USA: Companies take stance on climate change & renewable energy as new leadership takes office

Companies are calling on peers as well as on the new administration to commit to climate action, international environmental standards and promote renewable energy. 

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15 February 2017

More than 760 co.s & investors call on new administration to commit to low carbon policies & Paris Agreement.

Author: Coordinated by C2ES, Ceres, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Entrepreneurs, The B Team, The Climate Group, We Mean Business, World Wildlife Fund

"Businesses back low carbon USA"

We, the undersigned members in the business and investor community of the United States, re-affirm our deep commitment to addressing climate change through the implementation of the historic Paris Climate Agreement. We want the US economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy…We pledge to do our part…to realize the Paris Agreement’s commitment...We call on our elected US leaders to strongly support:

  1. Continuation of low-carbon policies to allow the US to meet or exceed our promised national commitment and to increase our nation’s future ambition
  2. Investment in the low carbon economy at home and abroad in order to give financial decision-makers clarity and boost the confidence of investors worldwide
  3. Continued US participation in the Paris Agreement, in order to provide the long-term direction needed to keep global temperature rise below 2°C

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14 February 2017

Chief Sustainability Officer at HP calls for co.s to commit to climate action despite uncertain US policy

Author: Lara Birkes, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, on JustMeans.com

"The essential business of climate change", 14 February 2017

For many in the U.S., climate change is a political issue. As…our nation’s position as a leader on energy and climate change reform becomes uncertain, it’s imperative that businesses take the lead…We have a commitment to other nations as part of a multilateral framework…irrespective of how new U.S. leadership sets policy on climate. If our businesses…are no longer consistent with robust international environmental requirements, they risk being passed over by companies that will look to non-U.S. suppliers for their climate leadership. At HPE, we have a host of global customers requiring high environmental standards of their suppliers and it is essential to our relationships that we remain aligned with their priorities… A large portion of this approach includes our move toward renewables…[There are] challenges to advancing a sustainability agenda in the U.S [but it is] an opportunity for HPE to become an even greater industry leader [and for] other businesses to join the conversation and send a clear message to state and federal officials…The time is now for U.S. businesses to step up or be passed over.

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