Business Environmental Leadership Council

CBRE Group, Inc. Joins C2ES Business Environmental Leadership Council

Press Release
August 13, 2011

Contact: Laura Rehrmann, 703-516-0621,

CBRE Group, Inc. Joins C2ES Business Environmental Leadership Council

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) announced today that CBRE Group, Inc. has joined the C2ES Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) and its efforts to address the twin challenges of energy and global climate change.

“Buildings provide a huge energy efficiency opportunity, and as the global commercial real estate leader, CBRE will join other BELC members delivering effective solutions that work for the environment and the economy,” said C2ES President Eileen Claussen. “The BELC’s growth from 13 original members in 1998 to 36 today is a testament to the business community’s commitment to addressing climate change.  CBRE recognizes that this issue isn’t going away, and we commend them for taking an active role in helping to meet our climate and energy challenges.”

CBRE adopted a new environmental sustainability policy in July 2012 committing to measure and report its internal carbon footprint as well as supply chain emissions by 2013.  The company will also develop standards and policies to reduce energy and resource consumption and waste production and report those results. For areas under the company’s control, CBRE will establish annual reduction targets and verify progress through continued development of environmental management programs.  It is also taking steps to establish at least 70 percent of its corporate facilities over 20,000 square feet in space or buildings with recognized green building standards by 2017.

“Our partnership with C2ES is a reflection of our longstanding, leading environmental commitment,” says Larry Midler, CBRE’s Executive Vice President responsible for the company’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability programs. “At CBRE, we recognize the responsibility that comes with our industry leadership position. We look forward to engaging with C2ES and other businesses in the BELC to advance solutions related to climate change.”

The BELC is the largest U.S.-based association of corporations focused on addressing the challenges of climate change.  Launched in 1998 with 13 companies, the BELC now has 36 members representing over $2 trillion in combined revenue and more than 3.5 million employees.  Membership includes mainly Fortune 500 companies representing a diverse group of industries including energy, automobiles, manufacturing, chemicals, metals, mining, forest products, consumer goods and high technology. Individually and collectively, these companies are demonstrating that it is possible to take action to address energy and climate challenges while maintaining competitive excellence, growth, and profitability.

The BELC members are: Air Products & Chemicals, Alcoa, Alstom, American Water, AREVA, Bank of America, Bayer, BP, CBRE, Cummins, Daimler, Delta Air Lines, Dominion, Dow Chemical Company, DTE Energy, Duke Energy, DuPont, Entergy, Exelon Corporation, GE, GM, HP, Holcim, IBM, Intel, Johnson Controls, National Grid, NextEra Energy, NRG Energy, PG&E Corporation, PNM Resources, Rio Tinto, Shell, Toyota, TransAlta, and Weyerhaeuser.

For more information about global climate change and the activities of C2ES and the BELC, visit


About C2ES
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is an independent non-profit, non-partisan 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.

About CBRE
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm (in terms of 2011 revenue).  The company has approximately 34,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our Web site at

Evaluating Corporate Influence on the Climate Debate

Last week, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a new report, A Climate of Corporate Control: How Corporations Have Influenced the U.S. Dialogue on Climate Science and Policy. It’s an important topic, as we know there are professional merchants of doubt whose sole purpose is to exaggerate scientific uncertainty on environmental issues where in fact the science is quite clear. As the report points out, we have seen this time and again with topics such as tobacco, leaded gasoline, SO2, asbestos, DDT, and now climate change. 

Here’s how the authors describe their aim: “…Ultimately, we seek a dialogue around climate science and policy that prioritizes peer-reviewed scientific information over the agendas of specialized interest groups.” That’s a goal we at C2ES certainly share. And toward that end, we’d encourage a somewhat more nuanced and realistic perspective on how companies behave and why. Let me explain.

From Shop Floor to Top Floor

From factory floors to corporate boardrooms, energy efficiency is top of mind for a growing number of businesses and their employees. Leading companies are pioneering new energy efficiency strategies that result in greater productivity, robust financial savings, and a lower carbon footprint. Today, we released a major study that examines key practices of a diverse collection of corporations at the vanguard of innovative energy efficiency solutions.

The report, From Shop Floor to Top Floor: Best Business Practices in Energy Efficiency, features insights from detailed research and analysis collected over nearly two years. The study represents the centerpiece of our Corporate Energy Efficiency Conference next week in Chicago.

Weyerhaeuser Joins USCAP

While opponents of a clean-energy economy try to frame both climate legislation and the US Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) as dead wood, today Weyerhaeuser—the multi-billion dollar forest products company—confounded those voices in announcing it has joined the USCAP coalition.  The company has long had a commitment to address climate change, and it has been an active member of our Business Environmental Leadership Council for nearly twelve years. 

