About C2ES

Our mission is to advance strong policy and ambitious action to: reduce greenhouse gas emissions; promote and accelerate the clean energy transition; strengthen adaptation and resilience to climate impacts; and facilitate the necessary financial investments to do so. A range of solutions, including market-based approaches and other complementary policies will be critical to achieve each of these goals. We believe a sound climate strategy must reflect the urgent need for ambitious action. Solutions developed through inclusive stakeholder engagement, informed by the latest science focused on the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement, which are equitable and just leaving no one behind, and which create good jobs, are essential to ensure a strong, sustainable domestic and global 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.

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.

Our Values

As a fully independent organization, C2ES is solely responsible for its positions, programs, and publications.

We strive in all of our work to be:

  • strategic
  • bold
  • credible
  • pragmatic

We also are fully committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. There is no lasting climate solution without climate justice, and no climate justice without social justice. C2ES is committed to creating and growing a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and among the stakeholders we collaborate with and convene. By fostering this culture, we can enhance our work and amplify our impact.

Learn more here about our finances, management and guiding principles.

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.

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.

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 prestigious Climate Leadership Awards.

Carbon Capture Coalition

C2ES cofounded and remains an active participant in the Carbon Capture Coalition, a broad national coalition of business, environmental, labor, and state representatives advancing technology to capture carbon oxide emissions from a variety of industrial and power sources for either permanent geologic storage or sequestration in commercial products.

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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