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BCSE In Action


June 19, 2012

BCSE Pledges Rio+20 Commitment to Fight Climate Change

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil— At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) announced its commitment to continue its advocacy work on policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and that accelerate deployment of clean energy technologies at all levels of government, from 2012 to 2015.

The BCSE represents companies and trade associations in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural gas sectors in the United States. The Council, established in 1992 after the first Earth Summit, released its Rio+20 commitment to continue to advocate for policies and actions at all levels of government and internationally to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The Council will support a suite of complementary policies and the use of market-based mechanisms to provide financing and strengthen emission reduction and deployment policies.

In making its Rio+20 commitment, BCSE President Lisa Jacobson remarked, “The private sector has a critical role to play to make Rio+20’s sustainable development objectives a reality. It is important that the Business Council for Sustainable Energy show its organizational commitment to building a low-carbon economy.  Existing clean energy technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, diversify our energy portfolio and create new bases of economic growth are a ‘triple-win’ for everyone.”

The Council’s commitment can be viewed on the UNCSD website under Voluntary Commitments/Climate Change.