Our mission is to advance strong policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote 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, which was founded in 1998, and is widely recognized as an influential and pragmatic voice on climate issues. We are:
- A Trusted Source – 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.
C2ES’s strong contributions are recognized worldwide. We consistently rank among the world’s leading environmental policy think tanks in the University of Pennsylvania Global Go To Think Tank Index. C2ES also was named the 2016 top U.S. energy and environment think tank by Prospect magazine for our work on the Paris Agreement.
As a fully independent organization, C2ES is solely responsible for its positions, programs, and publications. (See our guiding principles.)
In all of the work we do as a team and with our partners, we also strive to be strategic, bold, thorough, credible, pragmatic, and collaborative.
What We Do
Here are some of the ways we work with policymakers and diverse stakeholders to meet our climate and energy challenges:
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.
Climate Innovation 2050
Climate Innovation 2050 brings together more than two dozen leading companies to examine potential pathways toward substantially decarbonizing the U.S. economy. Climate Innovation 2050 is developing a range of scenarios for reducing U.S. emissions, and will later produce decarbonization roadmaps to achieve that goal.
Partnering with Mayors
In partnership with The U.S. Conference of Mayors, C2ES is working to strengthen public-private climate 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 prestigious Climate Leadership Awards.
Carbon Capture Coalition
C2ES and the Great Plains Institute co-convene the Carbon Capture Coalition, 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.
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
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