BCSE at 2019 UN Climate Action Summit and Climate Week NYC

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is a coalition of companies and associations from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors in the United States.  BCSE members are contributing to cross-sectoral tracks at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit (September 21-23) including the newly announced Three Percent Club and Net Zero Carbon Buildings for All.  BCSE members are also participating at Climate Week NYC (September 23-26) to showcase existing technology solutions and policy approaches in the energy sector that can power greater ambition on climate change. 

Read more to about BCSE members' leadership and commitments to climate action and track events of interest below.

Follow @BCSECleanEnergy on Twitter to catch the BCSE members in #ClimateAction around New York City.

BCSE in Action

New Report - Climate Action Requires Putting People First


September 24, 2019 | A growing number of Americans believe environmental problems are an important issue, according to the latest research report from Living Standard, an initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The report, called Standard Issue Volume II, sampled 1,850 adults across the U.S. and found that while most people believe environmental problems are important, they do not believe the issues are significant enough to make action a priority. The research suggests the simplest way for companies and industries to connect with the general public on the importance of the environment is to frame the conversation around people and the health, safety and well-being of their friends and families. The report looks closely at how to shape the message around green buildings and includes an Action Toolkit, which provides tools companies can use to carry the message into the broader public.

“We all want better lives for ourselves, our families and our children. Our community is committed to realizing a sustainable future for all and green buildings play a central role in making that a reality. Sustainable spaces help reduce the immediate and direct health outcomes that environmental problems create, as well as provide important economic benefits for neighborhoods and cities,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC. “But in order to make real progress, convince the public of the reality of climate-related threats and increase demand for green buildings, we’ve got to empower and mobilize those beyond our community to get involved and take action.”

Read the full report at livingstandard.org.

New global effort on climate change targets 3% increase in energy efficiency per year


September 23, 2019 | A new coalition of countries, businesses and international organizations today committed to driving a three percent global increase in energy efficiency each year – a move that can help limit climate change and increase global prosperity.

  • Three Percent Club is a global coalition of countries, businesses and organizations
  • The right energy efficiency policies can achieve over 40 percent of the emissions cuts needed under the Paris Agreement, without requiring new technology
  • Three percent target will save more than half a trillion dollars in household energy bills per year by 2040

Currently, only a handful of countries’ Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) plans under the Paris agreement include specific energy efficiency commitments, meaning that there is massive room for improvement.

The coalition will concentrate on accelerating the deployment of available energy-efficient technology and materials in buildings, transportation, appliances, lighting and district energy. Such improvements will lower carbon emissions, reduce energy costs and air pollution, and create local jobs. Delivering on the three percent target would bring household energy savings of USD 500 billion per year by 2040.

The new coalition has the backing of the International Energy Agency, the Sustainable Energy for All Energy Efficiency Accelerators and Hub, the UN Environment Programme, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Global Environment Facility, and the EE Global Alliance.  

The Three Percent Club currently includes the following countries: Argentina, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Portugal, Senegal and United Kingdom; and the following private sector and supporting organizations: Alliance to Save Energy, Danfoss, EDP – Energias de Portugal S.A., Enel, Johnson Controls, LeasePlan, Saint-Gobain, Signify, Thermo King, Trane, World Resources Institute, Global Green Growth Institute and Inter-American Development Bank

Read more in this EE Global Alliance press release.

Zero Carbon Buildings for All Initiative Launched at UN Climate Action Summit


September 23, 2019 | All buildings must be net zero carbon by 2050 to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, but fewer than 1% of buildings are today. Closing this gap will require dramatically enhanced ambition and execution of more efficient buildings and renewable energy supply. Zero Carbon Buildings for All, a multi-partner global initiative endorsed by the UN Secretary General, was featured at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit today.  The core components of the new initiative include commitments by:

  • National and local leaders, to develop and implement policies to drive decarbonization of all new buildings by 2030 and all existing buildings by 2050
  • Financial and industry partners, to provide expert input and commit $1 trillion of market action by 2030

These commitments join and complement the corporate real estate and sub-national commitments galvanized by partner World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

The Building Efficiency Accelerator at the World Resources Institute (WRI), is a supporting partner of this effort. Read more in this press release by WRI.

