Getting to Zero: A U.S. Climate Agenda

Please join the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) for the release of a comprehensive new agenda for decarbonizing the U.S. economy. Developed in consultation with leading companies in key sectors, the agenda will outline policies needed over the coming decade to put the United States on the path to net zero emissions by 2050.
Senior executives of leading companies will discuss the challenges and opportunities for U.S. business in achieving carbon neutrality.

The event will feature a discussion with U.S. Representatives Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Exelon Generation President and CEO Kenneth W. Cornew. A panel of representatives from leading companies will follow, discussing the challenges and opportunities for U.S. businesses in achieving mid-century climate goals.

Getting to Zero: A U.S. Climate Agenda is the latest product of C2ES’s Climate Innovation 2050 initiative, which brings together more than three dozen companies in the power, transportation, tech, oil and gas, chemicals, cement, steel, manufacturing, finance and food/agriculture sectors to examine U.S. decarbonization challenges. Earlier this year, the initiative produced a report presenting alternative scenarios for decarbonizing the U.S. economy and a set of near-term bipartisan policy options.

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Event Video

Welcome and Congressional Remarks
U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich)



CEO Perspective with Exelon Generation CEO Ken Cornew
Report Overview: Getting to Zero


Views from Key Sectors


Ted Deutch (D-Fla.)
U.S. Representative

Representative Ted Deutch (D-Florida) is the Chairman of the House Ethics Committee and a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he serves as the Chairman of the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism Subcommittee. Congressman Deutch’s priorities in the 116th Congress…

Fred Upton (R-Mich.)
U.S. Representative

Representative Fred Upton (R-Michigan) is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, and represents Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District. Prior to his election to Congress, Congressman Upton worked for President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). From 2010 to 2016, Congressman Upton was selected by his…

Bob Perciasepe
President, C2ES

Bob Perciasepe is president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, a leading voice for practical policy and action to address our energy and climate challenges. Mr. Perciasepe has been an environmental policy leader in and outside government for more than 30 years, most recently as deputy administrator of…

Kenneth W. Cornew
President and CEO, Exelon Generation

Kenneth W. Cornew is the president and CEO of Exelon Generation, with 14,000 employees, 32,000 megawatts of power generation capacity and more than 2 million customers. With revenues of more than $20 billion and total assets of nearly $48 billion, Exelon Generation includes both the nation’s lowest-carbon fleet of power…

Brad Townsend
Managing Director for Strategic Initiatives, C2ES

Brad Townsend is Managing Director for Strategic Initiatives at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). He manages the Climate Innovation 2050 initiative, which engages leading companies in a collaborative effort to identify challenges and pathways for decarbonizing the U.S. economy. Previously, Mr. Townsend was the associate director for…

Ashley Allen
Senior Manager, Climate and Land, Mars, Inc.

Ashley Allen is the Sustainability Senior Manager for Climate and Land at Mars, Incorporated. She serves as Mars’ subject matter expert on global sustainability issues related to climate change and land use and supports Mars’ Sustainable in a Generation Plan. Ms. Allen helps lead Mars’ efforts to reach net zero…

Gloriamar Gamez
Energy Manager, Climate Change, Renewables and Regulatory, Dow

Gloriamar Gamez is the Energy Manager, Climate Change Renewables & Regulatory, for Dow Chemical. Ms. Gamez works to support Dow’s long-term view on carbon, helping to develop and implement strategies to mitigate climate change risk, and capture value for Dow. She leads the review process to originate and develop renewable…

Stephen Harper
Global Director, Environment and Energy Policy, Intel Corporation

Stephen Harper is Global Director, Environment, Energy and Sustainability Policy, at the Intel Corporation. He is responsible for advising senior management and leading company influencing efforts on a wide variety of topics, ranging from chemicals management to energy efficiency, water policy and the role of Intel’s products in helping meet…

Rick Johnson
Director of Sustainability, Entergy

Rick Johnson is the Director, Sustainability for Entergy Corporation in New Orleans, Louisiana. His primary areas of expertise are sustainability and environmental strategy development and implementation, environmental issue management, climate strategy and overall sustainability and environmental program management. He joined Entergy in 2001 as a senior environmental analyst focused on…

Michael LeMonds
Vice President of Environment, Land and Government Affairs, LafargeHolcim USA

Michael LeMonds is Vice President of Environment, Land and Government Affairs of LafargeHolcim. Since joining the company in 2000, Mr. LeMonds has been directly responsible for implementing business development improvements across both the US and Canada. He reports directly to the US Cement CEO and sits on both Executive Committees.…

Elliot Dirnger
Executive Vice President, C2ES

Elliot Diringer is Executive Vice President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). He manages day-to-day operations of C2ES and helps direct research, policy, outreach, international, and communications efforts. Mr. Diringer has been deeply engaged in environmental issues and policy for nearly 30 years. As a reporter and…