Dan Bakal is the director of Ceres' Electric Power Program. He joined Ceres in 2000, and oversees Ceres’ electric power and coal research, shareholder engagement, and furthers the understanding of environmental risks, with a particular focus on climate risk. He works closely with Ceres coalition members, including environmental, investor, labor and public interest groups, to engage in dialogues with electric power companies, which often involve a comprehensive review of environmental policies, performance, and disclosure practices.
While at Ceres, Dan helped launch and advance two of the organization’s signature efforts, The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which develops sustainability reporting guidelines and the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), whose members are addressing the risks and opportunities associated with climate change.
He also developed and launched the Electric Power/Investor Dialogue, a working group of electric power companies, institutional investors, environmental NGOs and analysts that focus on taking action on climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector.
For nearly 10 years, Dan has worked with PSEG, Inc. and the Natural Resources Defense Council to publish four editions of the report, Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Generators. The report compares the air pollutant emissions of power industry and provides analysis of issues and trends facing the sector.