Alliance to Save Energy Co-Launches the EP100 Cooling Challenge


September 23, 2019 | This year, EP100 – a corporate commitment campaign to improve energy productivity – will leverage the Climate Week NYC platform to encourage companies to join the Accelerating the Sustainability Transformation for Businesses and Cities. Launched on September 10 by The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy, the EP100 Cooling Challenge is a new initiative through which companies are taking on the challenge to improve cooling efficiency within their operations in light of the globally increasing demand for cooling. 

Initial signatories include global buildings technology and solutions company Johnson Controls, auto and farm equipment manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra and Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India, chemicals manufacturer Godrej Industries Limited. (GIL), home, personal and hair care company Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL), farming and food company Godrej Agrovet and Dubai-based retailer Majid Al Futtaim, which owns and operates shopping malls and leisure establishments.

Ingersoll Rand Participates in Climate Week NYC

September 23, 2019 | Ingersoll Rand is participating in Climate Week NYC. Over the course of the week Ingersoll Rand, and its strategic climate brands Thermo King and Trane, will announce its 2030 sustainability commitments to climate action, with details to be released.

Michael Lamach, CEO, Ingersoll Rand, Dave Regnery, Executive Vice President of Ingersoll Rand and Trane, and Scott Tew, Executive Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand will represent the organization and participate in speaking sessions and forums during Climate Week.   

Dave Regnery will deliver the opening keynote at The Hub at Climate Group’s panel on Heating and Cooling – The Next Frontier on September 24, and discuss how it makes both environmental and economic sense to decarbonize this sector. 

At the 2019 Concordia Annual Summit, Dave will discuss mega trends that are impacting the world’s economy and will announce Ingersoll Rand’s 2030 Sustainability Commitments.

On September 25, Michael Lamach, CEO will participate in a discussion on how companies can develop a strategy to tackle climate change through decarbonization at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum.

Scott Tew will participate in a panel of experts at EcoAct The Sustainability Reporting Performance of the DOW 30 to share his knowledge on tackling the sustainability challenges and staying ahead of a changing market, a potentially changing legislative context as well as a changing climate.

Update: Announced this week are the following new commitments:

  • Three Percent Club – Trane and Thermo King will improve operational energy efficiency (intensity) by 3% annually.
  • RE100 – Trane and Thermo King have agreed to join the RE100 and set a 100% renewable electricity target for its entire global operations by 2040.
  • EP100 – Trane and Thermo King have agreed to join the EP100 and have committed to doubling its energy productivity by 2035.
  • U.N. Environment Cool Coalition – Trane has committed to make lower GWP alternatives available in all platforms globally by 2030.

Copper’s Role in Advancing Clean Energy, Efficient Buildings & Sustainable Transportation


September 23, 2019 | The International Copper Association (ICA) is a sponsor of Climate Week NYC 2019 and ICA Executive Director Steve Kukoda will be speaking at the CWNYC Opening Ceremony on a panel “Corporates Conquering Tomorrow’s Toughest Issues,” alongside executives from ENGIE Group, UltraTech Cement, and Estée Lauder Companies. On September 25 he will participate in a discussion at The Hub on Building Futures, which will highlight the importance of transforming the infrastructure of our built environment

From clean energy to sustainable communities to climate change, the copper industry's work advances all 17 of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a sign of the industry's commitment to meeting the SDGs, ICA and its members have developed the Copper Mark, the first and only comprehensive social and environmental assurance program for copper production. Copper producers participating in the Copper Mark are committed to adhering to internationally recognized responsible operating practices. 

Read more about copper’s role in sustainable transportation in Steve’s CWNYC post:“Renewable energy holds the key to making electric vehicles truly zero-emission.”

Johnson Controls Expands Ambition Around Cooling, Efficiency


September 23, 2019 | Johnson Controls (JCI), a global buildings technology and solutions leader that is committed to taking climate action. The company supports a number of global initiatives that advance building energy efficiency as primary tool for environmental protection, economic development and social equity including serving as industry co-convener of the SEforALL Building Efficiency Accelerator.

