Climate Leadership Awards

Ten companies and organizations, two partnerships, and three individuals receives 2017 Climate Leadership Awards for their accomplishments in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change.
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The “Instability Ingredient” and Business Risk

Businesses have always had to predict and manage risks. Those risks include the potential impact of extreme weather such as floods, storms and drought on a company's supply chain, power supply, and property.

But now companies must find a way to factor in the "instability ingredient" -- climate change -- which is likely to make weather more unpredictable, extreme -- and costly -- in the future.


Market Based Climate Mitigation Policies In Emerging Economies

Market Based Climate Mitigation Policies In Emerging Economies

December 2012

by Sara Moarif and Namrata Patodia Rastogi

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Used by governments for decades, market-based policies are mechanisms to control environmental pollution at various leverage points. They work by changing relative prices – raising the cost of emissions-intensive activities and/or lowering the cost of lower-emitting alternatives – to provide producers and consumers with a financial incentive to adopt the latter. Policies that can be considered market-based include taxes and fees, subsidies, and the use of pollution control trading systems. Market-based policy instruments provide financial incentive to elicit specific behavior from entities responsible for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, whether consumers or producers.

This brief provides an overview of market-based policies aimed at reducing GHG emissions in several major emerging economies: Brazil, China, India, South Africa and South Korea. By implementing regulatory and marketbased policy instruments across their economies, these countries are seeking to promote cleaner technologies and behavior change while also promoting economic development and growth.

Sara Moarif

Climate silence will cost the United States

I recently replied to ta question on the National Journal blog, "How is the absence of discussion about global warming going to affect our ability to do something about it?"

You can read more on the original blog post and other responses at the National Journal.

Here is my response:

Patience and policy needed on drive toward sustainability

I recently responded to a question on the National Journal blog, "What 's holding back electric cars?"

You can read more on the original blog post and other responses at the National Journal.

Here is my response:

Companies seeing impacts of climate change

At a time when the climate issue is being overshadowed in capitals around the world by economic concerns, some may be surprised that interest in climate change in both the investor and corporate communities remains strong. In a recent survey of the world’s 500 largest companies, 96 percent of the 379 responding said that climate change is dealt with at the senior executive or board level, while 78 percent have integrated climate change into their business strategies. In the same survey, 37 percent say the impacts of climate change are already affecting their operations, up sharply from just 10 percent two years ago.

To understand why, just look at the numbers.


Hear from Experts on the Latest Actions in Carbon Markets and Climate Policy

Media Advisory
Sept. 25, 2012
Contact: Laura Rehrmann,, 703-516-0621

Hear from Experts on the Latest Actions in Carbon Markets and Climate Policy

WASHINGTON – Join the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and international, national and state experts Oct. 1-2 at Carbon Forum North America, organized by the International Emissions Trading Association. C2ES is the program sponsor for Carbon Forum North America, which has established itself as the go-to event to learn the latest thinking and developments in climate policy and carbon markets.

C2ES President Eileen Claussen provides insights on the prospects for low-carbon climate and energy policies in the opening plenary, and other C2ES experts will discuss state climate action, carbon pricing, and international climate policy.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, will be the opening keynote speaker.

WHAT: Carbon Forum North America

WHEN: Oct. 1-2, 2012

WHERE: Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

MEDIA: Press should pre-register by sending name, organization and telephone number to Ben McCarthy at Press passes will also be available at the door. Reporters who are not pre-registered should arrive early to secure passes.