This is more than a lone green shoot, as Weyerhaeuser joins an ever-growing chorus of companies calling for the U.S. economy to regain its competitive edge rather than let other countries corner the emerging global clean-energy market.  Weyerhaeuser, like the 24 companies in USCAP, 46 companies in BELC, 65+ companies on the recent Wall Street Journal and Politico ad and the over 2600 companies in the American Business for Clean Energy Coalition, all understand that we can protect our natural resources and future generations from climate change, while creating American jobs, taking back control of our own energy future, and enhancing our national security. 

The business community is leading on the issue—now we need the Senate to follow.

Tim Juliani is Director of Corporate Engagement in the Markets & Business Strategy group

Our Year in Review

Domestically and internationally, climate action in 2009 laid critical groundwork for potential breakthroughs in Congress and global negotiations in 2010. Yet with an issue as complex and political as climate change, turning groundwork into policy is a challenge.  2010 will undoubtedly be a pivotal year for climate change – but first it is instructive to take a look back at what happened in 2009 and how that shaped where we are today.

We captured these highlights in our annual Year-in-Review Newsletter – a useful compilation of 2009’s big climate change stories and related insights. The year’s major domestic action included passage of the landmark House climate and clean energy bill along with numerous Obama administration efforts to improve our climate and economy. These accomplishments included the stimulus bill’s $80 billion in clean energy-related funding and EPA actions, including the endangerment finding, the greenhouse gas reporting rule, and stricter auto-efficiency standards.

Copenhagen consumed international climate attention in 2009, culminating in the pre-dawn hours of December 19 when final touches were put on an accord directly brokered by President Obama and a handful of key developing country leaders. While many questions remain after Copenhagen, our summary of the conference provides a sound starting point for grasping what transpired at the year’s largest climate event.

The lead-up to 2009’s main events required a great deal of work, and some of the year’s highlights include the detailed Blueprint for Climate Action released one year ago this month by the influential business-NGO coalition U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP). More industry leaders also showed support for mandatory climate action by joining our Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC). And efforts to reach business communities, employees, and families expanded through the Make An Impact program. In partnerships with aluminum manufacturer Alcoa and utility Entergy, we continue to provide individuals with strategies to save energy and money while protecting the environment. 

We continued to educate policy makers and opinion leaders, producing reports, analyses, and fact sheets on topics ranging from clean-energy technologies, climate science, competitiveness, and adaptation. Featuring expert insights and thoughtful opinions, we informed broad audiences about the immediate need for climate action. And our timely, relevant work moves forward in 2010 as we seek progress in addressing the most important global issue of our time.

Tom Steinfeldt is Communications Manager

Web Portal Opens Door To Leading Corporate Energy Efficiency Strategies

As energy prices continue to swing and the prospects for carbon constraints grow, it’s no wonder more and more companies are focusing their efforts on energy efficiency. But while most firms recognize the benefits of energy efficiency, many lack the information and resources required to take their efficiency programs to the next level.

To help provide these resources, we have launched a web portal with tools and information to help companies develop stronger energy efficiency strategies. The key feature of the portal is a searchable database of the energy efficiency activities undertaken by the 45 companies in the Center’s Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC).

Also included on the web portal are results of our recent survey distributed to 95 major corporations that offer key insights for those exploring best practices in corporate energy efficiency. These include:

  • Firms recognize the energy paradigm is changing rapidly.
  • Companies are responding by establishing corporate-wide energy efficiency targets.
  • Senior management support is critical in the development and implementation of energy efficiency programs.
  • The most common challenge companies face in pursuing efficiency gains are resource constraints, especially limits on capital.
  • Employee engagement is an effective, but possibly underutilized strategy for improving energy efficiency.
  • Energy efficiency can be a gateway to wider business innovation.

The portal and survey are part of a larger research project that seeks to document and communicate best practices in corporate energy efficiency strategies across the following categories: internal operations, the supply chain, products and services, and cross-cutting issues. The next step of the project is the release of a comprehensive report summarizing our findings at a major conference in Chicago, April 6-7, 2010. The project is funded by a three-year, $1.4 million grant from Toyota.

Business Continues to Rally for Climate Action

While Congress continues to debate health care, the business community this week continued to lead on climate change.  On Tuesday, we joined 6 other  NGOs and 22 companies to launch a new full-page ad supporting comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation.  Fourteen members of our Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) signed on to the ad, which ran in The Washington Post, The NY Times and USA Today.  For several of these companies, this was the first time they have stood up so publicly to support capping carbon.  Other ads from similar coalitions are running in papers all across the country.

