About the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Welcome to C2ES – the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advancing strong policy and action to address climate change.

Our mission is to forge practical solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand clean energy, and strengthen resilience to climate impacts. A key objective is a national market-based program to reduce emissions cost-effectively. We believe a sound climate strategy is essential to ensure a strong, sustainable economy.

Who we are

C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, and is widely recognized as an influential and pragmatic voice on climate issues. We are:

  • A Trusted Source – Ranking regularly among the top environmental think tanks in the world, C2ES provides timely, impartial information and analysis on our pressing climate and energy challenges.
  • A Bridge-Builder – We bring city, state, and national policymakers together with businesses and other stakeholders to achieve common understanding and consensus solutions.
  • A Policy Innovator – We develop market-based solutions and other practical policy approaches that deliver real and lasting climate progress.
  • A Catalyst for Business Action – We work with Fortune 500 companies to strengthen business action and business support for effective climate policy.

We invite you to learn more about our work, sign up for our newsletter, and join C2ES in our efforts to advance innovative climate solutions.

What We Do

Here are some of the ways we work with policymakers and diverse stakeholders to meet our climate and energy challenges:

Solutions Forum
C2ES brings together business, state, and city leaders to develop practical climate solutions. Through public-private roundtables around the U.S., the C2ES Solutions Forum is fostering collaborative strategies to reduce emissions, expand clean energy, mobilize climate finance, strengthen climate resilience, and build a foundation for national efforts.

Partnering with Mayors
In partnership with The U.S. Conference of Mayors, C2ES is working to strengthen public-private cooperation in cities nationwide. The Alliance for a Sustainable Future helps mayors and business leaders work together to reduce carbon emissions, speed deployment of clean technologies, and promote sustainable development.

International Dialogue
C2ES brought together negotiators from two dozen countries to help lay the groundwork for the landmark Paris Agreement, and is now working with them to ensure it is effectively implemented. We’re also advancing global efforts to phase out HFCs, a highly potent class of greenhouse gases, and to reduce aviation emissions.

Business Environmental Leadership Council
Our council – including top companies in the power, manufacturing, transportation, high tech, oil and gas, finance and other sectors – is the largest U.S.-based group of companies devoted solely to addressing climate change. C2ES works with these business leaders to better understand the policies and technologies that will help us reach our climate goals.

Market-Based Strategies
C2ES is working with cities, states, and businesses to explore cap-and-trade, carbon taxes and other market-based strategies for cost-effective emissions reduction, with the ultimate aim of a national market-based climate program.

Strengthening Resilience
C2ES has worked with some of the world’s largest companies to strengthen business resilience to extreme weather and other climate impacts. Building on that expertise, we’re now bringing businesses and cities together to assess and address climate risks.

Climate Leadership Awards and Conference
C2ES co-hosts the annual Climate Leadership Conference, where hundreds of sustainability, energy, and climate professionals from the public, private and non-profit sectors get the latest on policy and business solutions. The conference features the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious Climate Leadership Awards.

Carbon Capture Coalition
C2ES and the Great Plains Institute co-convene the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative, a broad coalition of business, environmental, labor, and state representatives advancing technology to capture carbon emissions from factories and power plants for storage and commercial use.

We invite you to support our work.