Change the Rules of the Game
Companies and investors need clear policies that reward sustainability performance. our capital market structures are biased towards short-term financial performance. The lack of carbon-reducing regulations in the U.S. for example has allowed companies to emit greenhouse gases at no cost, thus rewarding big emitters and penalizing more efficient businesses. Far greater sustainability gains can be achieved if smart policies are adopted that send clear market signals encouraging clean solutions with a long-term perspective.
Ceres will advocate for more sustainable policies in the U.S. and around the world as well as build investor and business support for policies and regulations that reduce sustainability risks and protect long-term interests.
How We Will Get There:
- Build business leader support for national and global climate and energy policies.
- Gain passage of a new international climate treaty, including a binding reduction target based on the latest scientific findings by the internationally-recognized IPCC.
- Eliminate tax incentives and government subsidies for fossil fuel technologies and carbon-intensive projects.
- Gain passage of energy efficiency policies to double the historic rate of efficiency improvements and national renewable policies so that at least 20 percent of the nation's electricity comes from renewable power by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030.
- Gain passage of national climate change legislation to achieve a reduction in GHG emissions of at least 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.
Practicing Risk-Aware Electricity Regulation: 2014 Update
Nov 17, 2014
- This 2014 update to Ceres' 2012 report, Practicing Risk-Aware Electricity Regulation: What Every State Regulator Needs to Know, looks at key trends that continue to reshape the U.S. electricity industry, analyzes changing costs and risk profiles of energy resources (especially renewable energy), and offers further insights and recommendations for smart, “risk-aware” decision-making by utility regulators.
Catalyzing a key business sector - the insurance industry - on climate change
Oct 28, 2014
- Nine years ago, Ceres identified the colossal insurance industry as a key target for climate action. As the only NGO engaging with the industry on climate risk, we have mobilized leading insurance companies to move more aggressively on climate change.
Power of the Proxy: Shareholder Successes on Climate, Energy & Sustainability
Aug 20, 2014
- Institutional investors are key drivers of the global economy. Their decisions about how and where to deploy capital can shift company behavior and the broader economy in profound ways towards a more sustainable future. Since 2001, Ceres has worked with dozens of leading institutional investors to press companies on the risks and opportunities from climate change and broader sustainability issues.
Building a Roadmap for Corporate Sustainability
Jun 25, 2014
- Ceres has worked with companies for 25 years to improve sustainability performance and, today, more companies are taking leading roles than ever before in tackling pressing issues such as forced labor and resource scarcity. In the first two decades of this work, however, it was unclear what sustainability leadership really looked like.
Water and Climate Risks Facing U.S. Corn Production: How Companies and Investors Can Cultivate Sustainability
Jun 11, 2014
- This report provides new data and interactive maps on the risks facing U.S. corn production, as well as detailed recommendations for how corn-buying companies and their investors can catalyze more sustainable agricultural practices that will reduce these risks, preserve and enhance yields, and protect precious water resources.