I also want to give props to Honeywell for joining the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP).  Honeywell is a $28 billion manufacturer of all types of goods from aerospace to home heating and cooling.  By joining USCAP, they further demonstrate the diversity of industries that are committed to tackling climate change through the Blueprint for Legislative Action

3 Business Council Companies Leave Chamber

Over the past two weeks, three utilities – PG&E, PNM Resources, and Exelon – made public decisions not to renew their membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  These three companies are members of both our Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), as well as the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), of which we are a founding member.  We have been asked a lot recently to comment on the significance of these moves, and whether other companies will follow suit. 

The decision by these companies to exit the chamber is another clear indication that the political dynamic surrounding climate change legislation has changed dramatically in the last several years. No longer can businesses be counted on to march in lockstep opposition to mandatory greenhouse gas legislation. In fact, today the companies involved in USCAP and other progressive business coalitions have emerged as some of the biggest and most effective supporters of comprehensive climate change legislation. Business support was critical in moving climate change to the top of the Congressional agenda, and will likely be the deciding factor in steering legislation to enactment.

While we do not comment on the internal decision-making of the companies with which we partner, in the case of PG&E, PNM Resources, and Exelon, the time had obviously come when the differences between their strong commitment to Congressional action on climate change was irreconcilably at odds with that of the Chamber. In his letter to Tom Donahue, CEO of the Chamber, PG&E CEO Peter Darbee wrote:

“A case in point is the Chamber’s recent much-publicized call to put climate change science ‘on trial.’ We find it dismaying that the Chamber neglects the indisputable fact that a decisive majority of experts have said the data on global warming are compelling and point to a threat that cannot be ignored … To the extent … the Chamber earnestly believes these questions should be heard in a courtroom, let’s recall that the U.S. Supreme Court opined on the threat of climate in a 2007 decision. ‘The harms associated with climate change are serious and well recognized,’ the Court wrote.”

Press Release: Pew Center Marks 10 Years as Leading Voice for Climate Action

Press Release
July 15, 2008

Contact: Tom Steinfeldt, (703) 516-4146

Two New Members Join Business Environmental Leadership Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. – When the Pew Center on Global Climate Change was established in 1998, climate change was largely viewed as a fringe concern. Today, 10 years later, climate change sits atop the list of global issues facing world leaders, and the November election presents new opportunities for climate leadership in Washington. These developments posit a potential turning point for generating the political will necessary for action both globally and domestically.

"For more than a decade, the Pew Center has served as an honest broker in the complex and often controversial debate over climate change,” said Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). "Their message that we can protect the climate and grow the economy has resonated with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. The years of hard work the Pew Center has put into this issue is a major reason why the tide is turning in Congress, and we will soon pass strong legislation that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and addresses the challenge of climate change.”

In the 10 years since the Pew Center's inception, U.S. states and regions have adopted innovative climate strategies, an ever-increasing segment of the business community is calling for reasonable – but mandatory – climate policy for the U.S, and Congress has taken significant steps toward developing such a plan. And internationally, negotiators have established a solid road map toward a comprehensive post-2012 agreement.

"We have seen an enormous amount of progress on this issue in the last decade,” said Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, on the occasion of the organization's 10-year anniversary. "But obviously, much more needs to be done – and the Pew Center remains as committed as ever to providing the information and answers that will lead to real, wide-ranging action to protect the climate.”

Ten years ago, the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) was launched with 13 companies dedicated to climate solutions. While climate change was relevant to the business community 10 years ago, the continued growth of the BELC – now 42 members with over $2 trillion in combined revenue and nearly 4 million employees – reflects the critical importance of climate solutions to today's businesses. Demonstrating a continued commitment to engaging the corporate community, the Pew Center today welcomes two new BELC members – BASF Corporation and Deere & Company.

BASF Corporation is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, the world's largest chemical company.

With more than $90 billion in annual sales globally, BASF is actively engaged in climate protection efforts from the development of innovative technologies and materials to a focus on energy-efficient production.

The German-based business invests more than $600 million annually in its energy efficiency, climate protection, and conservation research. Working in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, plastics, and agriculture products, BASF applies advances in modern chemistry to deliver sustainable products that result in greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Deere & Company is the world's leading provider of advanced products and services for agriculture and forestry and a major provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping and irrigation.

Deere participates in the EPA's Climate Leaders program and is a member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP). USCAP is a coalition of major corporations and nongovernmental organizations, including the Pew Center, that is calling on Congress to pass climate change legislation at the earliest possible date.

In June, the Illinois-based Deere & Company announced plans to further reduce its total global greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent per dollar of revenue from 2005 to 2014. Deere locations worldwide will implement energy-saving projects to meet the target.

