The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) – a coalition of companies and associations from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors – joins the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP 25) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) hosted by the government of Chile in Madrid, Spain to show how the progress of clean energy can power greater country ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience through the transformation of the energy sector.
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BCSE Events at COP 25
Powering Results Across Sectors:
Energy, Buildings, Agriculture, Transportation
Friday, December 6, 11:30 – 13:00 CET
Room 2, Hall 4, UNFCCC Blue Zone
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Powering Climate Action through Public-Private Partnerships
Friday, December 6, 16:00 - 17:30 CET
US Climate Action Center at WWF Pavilion, Hall 6, UNFCCC Blue Zone
Watch the video of the side event.
Hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy, Business Council for Sustainable Energy and U.S. Green Building Council
December 9-10, Booth 25
BCSE Press Conference: Powering Impact: Clean Energy Solutions for COP 25
Monday, December 9, 16:00-16:30 CET
Press Conference Room 2, Mocha, Hall 4
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BCSE in Action at COP 25
BCSE Statement on COP 25 Outcomes
December 15, 2019 | Lisa Jacobson, BCSE President, offered the following statement after the conclusion of COP 25:
"The failure of governments to reach agreement on key issues, including Article 6, at COP 25 makes the work of the private sector and sub-national actors even more essential.
"BCSE members are committed to action through a range of measures, including science-based targets, supply chain engagement to reduce emissions and investments in community resilience.
"Achieving the Paris Agreement commitments is a critical step to achieving the 2050 reductions that the scientific community says are needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Working with international processes, including the UNFCCC, will be important to attaining the level of ambition required globally.
"BCSE members will continue to work throughout the world to provide clean energy technologies, resources and services to communities and will also continue to urge U.S. national, state and local governments to adopt policies that will put the U.S. on the trajectory to meet the climate challenge.
“While COP 25 did not achieve all of its goals, political will is building and we expect future meetings to yield the results the world is waiting for.”
Read the full press release here.
UNFCCC Press Conference: Restoring Federal U.S. Leadership on Climate Change in 2020 and Beyond
December 10, 2019 | Lisa Jacobson, BCSE President, spoke at a press conference hosted by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) on Restoring Federal U.S. Leadership on Climate Change in 2020 and Beyond, which also included panelists Alden Meyer and Rachel Cleetus from UCS, Jacqui Patterson, NAACP and Julie Cerquira, U.S. Climate Alliance. Lisa spoke to the BCSE’s federal policy priorities, and called for a clear, ambitious and nimble federal policy that meets the test of science. A video of the press conference is available on the UNFCCC website.
UNFCCC Press Conference: Powering Climate Impact: Clean Energy Solutions for COP 25
December 9, 2019 | BCSE's UNFCC Press Conference featured representatives from Southern California Gas Company, Ingersoll Rand, Mars, Inc., First Environronment, International Copper Association, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, and the Plant Based Products Council. Lisa Jacobson framed the discussion around BCSE's longtime involvement with international climate conferences, starting in 1992, and the membership's ongoing commitment to climate solutions. Panelists explained the contributions each company and organization is making in the clean energy sector and shared reactions to the discussions and announcements at COP 25. Several shared examples of emission reduction goals in company operations and supply chains and others contributed educational messages about technological solutions and climate assessment. In the spirit of the conference's hashtag #TimeForAction, the panelists emphasized the opportunities for readily available technologies and existing partnerships to power climate impact. The full UNFCCC webcast of the press conference is available online here
BCSE Delegation Discusses Climate Action & Resilience with Six US States
December 9, 2019 | BCSE members held a round table discussion with representatives of the U.S. Climate Alliance delegation from California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Washington to discuss opportunities for private sector engagement in clean energy and climate policies. States were especially interested in BCSE members' views on innovative financing mechanisms to scale clean energy deployment. The importance of flexibility, inclusiveness and durability of clean energy policies was also a key theme of the discussion. These attributes drive increased private sector investment. It was noted that the energy marketplace is increasingly integrated and moving towards a system approach. Policymakers should seek to leverage these trends and private sector investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Climate resilience projects and emissions reduction initiatives are needed in every state and can be pursued in a manner that creates jobs and economic opportunity for all communities.
US Climate Action Center Side Event: Driving Climate Action through Public-Private Partnerships
December 6, 2019 | BSCE, along with the Alliance to Save Energy hosted a side event at the US Climate Action Center at COP 25: Driving Climate Action Through Public-Private Partnerships. Ingersoll Rand, Winrock International, Johnson Controls, and Schneider Electric all spoke about their involvement in various partnerships that are efficiently creating climate impact. Drivers of commitments come from consumers, competitors, and countries, encouraging private sector to collaborate in order to innovate and provide support to these key stakeholders. Lisa Jacobson, President of BCSE, said "Commitments drive action. Commitments drive innovation. Commitments drive change. Collaborations and partnerships help expand the ambition of these commitments.” As companies continue to make clear and ambitious commitments, they can partner with governments and other organizations to achieve these goals in a timely and efficient manner.
