CLIMATE & ENERGY
Global temperature has been on the rise, with the first decade of the 21st century the warmest on record. Overwhelmingly, scientists agree that man-made climate change is occurring. Climate events are indisputably more frequent, more severe and more destructive. Yet many policymakers have avoided meaningful action to reverse these effects, sometimes claiming that addressing climate change would hamper businesses and the economy. The opposite is true.
American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and the 250,000 responsible companies we represent, strongly oppose continued extractive oil and gas activities, as these accelerate carbon dislocation in our atmosphere and further the damage of climate change. The danger is heightened when continued drilling and transport of oil and gas reserves are inflicted on environmentally important, fragile regions like the Arctic Refuge.
In the face of the urgent need to address climate change across all sectors at the scale and pace that the science says is necessary to mitigate the worst consequences, we need to address the ongoing support from the financial sector, including insurance companies, to fossil fuels.
Every business is also an insurance customer and an important voice on this issue.
The Green New Deal offers an historic opportunity to combine the strengths of private industry and government to solve critical problems and put us on the path toward a sustainable economy. We can address climate change, restore America’s broad prosperity and improve quality of life for the 21st century and beyond. But it will take public-private collaboration of the magnitude of our successful past. Join other responsible business leaders to support the goals of the Green New Deal.
A price on carbon is the most efficient, business-friendly way to mitigate climate change. It will reduce emissions, create competition in the energy market, spur innovation, and create jobs. Businesses support pricing carbon because it provides the ﬂexibility to adapt over time and plan for ﬁxed costs.
Join our growing coalition of businesses demanding a price on carbon.
The White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is proposing changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposal would weaken the bedrock environmental law and greatly increase the risk of oil spills and other environmental disasters and hasten the onset of climate change. For more information, read ASBC’s full press release on the NEPA rule change.
Most products are brought to market in packaging that is excessive, unsustainable or both. Globally, nationally and locally, packaging waste causes enormous environmental damage, and good disposal solutions are not widely implemented. As business is the source of most product packaging, it is best positioned to advance more sustainable packaging policies. ASBC’s Reduce Packaging Waste campaign offers a way to gather business leaders’ practical insights and collaborate with policymakers to develop packaging waste reduction policies that make sense.
As the risks of climate change become clearer, the need grows for comprehensive action to cut carbon pollution. By far the simplest and most effective action we can take is to institute a statewide carbon tax.
Join our growing coalition of state-based businesses demanding a price on carbon.
Despite the Administration’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, businesses, state and local governments, and other institutions are moving forward. In 2016, thousands of mayors, governors, businesses of all sizes, colleges and universities, and institutions signed the pledge to say they were still committed to fighting climate change and driving down carbon pollution.
Making the Business Case
These reports contain clear and compelling business and economic benefits exist for our policy positions. In fact, most of our policy positions include ones that have been painted by others as bad for business. These documents can be used to help educate policymakers and others about how policies based on sustainable principles can be good for all stakeholders, including the planet.