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JULY 2013

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USA Today Op-Ed

Climate Leaders

Tips for Renters

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C2ES in the News

Coverage of our business resilience report included Climatewire, Environmental Leader, The Hill, The Motley Fool and Civil Engineering.

A new C2ES analysis of federal agency use of information and communication technologies to save energy was cited by Greenwire, The Climate Group, Energy Collective, and Mondaq.

Elliot Diringer tells the Christian Science Monitor that even though world consumption of fossil fuels is projected to grow 56 percent by 2040, smart policy could still moderate the growth in emissions.

Judi Greenwald talks to The Seattle Times about the state of funding for carbon storage research.

President Obama could be signaling Canada to offer a plan to reduce the carbon intensity of the oil sands crude that would flow through the Keystone pipeline, Elliot Diringer tells Politico.

Michael Tubman tells Inside Climate News that natural gas can’t by itself get us to the long-term emissions reductions we need, but its role in the decline in U.S. emissions last year was “significant.”

C2ES’s Joe Casola and Rachel Cleetus of the Union of Concerned Scientists explain the impacts of climate change on businesses in a video discussion with the investment website The Motley Fool.

Mark Your Calendar

Register for our next natural gas webinars Aug. 7 with Branko Terzic of the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions and Aug. 14 with Tom Massaro of New Jersey Natural Gas.

Sara Dougherty will speak on financing alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure Sept. 15 at the NASEO annual meeting in Denver.

Joe Casola delivers a keynote Sept. 25 on planning tools for climate change adaptation at the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association annual conference.

C2ES is the program sponsor for Carbon Forum North America, Oct. 1-2 in Washington, D.C. Policy-makers and leading analysts will explore key developments in emissions trading systems around the world.

Companies brace for extreme weather
Major global companies foresee growing risks from extreme weather and climate change, but most need better data and tools to strengthen their climate resilience. A major new C2ES report highlights the rising risks – including loss of water or power, higher insurance costs, and disruption of supply chains – and how some leading companies are starting to address them. See video of our report launch, with remarks by National Grid US President Tom King and American Water CEO Jeff Sterba.

Capturing (and utilizing) carbon
In recent testimony, Judi Greenwald urged House lawmakers to continue federal support for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies, calling them “the most important climate and energy solution that no one knows about.” She noted the Department of Energy’s critical role in a first-of-its-kind project in Port Arthur, Texas, where CO2 captured from a hydrogen plant is used in enhanced oil recovery (EOR), and recommended expanding tax incentives for CO2-EOR to spur private investment in this critical technology.

EPA gears up for CO2 standards
With Gina McCarthy now confirmed as Administrator, the Environmental Protection Agency is proceeding to develop standards limiting carbon emissions from new and existing power plants. The new rules are a cornerstone of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. C2ES explains why the power plant rules are important and how they might work.

More on Federal Policy

Nearly half of U.S. still suffering drought
Drought persists in much of the southern Great Plains and Southwest, helping to fuel devastating wildfires. The United States suffered $30 billion in drought-related damages last year, and more than 40 percent of the continental U.S. remains in a moderate or worse drought. The continuing struggles of farmers, ranchers, water managers, and energy suppliers illustrate the economy’s vulnerability to drought, which is likely to become more frequent and intense in some regions due to climate change.

Agencies prepare for climate adaptation
For the first time, agencies across the federal government have detailed plans identifying vulnerabilities to climate impacts and ways to reduce them. For example, the Agriculture Department’s adaptation plan describes how land restoration, wildfire management, watershed conservation and biotechnology can make the nation’s public and private lands more resilient to climate change impacts. C2ES has compiled the plans, the product of a 2009 executive order.

More on Science and Impacts

Utility leaders want better climate data
With 800-plus extreme weather events worldwide in 2012 resulting in more than $130 billion in damages, adjusting to a "new normal" is a challenge for every community and business. American Water CEO Jeff Sterba and National Grid US President Tom King write in a USA TODAY op-ed that as energy and water providers work to make their networks more climate-resilient, a clearinghouse of localized climate projections would help pinpoint risks to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

EPA awards to recognize climate leaders
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 EPA Climate Leadership Awards, recognizing organizations for excellence in reducing the climate impact of their operations and supply chains. Applications submitted by Aug. 7 will receive an advance review for completeness and clarity. Final submissions are due Sept. 13. Winners will be honored at the third annual Climate Leadership Conference in San Diego.

More on Business

Financing energy efficiency at home
Electric utilities in nearly half of the U.S. states are trying an innovative approach to financing energy efficiency in homes and buildings: letting owners pay back loans for energy-saving improvements via their regular utility bill. A new C2ES interactive map tracks the states that require or support these “on-bill” financing programs. Buildings and the energy needed to power the appliances and equipment used inside them account for about a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

States want more zero emission vehicles
Nine states are following California’s lead in requiring major automakers to ramp up production of zero emission vehicles, which can help improve local air quality and reduce carbon emissions. ZEVs include battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell cars, which emit zero emissions during operation. C2ES explains Zero Emission Vehicle Programs and tracks their adoption by other states.

More on Regions and States

Renters can Make an Impact, too
One-third of all Americans live in rental housing, many of them paying their own utility bills. But most advice on saving energy is aimed at homeowners. That’s why the C2ES Make an Impact program is reaching out with brochures and online tips to help renters take energy-saving steps that could reduce their environmental impact while trimming their monthly utility bills.

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