France to ban oil, gas output on home soil in symbolic step

by Sylvie Corbet, AP News PARIS (AP) — France’s government has unveiled a law to ban all production and exploration of oil and natural gas by 2040 on the country’s mainland and overseas territories. The move is largely symbolic, however, as France’s oil and gas production represents just 1 percent of national consumption — the rest […]

Steel Winds wind farm in Lackawanna, N.Y

States are using social cost of carbon in energy decisions

by Peter Fairly, InsideClimate News The social cost of carbon was an arcane but important tool in the federal climate toolbox until President Donald Trump targeted it in his sweeping March 2017 executive order to weaken climate actions. Now, states are taking up the metric. Policymakers and regulators in several states, including New York, Minnesota, […]

Carbon Emitters

Scrapping climate protections would erase $300 billion in benefits, study finds

by Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News The Trump administration has been systematically dismantling the nation’s climate change regulations, often claiming a high cost of compliance as justification. But a new study says keeping those rules would actually savenearly $300 billion a year by 2030. “That just gives you a sense of the scale of the impact […]

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Corporate clean energy: Not just for Google and Apple anymore

by Katie Fehrenbacher, Greentech Media Some of the first companies in the U.S. to commit to buying clean energy were internet giants, including Google and Apple, which were worried about the massive energy needs of their data centers in coal country. But today, more and more companies across a number of sectors are opting to […]

The Business of Local Energy Symposium – A Smashing Success

Last Friday, May 5, about 400 people including elected officials and energy professionals gathered in Long Beach for the Center for Climate Protection’s third annual Business of Local Energy symposium. Deputy Director Barry Vesser was the symposium’s architect. Co-organizers were the Local Government Commission and the Local Government Sustainability and Energy Coalition. Attendees heard 56 […]

Center for Climate Protection partners with MCE and others for building efficiency optimization project

California Energy Commission “Local Government Challenge Grant” project receives highest score in its category On April 11th the Center received news that it had been awarded, along with its Project partners, $1.7M in funding for a project that will help the state achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals and that aims to develop a replicable model […]

Report: US sustainability sector adds up to a million jobs inside five years

by New study reveals wind and solar sectors are growing their workforce at rate 12 times faster than the rest of the US economy President Trump’s assault on environmental policies could have a significant impact on US employment, according to a new report detailing how the American green jobs market has expanded rapidly in […]

Hundreds of U.S. Businesses Urge Trump to Uphold Paris Climate Deal

By Merrit Kennedy, NPR Hundreds of businesses such as Starbucks, General Mills and Hewlett Packard are asking President-elect Donald Trump to follow through on U.S. commitments to combat climate change. They argue it’s good for business. Trump has threatened to scrap the Paris agreement and invest in the “low carbon economy at home and abroad.” […]

We help drive the clean energy economy forward

The Center for Climate Protection (CCP) developed the Business for Clean Energy (BCE) program six years ago because we believe that business drives innovation and can play a crucial role in helping to address the climate crisis. The BCE program provides a network and resources to support our members in incorporating sustainability into their businesses […]

Ygrene: A Homegrown Energy Solution with Nationwide Impact

(First printed in the North Bay Business Journal – July 25, 2016) According to Stacey Lawson, CEO of Ygrene Energy Fund, the property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing program is poised for takeoff, and Ygrene is positioned to serve a large part of that market. The YgreneWorks PACE program allows residents to finance energy efficiency […]