UNFCCC Side Event: Powering Results Across Sectors
December 6, 2019 | Powering Results Across Sectors : Energy, Buildings, Agriculture, Transportation was BCSE's official UNFCCC side event, co-sponsored with the US Green Building Council, the Corn Refiners Association, and the Alliance to Save Energy. Representatives from the Corn Refiners Association, Mars, Inc., American Carbon Registry, Alliance to Save Energy, Schneider Electric and Signify discussed the actions their organizations are taking to power impact and work collaboratively to promote policy and partnership. Each organization explained their goals and initiatives, from carbon neutrality and renewable energy commitments to being members of the Three Percent Club.
Across the board, the panelists agreed on the value of private sector in helping to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and working with other collaborators to drive change. They also spoke about public-private partnerships, and how working closely with governments provides the opportunity to develop policy in line with opportunities for energy efficiency technology and deployment of emerging technology. Supply chains and internal operations were identified as two areas in which businesses can introduce energy saving processes and technologies.
75 CEOs and AFL-CIO Release Statement: United for the Paris Agreement
December 2, 2019 | Leaders in the US business community made a strong case for staying committed to the Paris Agreement in their letter United for the Paris Agreement. Among their reasons, they argue that climate goals strengthen US competitiveness in global markets and that requires remaining in the Agreement will extend US innovation leadership. The private sector signatories employ more than 2 million people in the United States, and the union leaders represent 12.5 million workers. Signatories include BCSE members National Grid, PG&E, Schneider Electric, and Trane-Thermo King-Ingersoll Rand, and supporter Mars, Inc.
BCSE Signs on to IETA Paper on the Role of Article 6 and Impacts to Business
December 2, 2019 | The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) released a paper titled The Role of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. BCSE, along with other businesses, coalitions, and nonprofits in the business and climate solutions spaces, signed on to the paper to emphasize the importance and urgency of its message. The paper urges delegates to COP 25 to “deliver a simple but rigorous rule book for Article 6… based on transparent numerical accounting, [that] recognises both natural and industrial sinks and supports and encourages large scale transactions.” IETA’s press release has further details.
BCSE Leads US Business Delegation to COP 25
November 25, 2019 | Beginning next week, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy will lead a delegation of US businesses and organizations to the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as COP 25. BCSE has led similar delegations to international climate and sustainable development meetings for the past 27 years. This year, COP 25 will be held in Madrid, Spain, and hosted by Chile. BCSE's events will focus on the role of the private sector in powering impact through the deployment of clean energy technologies and resources.
Follow this page and @BCSECleanEnergy for updates on the COP and BCSE member activities and climate commitments.
BCSE Member Climate Commitments
New Business Coalition Makes Advances in Bioeconomy
New global effort on climate change targets 3% increase in energy efficiency per year
The Three Percent Club is a coalition of countries, businesses and international organizations 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.
- The right energy efficiency policies can achieve over 40 percent of the emissions cuts needed under the Paris Agreement, without requiring new technology
- The 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, Schneider Electric, Signify, Thermo King, Trane, World Resources Institute, Global Green Growth Institute and Inter-American Development Bank. See the full list of supporters here.
Read more in this EE Global Alliance press release.
Zero Carbon Buildings for All Initiative Launched at UN Climate Action Summit
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. 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.
Alliance to Save Energy Co-Launches the EP100 Cooling Challenge
This year, EP100 – a corporate commitment campaign to improve energy productivity is encouraging 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 Makes Strides Towards 2030 Sustainability Commitment
- Customer Outcomes: Reducing customer carbon footprint by the equivalent of 1 gigaton of avoided CO2 emissions.
- Operations and Supply Chain: Achieve carbon neutrality, delivery zero waste to landfills, become net water positive, and achieve 10% absolute reduction in energy consumption.
- People: Achieve enhanced workforce diversity reflective of communities and achieve gender parity in leadership roles.
- Citizenship: Invest in community improvement and STEM workforce training and early education.
Find out more on the 2030 Sustainability Commitment website.
This year, Ingersoll Rand made commitments on the way to their 2030 Sustainability Commitment, and beyond it. These include joining the following coalitions:
- 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
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, the International Copper Association (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 ICA Executive Director Steve Kukoda’s post: “Renewable energy holds the key to making electric vehicles truly zero-emission.”
Johnson Controls Expands Ambition Around Cooling, Efficiency
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 the organization's 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 committed to the Three Percent Club for Energy Efficiency and the Cool Coalition. 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
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 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.
Schneider Electric's Contributions to a Net-Zero Carbon World
Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman & CEO, Schneider Electric (SE), announced the company’s vision for climate action and building a net-zero carbon world at the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019 . 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 goals, and focus on inclusive business growth strategies 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 commits to:
- 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 initiative, responsible 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).
Signify Shines Light on How To Achieve Climate Goals
Signify, a leading global lighting company that is on track to achieve its own carbon neutrality by the end of 2020, is challenging countries by 2050 and all companies by 2030 to become carbon neutral. Today, 79% of Signify's revenue comes from sustainable products, systems and services and they recycle 82% of their manufacturing waste. Learn more about Signify's sustainability leadership on their website.
Signify is 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).
Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public and Government Affairs for Signify, 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
Nine developing countries that have been working with the Closing the Investment Gap Initiative (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.
Six of these projects were presented at the Permanent Mission of the Government of Canada to the United Nations at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York in September 2019.
- 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
New Report - Climate Action Requires Putting People First
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.