Johnson Controls leads by example when it comes to climate change, having reduced our carbon intensity by over 50% since 2002.  It is one of the first companies to sign on to the recently released EP100 Cooling Challenge, and is committing to the Three Percent Club for Energy Efficiency and the Cool Coalition this week at the Climate Action Summit. These initiatives build on previous commitments to pursue Science-Based Targets, as well as smarter energy use through EP100, responsible climate policy and to reduce short-lived climate pollution emissions.

Mars Makes #PledgeForPlanet, Mobilizes Supply Chain


September 23, 2019 | Mars, a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love, announced today its ambition to accelerate action to tackle climate change, with the launch of its new #PledgeForPlanet initiative. As part of the initiative, Mars is committing to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its direct operations in line with the most ambitious aim of the Paris Agreement – to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The commitment is part of the ongoing Mars push – first announced a decade ago – to achieve 100% renewable energy in its operations by 2040. Today, Mars sources more than half of its electricity from renewable sources – 100% in countries including the U.S., UK, Mexico and soon, Australia. Mars sees a real role for business in disrupting the effects of climate change, and with #PledgeForPlanet, Mars recognizes we must go farther and faster in order to help create a healthy planet on which we all can thrive.

To this end, the initiative will see Mars accelerate climate action not only within the business, but also by mobilizing its Associates, suppliers and citizens everywhere to pledge to protect the planet and address the causes of climate change.

To learn more, read this press release and follow #PledgeforPlanet.


National Grid's Sponsors 10th Annual Climate Week NYC


September 23, 2019 | National Grid is a sponsor of the 10th annual Climate Week NYC. Rudy Wynter, President and COO of Wholesale Networks and U.S. Capital Delivery, National Grid, US, will speak on a panel titled, The Rise of Renewable Energy at The Hub at Climate Week on September 25.

“Disruption is the name of the game in the energy business these days, and the development and proliferation of utility-scale battery storage promise to accelerate that change.” Read more about National Grid’s efforts in energy storage in Rudy Wynter’s CWNYC blog post.

Dean Seavers, President of National Grid US, recently released an e-book, The Clean Energy Promise, which looks at the numerous opportunities presented by addressing the climate challenge.  These opportunities and tools include carbon pricing, electric vehicles, large-scale battery storage, organic waste to renewable energy, power-to-gas, geothermal and more.

Schneider Electric's Contributions to a Net-Zero Carbon World


September 23, 2019 | Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman & CEO, Schneider Electric (SE), announced today the company’s vision for climate action and building a net-zero carbon world. The global provider of energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability is building on its many existing commitments to include developing products and services that aim at meeting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), mobilize financial assets to achieve the goal, and focus on inclusive business growth strategy that will leave no one behind.

The company offers a formula for its contribution to emissions reductions:  climate action = its own decarbonization + decarbonizing the world through working with its customers + inclusion of carbon in internal decisions and governance.

To build a net-zero carbon world, Schneider Electric today made additional commitments:

  • Continued effort to deliver 2020 Climate targets (SSI) + commitments to factor quantified CO2 considerations in 100% of all its key managerial and strategic decisions;
  • Accelerate commitment to carbon neutrality by 2025 in the company’s extended ecosystem;
  • Net-Zero operational emissions (Scope 1+2) by 2030 as part of Science Based Targets and reducing end to end scope 3 emissions;
  • The vision: Net-Zero supply chain by 2050.

Schneider Electric’s impressive roster of existing climate action commitments includes putting a price on carbon, participation in the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiativeresponsible corporate engagement on climate policy,  implementation the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), adoption of  science-based emissions reduction targets, and commitment to 100% renewable power (RE 100) and smart energy use (EP 100) and electric vehicle fleet (EV 100).

Green Buildings Are a Climate Solution


September 23, 2019 |The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) testified on September 20 before Congress to share recent research on the role that the building sector needs to play in meeting climate goals and the role of policy to support the industry’s decarbonization and adoption of green building practices. The USGBC outlines recommendations that incentivize change, as well as ways Congress can support local governments and the private sector in transitioning to greener buildings, cities and communities.

For more than 25 years, USGBC’s LEED green building program has been a framework for helping buildings and spaces transition to a more sustainable path. Green building supports economic development and conserves resources, as well as prioritizing practices that improve personal health and well-being.

