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BCSE In Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2014

Contact: Laura Tierney
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Office: +1 202.489.3436

Clean Energy Business Leaders Urge Government Leadership on Climate Mitigation and Adaptation at Lima Climate Talks

Washington, DC—The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is leading an industry delegation to Lima, Peru for the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP)/10th Meeting of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The coalition of clean energy industries represented by the Council calls for governments to work constructively and judiciously in Lima to develop a draft text that will form the basis of an agreement to be adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the UNFCCC in Paris, France in December 2015.

“The design and structure of this new agreement is critical, as it will affect investment in, and deployment of, the clean energy technologies that are needed to enable economies to adopt low-carbon development pathways,” remarked BCSE President Lisa Jacobson.

A diverse and clean portfolio of energy solutions – including demand-side and supply-side energy efficiency, natural gas, carbon capture use and storage, and renewable energy resources (biomass, biogas, geothermal, hydro, solar and wind) – is a necessary element of any country strategy to reduce emissions and promote low-carbon, sustainable economic growth.

In a White Paper released in Lima today, the BCSE outlined its priorities for a new international agreement. The new agreement should provide clarity and transparency to businesses and the marketplace that will drive accelerated investment in cleaner energy sources and more-efficient energy use. In addition, key elements of the agreement should include:

  • Vision and commitment by all countries to address climate change over a sustained time horizon – through targets for mitigation and emissions reduction, investments in adaptation, and the provision of technical assistance and finance.
  • Direct engagement and partnership with the private sector as the providers of technology solutions to mitigation and adaptation challenges, both now and in the future.
  • Clarity of country commitments – both short and long term – and a transparent schedule and system for monitoring, review and evaluation of country actions.
  • Application of market-based mechanisms as a cost-effective mitigation tool, and use of a standardized accounting system to protect environmental integrity and to avoid double-counting of emissions reductions and offsets.

Delegation and Contacts

The BCSE delegation includes clean energy business leaders from twelve companies and organizations. For media inquiries or to schedule a meeting with members of the BCSE delegation, please contact Laura Tierney ([email protected]).

Visit www.bcse.org and follow the BCSE on Twitter (@BCSECleanEnergy) for updates on the Council’s policy statements, publications, events, and insights.

Public Events

Accelerating Energy, Emissions Savings in Urban Built Environment
Friday, December 5, 4:45 – 6:15 pm, Room Caral (130), Official UNFCCC Side Event
Co-hosted: US Green Building Council

Finding Innovative Financing Options for Clean Energy
Monday, December 8, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, US Center at COP20

A Climate Twofer – Integrating Sustainable Energy & Resilience
Wednesday, December 10, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, US Center at COP20

Download the full press release.