"BASF and John Deere reflect the leadership and innovation required to answer the challenges of climate change,” Claussen said. "These two industry leaders join a dedicated group of businesses that, after 10 years, continue to demonstrate a true commitment to implementing effective solutions for their companies, customers, and the climate. I welcome the involvement of BASF and John Deere as we pursue enactment of a sensible, mandatory national climate policy and a new international agreement.”


The Pew Center on Global Climate Change was established as a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization. The Center's mission is to provide credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change.  Highlights of the Center's engagement with decision-makers at the federal, state, and international levels include:

  • Testimony before the U.S. House and Senate on topics ranging from international negotiations, cost-effective policy options, and climate change science;
  • Meetings with top Executive Branch officials and leaders of both political parties in Congress about key federal climate legislation, such as the Lieberman-Warner and McCain-Lieberman bills and the Biden-Lugar resolution;
  • Active involvement with Governors and other top state officials to inform the design of state (e.g., California) and regional (e.g., RGGI) greenhouse gas reduction efforts; and
  • Capitol Hill briefings on climate science, policy approaches, and business efforts.

Working on an issue that is often polarized and politicized, the Pew Center has provided a forum for objective research and analysis and for the development of pragmatic policies and solutions. Today, the Pew Center is a leading voice for sensible action to address the most pressing global environmental challenge of the 21st century.

"Dealing successfully with climate change is the greatest challenge of my generation,” said J. Wayne Leonard, Chairman and CEO of Entergy, a BELC member. "The Pew Center's thoughtful analyses of the science and economics of climate change have helped bridge what was once a sharp divide between business and environmental interests. Their work has helped convince many in the business community that the costs of addressing climate change are far outweighed by the costs of doing nothing. It's a credit to Eileen Claussen and the Pew Center that it's no longer unusual to see business leaders and Boards of Directors step forward and support mandatory national climate policy.”

Convening business leaders to shape solutions.  In 10 years, the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) has become the largest U.S.-based association of companies committed to advancing both policy and business solutions to climate change. The Council started with 13 members and now includes 42 mainly Fortune 500 companies with combined revenue of over $2 trillion and nearly 4 million employees.  In addition, the Pew Center serves as a founding and active member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), an influential business-NGO coalition calling on Congress to establish a mandatory national climate policy.

Producing first-rate information and answers.  Highlighting the broad mix of approaches required to tackle the climate challenge, the Pew Center has produced nearly 100 reports by noted climate experts covering a range of critical topics, including Economics, Environmental Impacts, Policies, and Solutions. The Pew Center's "Climate Change 101” series presents a detailed and accessible introduction to critical subjects, while a wide collection of Briefs and White Papers inform more specific audiences. The Pew Center also regularly appears before Congress and meets with other key stakeholders to share innovative ideas for addressing climate change.

Advancing international solutions.  Internationally, the Pew Center engages closely with leading governments and experts to advance effective options for a new global climate agreement.  In the Center's Climate Dialogue at Pocantico, senior policymakers and stakeholders from 15 countries produced an influential consensus report recommending ways to engage all major economies in the post-2012 effort.  The Center regularly attends the U.N. climate negotiations and has partnered internationally with the World Economic Forum, the Asia Society, and other leading organizations.

Building public awareness of the problem – and solutions.  In addition to keeping policymakers informed, the Pew Center seeks to educate the public through the media about the many complexities of climate change. Pew Center experts have become go-to sources for mainstream newspapers and magazines, and they frequently appear on national TV and radio programs to explain solutions to climate change that already exist, as well as innovations demanding more advanced technologies.


As U.S. leaders move closer to developing a national climate plan and a new global framework for reducing emissions, the Pew Center will continue providing credible, independent information on domestic and international climate policies and solutions.

"The Pew Center has built its reputation over the past 10 years by providing credible information and reasonable answers,” Claussen said. "And we are committed to continuing in this role as the United States finally gets serious about addressing the most urgent global environmental challenge of our time.”

More information about the Pew Center's ongoing initiatives can be found at


The members of the BELC are: ABB; Air Products; Alcoa Inc.; American Electric Power; Bank of America; BASF; Baxter International Inc.; The Boeing Company; BP; California Portland Cement; CH2M HILL; Citi; Cummins Inc.; Deere & Company; Deutsche Telekom; DTE Energy; Duke Energy; DuPont; Entergy; Exelon; GE; Hewlett-Packard Company; Holcim (US) Inc.; IBM; Intel; Interface Inc.; Lockheed Martin; Marsh, Inc.; Novartis; Ontario Power Generation; PG&E Corporation; PNM Resources; Rio Tinto; Rohm and Haas; Royal Dutch/Shell; SC Johnson; Toyota; TransAlta; United Technologies; Weyerhaeuser; Whirlpool Corporation; and Wisconsin Energy Corporation.

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