makes a difference…[Also refers to Autodesk, Honeywell, Ingersoll Rand, Microsoft, Philips Lighting, and Schneider Electric.]

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