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Webinar: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change: American Water

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Dr. Mark LeChevallier, Director of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship.View slides here.See video here.

Extreme weather poses some unique challenges and opportunities for the water industry. The variation and intensity of rainfall, flooding and drought can affect the ability to draw, treat, and provide water to customers. Extreme weather also plays a role in the location of plants and water treatment technologies. Dr. Mark LeChevallier of American Water will describe efforts by of the world's leading companies to confront these factors.

Title: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change: American Water

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

View slides here.

See video here.

 

C2ES Events in Warsaw

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November 18: Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate ChangeNovember 18: Reception: “Increasing Stakeholder Engagement”November 19: U.S. Climate Policy: An Update on Federal and State Action

Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change

Date: Monday, November 18, 18:00-19:00
Location: US Center, National Stadium

Building off the C2ES report, “Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change,” corporate leaders will discuss the risks of extreme weather and some ways to begin assessing and managing those risks. Among the steps that could help are: creating a clearinghouse for up-to-date data and analytical tools; investing in public infrastructure; considering resilience needs in regulation; and developing voluntary, public-private partnerships.

Panelists include:

  • Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Giles Dickson, Vice President, Environmental Policies & Global Advocacy, Alstom
  • Jennifer Layke, Executive Director, Institute for Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls
  • Timothy Juliani, Director of Corporate Engagement, C2ES

Reception: “Increasing Stakeholder Engagement”

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) invite you to a reception recognizing the importance of increasing the involvement of stakeholder groups in the UNFCCC process – one of the key themes of COP-19. 

Date: Monday, November 18, 19:30
Location: US Center, National Stadium
 

U.S. Climate Policy: An Update on Federal and State Action

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 18:00-20:00

Location: EU Side-events (1st floor), Room Brussels, National Stadium

Senior U.S. and California officials and business and environmental stakeholders will examine progress and challenges in advancing domestic policies to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Speakers include:

  • Matt Rodriquez, Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jonathan Pershing, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Technology and Policy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Marnie Funk, Senior Advisor, CO2 Advocacy, Oil Sands & Renewables, Shell Oil
  • Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Elliot Diringer, Executive Vice President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

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Alternative Fuel Vehicle Finance Initiative

C2ES launched the Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Finance Initiative in early 2013 to identify new types of financing to speed the deployment of AFVs and fueling infrastructure. C2ES and its partners are working in states with public and private stakeholders to learn more about markets, identify financial barriers, and develop new approaches to deploying AFVs and fueling infrastructure by taking maximum advantage of small pubic investments or making new business arrangements. C2ES assembled the AFV Finance Advisory Group to help guide its work.

The initiative currently consists of two projects. For more information, see About AFV Finance or the C2ES resources linked below.

C2ES Resources

Clone of Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change

Businesses face growing threats from extreme weather and climate change: damage to facilities, loss of water or power supplies, higher costs, and disruption of supply and distribution chains.

In a major report, Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change, C2ES provides a detailed snapshot of the state of resilience planning among a cross-section of global companies and outlines steps companies can take to better assess and manage their growing climate risks.

Click above to see our infographic, with key takeaways

Click here to view the infograohic as a PDF

The report includes a comprehensive review of resilience practices among S&P Global 100 Index companies and detailed case studies of six companies in diverse sectors: American Water, Bayer, The Hartford Group, National Grid, Rio Tinto and Weyerhaeuser.  It also draws on input from a technical workshop with representatives of a wide range of industries.

Key Findings:

  • Ninety percent of S&P Global 100 Index companies identify extreme weather and climate change as current or future business risks.
  • Almost two-thirds (62 percent) say they are experiencing climate change impacts now, or expect to in the coming decade.
  • Companies are most concerned about the direct impacts of extreme weather on property, production and supplies, and indirect impacts on operational costs, such as higher prices for commodities or insurance.
  • Most companies are managing these risks through existing business continuity and emergency management plans. Only a few have used climate-specific tools to comprehensively assess risks.
  • Most companies (75 percent) also see new opportunities from a changing climate, including drought-resistant crops, storm-resistant building materials, and weather-related insurance products.

Recommendations:

  • Create a clearinghouse for reliable, up-to-date data and analytical tools. Companies need user-friendly, localized projections of climate changes and models that link projections to impacts that matter most.
  • Invest in public infrastructure resilience. Roads, bridges, ports, and other public resources used to transport goods and services to market must withstand extreme weather and climate impacts.
  • Consider resilience needs in regulation. Companies in regulated sectors, such as water, electricity, and insurance need regulators to be forward-looking and open to companies making the case for more spending
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  • Set up voluntary, public-private partnerships.  Bring together government and business expertise to improve resilience planning.
 


 

Additional Resources:

 

C2ES would like to acknowledge Bank of America for its collaboration and generous financial support.

