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OCT. 2013

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EPA Power Plant Rules

Risks to Business

Make an Impact

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Climate Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for the 2014 Climate Leadership Conference Feb. 24-26 in San Diego. Topics will include understanding climate risk, the energy-water nexus, and climate communications. Winners of EPA’s 2014 Climate Leadership Awards will be announced.

Resilience webinars

In two free webinars, American Water describes climate risks facing the water industry Nov. 13, and Rio Tinto talks about extreme weather’s impacts on the mining industry Dec. 4. Mark Your Calendar

Janet Peace speaks Nov. 13 at the National Journal Policy Summit on Powering Innovation: Technology and Our Energy Future.

Eileen Claussen, Duke Energy Chairman James Rogers and PSEG President Ralph LaRossa discuss distributed generation Nov. 20 at the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy conference in Boston.

Steve Seidel presents C2ES research about ways federal agencies are using information technology to cut energy use, emissions, and costs at NextGov Prime Nov. 20 in Washington.

Amy Morsch talks about engaging schools on energy and climate Nov. 20 at the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) conference in Sacramento.

C2ES in the News

Joe Casola talks to Voice of America about the implications of the latest IPCC report on climate science.

Manik Roy speaks with Platts Energy Week TV about carbon regulations for new and existing power plants.


West Coast states pledge climate action
The leaders of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia pledged this week to coordinate actions to address climate change, including the use of market mechanisms to “account for the costs of carbon pollution.” In a separate action, California has formally linked its cap-and-trade system with Quebec’s. (Image courtesy Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.)


UN climate talks resume in Warsaw
Next month’s COP 19 marks the midpoint in talks aimed at a new global climate agreement in 2015. Elliot Diringer describes how the talks are shaping up, and C2ES will host two events in Warsaw: one examining the state of climate policy in the United States, and one highlighting companies’ efforts to strengthen their climate resilience.

More on International Policy


C2ES begins search for new president
C2ES President Eileen Claussen announced plans to step aside once a successor is in place. Board Chairman Ted Roosevelt IV praised Claussen’s leadership, saying he’s confident the strong foundation she built will carry C2ES forward. Claussen, who founded C2ES’ predecessor, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, in 1998, plans to stay actively engaged.

More from C2ES


EPA seeks input on power plant carbon rules
The Environmental Protection Agency plans 11 “listening sessions” around the country as it begins developing carbon limits for existing power plants. Eileen Claussen tells the National Journal that EPA has to balance two critical goals: Driving real greenhouse gas reductions, while accounting for the unique circumstances of each state. Our Q-and-A lays out some of the issues.

More on Federal Policy


Sandy’s lesson: Strengthen climate resilience
A year after Hurricane Sandy, communities are still struggling to recover. Dan Huber writes that another pressing need is reducing the risk of future losses by strengthening infrastructure and steering development out of harm’s way.

More on Science and Impacts


Businesses focus on climate risks
More companies are asking what risks they face from a changing climate and how to address them. Eileen Claussen and American Water CEO Jeff Sterba told the National Association of Corporate Directors that step one is systematically assessing risks to operations, facilities, employees, customers, and supply chains. See our framework for managing climate risks.

More on Business


Engaging employees in saving energy
Alcoa, Bank of America and Entergy shared lessons in encouraging employees to save energy at SXSW Eco, an annual gathering of environmental leaders and entrepreneurs. Katie Mandes says sustainability helps companies cut costs, improve customer relations, and retain employees.

More from Make an Impact


States pave the way for electric vehicles
Eight states announced this month they will work together to encourage consumers to buy electric and zero-emission cars. Nick Nigro says C2ES work in this area shows that stakeholder coordination and creative policies will be critical. A C2ES Action Tool helps states design strategies for getting more of these vehicles on the road.

More on Initiatives


Tracking state policies on storing carbon
A number of states have adopted rules to foster carbon capture and storage and the use of captured CO2 in enhanced oil recovery. A series of new C2ES policy maps shows how states are regulating issues such as long-term ownership and management of sequestered carbon.

More on Regions and States


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