BICEP companies commit to Climate Action in Washington
As key international climate negotiations near, 68 additional companies joined the White House-led American Business Act on Climate Pledge. Companies making the pledge have set significant greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy sourcing goals for 2020 and beyond, and are focusing on increasing energy efficiency, boosting low-carbon investing and making sustainability more accessible to low-income Americans.
This second round of business pledges at the White House includes 19 businesses that work directly with Ceres, a sustainability advocacy group, or its climate policy coalition, Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP): Autodesk, Best Buy, Bloomberg, CA Technologies, Dell, eBay, EMC, General Mills, IKEA, Kellogg’s, Levi Strauss & Co., L’Oreal, Mars, Nestle, Nike, PG&E, Starbucks, Unilever and The Walt Disney Company.
Hear from PG&E, IKEA and BestBuy about why corporate action on climate change is vital to our environmental and economic health in the video below.
With COP21 less than one week away, the chief executive officers of Coca-Cola, The Hain Celestial Group, Hershey’s and PepsiCo have signed on to BICEP’s letter to U.S. and world leaders urging them to forge a robust international climate agreement in Paris.
This fall, BICEP companies joined a growing business movement to fight for clean energy policies in Ohio and Michigan. Both state legislatures are attempting to roll back their states’ forward-looking renewable energy and energy efficiency resources standards. With the help of Ceres, companies are stepping up and expressing their support for these policies, which have been key to expanding clean energy in the Midwest.
Last week, representatives from 15 companies and investors joined Ceres in Washington, D.C. to meet with over 30 Congressional offices in both the Senate and House on a range of issues related to climate and clean energy policy. The group met with both Republicans and Democrats to discuss important matters such as the Green Climate Fund, the EPA Clean Power Plan, and a promising Climate Resolution offered by Representative Chris Gibson (R-NY).
Increasingly, American Fortune 500 companies are focusing on reducing their energy footprints and investing in renewable energy. Industry and business leaders are attracted to policy environments that allow them to leverage efficiency and clean energy investments to save money, lock in fixed energy prices, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
BICEP members were instrumental in bringing the business voice in support of key climate and clean energy policies SB 350 and SB 32 to the forefront of the debate in California.