In New York on September 23, the World Green Building Council will release a ‘call to action’ report focusing on embodied carbon emissions, and the systemic changes needed to achieve full decarbonization across the global buildings sector.

Signify Shines Light on How To Achieve Climate Goals


September 23, 2019 | Signify, a leading global lighting company that is on track to achieve its own carbon neutrality by the end of 2020, is in New York City to challenge countries by 2050 and all companies by 2030 to become carbon neutral. Eric Rondolat, CEO and Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public and Government Affairs, will participate in numerous events throughout the week.  Signify is also a member and first signatory to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings initiative, part of the first cohort to sign-on to the Science-based Targets initiative, and is committed to 100% renewable energy (RE100), to report climate change information, and to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EV100). Signify will make additional announcements this week.

Harry Verhaar believes in the importance of setting hard deadlines and targets, and that to achieve your goal requires “10% inspiration, 20% aspiration and 70% perspiration.” He is heartened that progress can be achieved, noting that Signify has placed 2 billion LEDs on the global market, ahead of schedule, to answer the 2016 Clean Energy Minsterial’s Global Lighting Challenge to put 10 billion LEDs on the market by the end of 2020.  

Read more from Harry in this post in The Guardian: Three global business leaders weigh in on how to combat the climate crisis.

CIG Initiative Tackles Sustainable Infrastructure Investment Gap


September 22, 2019 | The Initiative on Closing the Investment Gap in Sustainable Infrastructure (the CIG Initiative) announced that nine developing countries that have been working with the CIG Initiative during the last two years are preparing to bring to market a set of thirteen sustainable infrastructure projects that in aggregate represent a capital investment of approximately USD 4 Billion. These include renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, investments in sustainable transport and mobility, and water supply projects.

On September 22, six of these projects will be presented at the Permanent Mission of the Government of Canada to the United Nations.

  • Bangladesh: Two grid-tied solar power plants (total capacity 127 MWp);
  • Chile: Northern Chile Solar Project, a captive 100 MWp solar power plant sited in an indigenous people’s community in the Atacama Desert to provide electricity to a copper mine and replace an existing fossil fuel power plant burning petcoke;
  • Colombia: An Electric Bus Replacement program to substitute 500 EV Buses for 500 Diesel Buses in the public transit programs of medium and large cities;
  • Egypt: A network of Dry Ports with electric rail link and two all-electric monorail lines that will add about 70 km to the public transit system of Cairo, Egypt and become part of Egypt’s sustainable mobility program;
  • Jamaica: The Caymanas Special Economic Zone, a sustainable freight transit hub for the Caribbean region; and
  • Kenya: The GDC Geothermal Power Project, a 100 MWe geothermal development utilizing an innovative
    financing mechanism.

BCSE Members At Climate Week

September 23

UN Climate Action Summit
United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY
Watch live webcast.

September 23

Climate Week NYC Opening Ceremony
New York City, NY
Participating: Ingersoll Rand/Trane, ICA, Johnson Controls, National Grid, Schneider Electric, Signify

September 24

The Hub at CWNYC: Heating & Cooling - The Next Frontier
Convene 237 Park Avenue
New York, NY
Participating: Ingersoll Rand/Trane, Johnson Controls

September 24

The Hub at CWNYC: We Will: Efficient, Climate-Friendly Cooling For All
Convene 237 Park Avenue
New York, NY
Speakers: Johnson Controls

September 24

The Sustainability Reporting Performance of the DOW 30
New York, NY
Speaker: Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand

September 24

2019 Annual Concordia Summit
New York, NY
Speaker: Ingersoll Rand/Trane

September 25

Achieving Net Zero Embodied Carbon
New York, NY
Participating: World Green Building Council, U.S. Green Building Council, Signify

September 25

The Hub at CWNYC: Building Futures
Convene 237 Park Avenue
New York, NY
Speakers: International Copper Association, Signify

September 25

The Hub at CWNYC: Rise of Renewable Energy
Convene 237 Park Avenue
New York, NY
Speakers: National Grid

September 25

Bloomberg Global Business Forum
New York, NY
Speaker: Ingersoll Rand

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