BICEP Companies Commit to Climate Action
BICEP was founded on the belief that the energy and climate challenges facing the United States present vast opportunities, along with urgent risks, for U.S. businesses. We are driven by principles that:
- Promote Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- Increase Investment in a Clean Energy Economy
- Support Climate Change Adaptation, Technology Transfer and Forest Preservation
Our members are among the 365+ businesses and investors who support the Clean Power Plan. What’s more – their support is paralleled by the dozens of states that are developing plans to diversify their energy portfolios, all while boosting their attractiveness to companies and employees who embrace clean energy solutions.
The merits of the Clean Power Plan were recently challenged by a Supreme Court stay, however business and investor leaders Read their statements.toward a clean energy economy.
The support doesn't stop there. During the UNFCCC Climate talks in Paris, BICEP members and colleagues joined together at the U.S. Center to discuss how corporate action on climate policy can lead to real change. Moderated by Ceres President Mindy Lubber, panelists included executives from Dignity Health, VF Corporation, Mars Incorporated, Facebook, and CalSTRS. The discussion came on the heels of the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge, signed by 154 companies across the U.S. representing more than $4.2 trillion in annual revenue.
BICEP members Seventh Generation and Ben and Jerry’s are leading the charge in trying to get their home state of Vermont to become the first U.S. state to implement a carbon tax.
BICEP members Autodesk and Vulcan Inc. are putting their money (and talents) where their mouth is when it comes to climate change. Each is using their expertise and resources in supporting the USDOT’s Smart City Challenge.
In anticipation of the EPA’s final truck efficiency standards, several of our nation’s leading food companies united in a call for stronger, more ambitious federal fuel and emissions standards for heavy-duty freight trucks.
This April, six companies and one investor spent the day in Sacramento advocating for smart climate, energy, and water policies with key California state lawmakers.
On February 9, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling to pause implementation of the Clean Power Plan while the lower court reviews the legality of the regulations. The “stay” of the rule means that the EPA may not enforce the Clean Power Plan pending the resolution of the case on the merits. While the ultimate legal outcome is unclear at this point, what is very clear is that the pace and scale of the transition to a thriving, clean economy is now undeniable, irresistible, and inevitable.