C2ES at Carbon Forum North America

Monday, Oct. 1
9:15 AM: Plenary I – Strategizing Climate and Energy: How Are We Doing
C2ES Speaker: Eileen Claussen, President

Tuesday, Oct. 2
9:00 AM: North America 2050 (NA2050)—A New Partnership for Progress
C2ES Moderator: Judi Greenwald, Vice President of Technology & Innovation

2:00 PM: Beyond Cap & Trade: Alternative Carbon Pricing Mechanisms
C2ES Moderator: Janet Peace, Vice President of Markets & Business Strategy

3:45 PM: Plenary IV: International Climate Strategy
C2ES Speaker: Elliot Diringer – Executive Vice President

About C2ES

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change. Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

Rio Tinto/Energy Policy Institute 'Energy Exchange Breakfast Series', Brisbane

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C2ES President Eileen Claussen headlines the finall installment of a four-part breakfast series designed to facilitate constructive, informed and robust debate on energy policy.

Claussen, a critical thought leader on energy and climate issues, will share her views on climate change, energy policy and the leadership needed to find solutions for these global challenges.

The previous three breakfasts have featured keynote speakers:

Dr Fatih Birol - Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency;

Mr Zhang Guobao - Chairman of the Advisory Board of China's National Energy Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Economic Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference;

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Dr Bryan Hannegan, Vice President, Environment and Renewables for the US-based Electric Power Research Institute;

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For information on the Energy Exchange Series click here.

Public Workshop: Developing Industrial Benchmarks

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Pace University1 Pace PlazaNew York, NY 10038

Co-hosts: International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) and North America 2050 (NA2050)

Format: One day public workshop in New York City with presentations and participation from ICAP and NA2050 representatives and from selected experts from various backgrounds (academia, nonprofit, industry). Presentations will be followed by open discussions among the participants. About 60 attendees are expected.

Location: Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038

Registration: Participation is free of charge and open to interested stakeholders from North America and from around the world. Registration is open until September 7, 2012. Please send your information (name, institution, position and address) to in order to register. Please note that registration may be limited due to room constraints.

ICAP:         Camille Serre Contact: +49 (30) 3087760-83
NA2050:     Kyle Aarons, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions +1 703-516-0632

Invitees:    ICAP members; NA2050 members; government officials from U.S. states and Canadian provinces; officials from the U.S. and Canadian federal governments; industry representatives; representatives from the nongovernmental sector and academia; any other interested party. The workshop will be open to the public.


  • Explore approaches to developing industrial energy or greenhouse gas emissions benchmarks that could inform either allowances allocation under a GHG cap and trade program, performance-based GHG regulations or voluntary programs;
  • Gain understanding of current approaches to industry benchmarking, including those being implemented in the EU, California and elsewhere;
  • Examine international best practices to identify appropriate sectors with which to begin benchmarking and how to design benchmarks;
  • Identify benefits of coordinating benchmarking approaches;
  • Foster broader communication and collaboration on energy and climate policy; and
  • Identify possible next steps for continued collaboration between NA2050 and ICAP.

Draft Agenda
Monday, September 24: Public Workshop
9:00 – 18:00

Session 1: The Context/Rationale for Benchmarking
Provide context for benchmarking, the role of benchmarking in ICAP and NA2050 jurisdictions, and reasons for benchmark use. Identify key elements for defining benchmarks, how benchmarking has been used in the past, and prospects for the future.

Session 2: Existing and Innovative Approaches to Benchmarking Policy around the World
Focus on benchmark policymaking. Provide an overview of the global status of benchmarking, while exploring similarities and differences among existing programs. Discuss reasoning behind use of benchmarking and compare to alternatives.

Session 3: Constructing Benchmarks
Focus on the technical aspects of benchmark construction and implementation. Present the general approach to elaborating benchmarks. Illustrate steps in establishing benchmarks and what factors go into these decisions in selected industry sectors, both from the regulator and industry perspective. Discuss what has worked well and where there are opportunities for improvement, and highlight similarities and differences among existing programs and why these differences exist.

Session 4: Implementation Challenges and Lessons Learned
Reflect on the challenges in the implementation of benchmarks and on lessons learned, both from the regulator and industry perspective. Discuss the benefits arising from benchmarking programs and how industries have changed their practices.

Session 5: Conclusions and Outlook

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