 

 

 

Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change

Businesses face growing threats from extreme weather and climate change: damage to facilities, loss of water or power supplies, higher costs, and disruption of supply and distribution chains.

In a major report, Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change, C2ES provides a detailed snapshot of the state of resilience planning among a cross-section of global companies and outlines steps companies can take to better assess and manage their growing climate risks.

Click above to see our infographic, with key takeaways

Click here to view the infographic as a PDF

The report includes a comprehensive review of resilience practices among S&P Global 100 Index companies and detailed case studies of six companies in diverse sectors: American Water, Bayer, The Hartford Group, National Grid, Rio Tinto and Weyerhaeuser.  It also draws on input from a technical workshop with representatives of a wide range of industries.

Key Findings:

  • Ninety percent of S&P Global 100 Index companies identify extreme weather and climate change as current or future business risks.
  • Almost two-thirds (62 percent) say they are experiencing climate change impacts now, or expect to in the coming decade.
  • Companies are most concerned about the direct impacts of extreme weather on property, production and supplies, and indirect impacts on operational costs, such as higher prices for commodities or insurance.
  • Most companies are managing these risks through existing business continuity and emergency management plans. Only a few have used climate-specific tools to comprehensively assess risks.
  • Most companies (75 percent) also see new opportunities from a changing climate, including drought-resistant crops, storm-resistant building materials, and weather-related insurance products.

Recommendations:

  • Create a clearinghouse for reliable, up-to-date data and analytical tools. Companies need user-friendly, localized projections of climate changes and models that link projections to impacts that matter most.
  • Invest in public infrastructure resilience. Roads, bridges, ports, and other public resources used to transport goods and services to market must withstand extreme weather and climate impacts.
  • Consider resilience needs in regulation. Companies in regulated sectors, such as water, electricity, and insurance need regulators to be forward-looking and open to companies making the case for more spending on resilience.
  • Set up voluntary, public-private partnerships.  Bring together government and business expertise to improve resilience planning.

Additional Resources:

C2ES would like to acknowledge Bank of America for its collaboration and generous financial support.

 

Video of our July 17, 2013, launch event

Introduction and high-level discussion

Discussion on emerging business resilience practices

 

Video of our Sept. 23, 2013, event at Climate Week NYC

Opening Remarks

Discussion
Company Prespectives: Managing Climate Risk

 

Video of our Nov. 18, 2013, side event at the UN climate talks in Warsaw

 

Report Launch: Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change

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The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) releases a new report, "Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change," which explores the extent to which companies consider their vulnerabilities to a changing climate, and how those considerations may be incorporated into business planning and decision-making. C2ES President Eileen Claussen will lead a CEO-level conversation and Janet Peace, C2ES Vice President for Market and Business Strategies, will lead a discussion of individual case studies. 

Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change

July 17, 2013 | Washington, DC

Welcome
Eileen Claussen
President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Panel I: Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Growing Risks to Business

Jeffry E. Sterba
President & Chief Executive Officer, American Water

Thomas B. King
Executive Director & President, National Grid US

Moderated by:
Eileen Claussen
President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Panel II:  Emerging Business Practices in Building Resilience

Jeff Williams
Director of Climate Consulting, Entergy

Jay Bruns
Vice President for Public Policy, The Hartford

Jeffrey Hopkins
Policy Adviser, Economics & Environment, Rio Tinto

Sara Kendall
Vice President Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, Weyerhaeuser Company

Moderated by:
Janet Peace
Vice President for Market and Business Strategies, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions


Wrap-up 

Janet Peace
Vice President for Market and Business Strategies, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Leveraging Natural Gas Webinar Series

C2ES held a series of webinars from June-August 2013 to explore sector-specific opportunities for low-emitting natural gas use. Slides and video from the webinars are available below.

  • Manufacturing: June 26, Bruce Hedman, Technical Director, Institute for Industrial Productivity. View slides here.
  • Transportation: July 10, Susan Robinson, Federal Public Affairs Director, Waste Management. View slides here.
  • Power: August 7, Branko Terzic, Executive Director, Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions. View slides here.
  • Buildings: August 14, Tom Massaro, Vice President - Marketing and Business Intelligence, New Jersey Natural Gas. View slides here.

Leading by Example 2.0: How Information and Communication Technologies Help Achieve Federal Sustainability Goals


 

 

 


 

 




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Introduction

As the nation’s largest landlord, employer, fleet operator, and purchaser of goods and services, the federal government has the opportunity, if not the responsibility, to lead by example in moving our country in a more economically efficient and environmentally sustainable direction. Faced with tightening budgets, agencies are looking for new ways to reduce costs and increase productivity, while at the same time meeting a growing list of congressional and executive mandates to consume less energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
 

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