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JUNE 2013

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Leading by Example

US-China HFC Deal

Clinton Honors MAI

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Business Resilience Event

American Water CEO Jeff Sterba and National Grid US President Tom King will join C2ES in launching a new report, “Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change.” Register here to attend the event July 17 in Washington, D.C.

Natural Gas Webinar Series

Join us for a summer
webinar series exploring opportunities to leverage the natural gas boom to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation (July 10), buildings (July 24) and electricity (August 7).

Making an Impact at SXSW

The C2ES Make an Impact team will host an event on Sparking Climate Interest & Action in Communities at the SXSW Eco 2013 in October in Austin. Make an Impact was chosen by the public from more than 300 entries. C2ES In the News

C2ES analysis and reaction to President Obama’s climate action plan was cited by many media outlets, including The Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Louisville Courier-Journal, Indianapolis Star, Global Post, Voice of America, Hindustan Times, and Le Monde.

Coverage of the new C2ES report on leveraging natural gas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions included stories in Bloomberg, NPR Texas, Public Radio International, The Guardian and Oil and Gas Journal.

Eileen Claussen talks about the prospects for low-carbon fuels in this video summit hosted by National Journal

Manik Roy is featured in Mother Jones’ tongue-in-cheek infographic, “How to Fix the Climate, in One Simple Flowchart.”

Natural gas creates climate opportunities
A new C2ES report outlines ways the natural gas boom can help reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The report also emphasizes the need for zero-carbon energy sources such as wind, nuclear and solar, plus efforts to minimize methane leaks, to achieve deeper long-term emissions cuts. See video and photos from the launch, which featured (above left to right) Dominion Resources CEO Tom Farrell, American Gas President Dave McCurdy, and Center for American Progress VP for Energy Policy Darryl Banks.

Obama commits to stronger climate action
President Obama’s new climate action plan stresses the need to both cut carbon emissions and strengthen America’s climate resilience. Eileen Claussen says it’s a credible, comprehensive strategy to use the tools at the president’s disposal. But success will require continued presidential leadership. See relevant C2ES resources and our Q-and-A on the plan’s key element – regulation of existing power plants.

More on Federal Policy

Smart tech helps feds save energy
Information and communication technologies are helping federal agencies save energy and taxpayer dollars. A new C2ES analysis concludes agencies could meet half their greenhouse gas reduction goals and save more than $5 billion on energy through 2020 with advanced energy sensors and controls, GPS-based fleet management systems, teleconferencing, and cloud-based data storage. The report builds on eight case studies of smart technologies at work.

More on C2ES Initiatives

New York takes lead on resilience
New York’s $20 billion plan to safeguard the city against rising sea levels and other climate risks is the most ambitious effort yet by any U.S. city to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Joe Casola notes that a fresh assessment projects New York will face up to 31 inches of sea-level rise by 2050. Climate change can amplify the impacts of hurricanes like Sandy, and the government is forecasting a well above-average hurricane season this year.

More on Science and Impacts

A breakthrough on HFCs
China has agreed to cooperate with the United States and other nations in restricting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a potent family of greenhouse gases. A recent C2ES brief outlines ways the U.S. can reduce domestic emissions of HFCs and other short-lived climate pollutants. Stephen Seidel explains how the US-China agreement strengthens prospects for global action.

Limiting global temperature rise
A new International Energy Agency report outlines strategies to reduce carbon emissions from the energy sector and keep open the possibility of limiting global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius. Judi Greenwald, who provided input to the report, praises IEA’s call for a global push for energy efficiency and increased support for carbon capture and storage.

More on International Policy

Talking up a price on carbon
Experts of all political stripes continue to consider the idea of a carbon tax. At a recent debate, former Republican congressman Bob Inglis argued that a carbon tax could reflect conservative principles if it were revenue-neutral, reduced or eliminated existing taxes or tax credits, and pre-empted EPA greenhouse gas regulations. A C2ES brief lays out some of the options for a carbon tax.

More on Federal Policy

Clinton initiative honors Make an Impact
The Clinton Global Initiative recognized the success of C2ES’s Make an Impact in empowering individuals to save energy. Last year, the program committed to doubling its impact by enlisting individuals to take steps reducing carbon emissions by a total of 6 million pounds. More than 12,000 people have pledged to reduce their carbon footprints by 54 million pounds of CO2 – nine times our initial goal.

Join the Green Fair fun
Employees and the public will get tips on saving energy through demonstrations and games at a series of Green Fairs this summer at Alcoa facilities. After two successful fairs in Pittsburgh in June, the Make an Impact team heads to Washington state in July for Green Fairs featuring local businesses and organizations.

More from Make an Impact

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