We stand with every American seeking a cleaner, stronger environment—for today and tomorrow.

 

Our climate is changing and humans are contributing to these changes. Inaction is simply not an option.

Combating climate change will require citizens, government, and business to work together. American businesses play a vital role in creating innovative solutions to protect our planet.

A challenge of this magnitude requires collaboration, not confrontation, to advance the best ideas and policies. Together, we can forge solutions that improve our environment and grow our economy—leaving the world better for generations to come.

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We support a market-based approach to accelerate greenhouse gas emissions reductions across the U.S. economy. 
Martin Durbin
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Businesses from a variety of sectors are leading the way in reducing carbon emissions.

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Improving lifeline infrastructure is necessary for companies and communities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chuck Chaitovitz

American Businesses Are Developing Innovative Solutions to Combat Climate Change

The business community is investing billions of dollars to create new technologies that use less energy and make the energy we do use cleaner.

Check out the stories and videos below on American innovation in action.

Government Agencies Have a Critical Role to Play Too

Combating climate change requires strategic government support – including robust federal programs that help companies develop and adopt commercially viable clean energy technologies.

To fuel the innovation pipeline, we must:

  • Increase funding for important programs at our national laboratories.

  • Invest in the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program.

Congress Must Take Bipartisan Action

 

While the American business community is investing billions in the research, development and deployment of cutting-edge technologies, the federal government plays a critical complementary role in the foundational policies necessary to accelerate private sector efforts.

Recognizing this, the Chamber works closely with our nation’s lawmakers to facilitate durable, bipartisan approaches to combating climate change. The Chamber led efforts to pass the most significant climate and energy legislation in over a decade, which culminated in successful enactment of the Energy Act of 2020, a comprehensive package including dozens of individual bills that were advanced with Chamber input and support.

This legislation promotes government policies that enable the public-private sector collaboration needed to facilitate the game-changing breakthroughs of tomorrow. Notably, it accelerates the commercialization and deployment of the new technologies related to energy storage, next-generation nuclear, advanced renewables, and carbon capture utilization and storage, and updates policies that increase federal investment in R&D and expand public-private coordination.

In addition, the Chamber played a leading role in facilitating passage of an historic agreement to phase out climate-warming hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) with more environmentally-friendly technologies, in accordance with the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

Now, in the 117th Congress, we will look to build upon these successes to ensure that the programs and policies supported in the Energy Act of 2020 are appropriately funded and managed. In addition, as noted in the Chamber’s Approach to Climate Change, we believe that durable climate policy must be made by Congress. We support solutions including a market-based approach to accelerate GHG emissions reductions across the U.S. economy.

Global Cooperation will be Key

Climate change is a global challenge. We cannot solve this issue unilaterally.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement and is an official observer to the United Nations climate talks. We provide technical expertise and policy advice that only the business community can provide.

We’re working with business groups and many other stakeholders around the world to ensure that the voice of business is heard on a range of issues – from technology cooperation and intellectual property to trade policy and supply chains.

Convening. Learning. Advocating.

As part of our ongoing dialogue with members across every industry, the U.S. Chamber has launched a Member Task Force on Climate Action to help us better understand the range of mechanisms, innovations, and internal processes that businesses are employing to tackle climate change.

What we learn will help inform our approach to legislation and other policy proposals. The task force will be open to all Chamber member companies, state and local chambers, and member trade associations. Learn more.

We're in this together.