In 2019, US carbon dioxide emissions decreased about 2% following an increase of 3.4% the year before. Market forces, not political action, are responsible and largely due to the decline in coal. 

The corporate world is aware of the costs of climate climate and they are aware of what needs, basically, to be done: slash carbon in energy-intensive industries and in operations, transportation, and buildings; buy lots of renewable energy; reduce waste, particularly in critical sectors such as food and agriculture; expand the use of circular business models that minimize resource use; embed climate change metrics in corporate systems and key performance indicators.

Additionally, they need to use their considerable power to influence policy particularly in relation to a federal carbon tax. They need to empower suppliers, customers and employees to drive change, and they need to rethink their investments and business models to eliminate waste and carbon throughout the economy.

 

6 THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY
TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

PUT A PRICE ON CARBON

More than 1,200 global companies are adopting carbon pricing. Microsoft instituted their fee on carbon in 2012 and has since reduced emissions by more than 9.6 million metric tons.
More here: WASHINGTON POST

SHIFT TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES

The transport sector accounts for 23% of gas emissions, and businesses own over half of all vehicles on the road. Lead the transition to electric.
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CREATE SOLAR POWER PERKS

The Solar Community Initiative program works with corporations to provide discounts to employees on home solar. Expand your company benefits and perks to encourage climate conscious incentives.
More here: NEW YORK TIMES

DIVERT SUPPORT FROM FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES

The San Francisco-based Bank of the West is withdrawing support for companies and business activities that are “detrimental to our environment and our health.” Instead, invest time and energy where it will have positive impacts.
More here: DENVER POST

SET SCIENCE BASED TARGETS

440 companies are taking science-based climate action and 122 companies have approved science-based targets. Make a commitment now.
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PREPARE, IT'S CHEAPER THAN RECOVERING

Studies show that for every US $1 spent to mitigate risks, US $4 is saved on recovery costs. Time to assess climate risks and plan.
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KEY RESOURCES

CDP

CDP has been putting critical environmental data at the heart of business decisions since 2002. Their latest report, based upon the growing demand for climate-related information was released in 2018. Understanding that inadequate information can…

MORE WAYS TO TAKE ACTION

Develop a project

Established in 2003 by WWF, Gold Standard sets the benchmark for climate initiatives which move us towards meeting the ambition of the Paris Agreement and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). They certify projects…

Measure, manage, disclose

Better disclosure leads to greater action. CDP and Climate Disclosure Standards Board help companies set and reach climate goals by facilitating data measurement.

Say it with a logo

Budweiser’s 100% renewable electricity symbol aims to start conversations about climate change. And, they are encouraging other brands to use the symbol on any product made using 100% renewable electricity.