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.

Climate & Energy

Now is the time to invest in climate-friendly technology and infrastructure that will create jobs and improve the environment.

Martin Durbin
Gas Works Park, Seattle, WA.

Businesses from a variety of sectors are leading the way in reducing carbon emissions.

U.S. Chamber Staff
Infrastructure, Truck

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, our nation’s lawmakers have an important role to play in combating climate change — and bipartisan collaboration is the best path forward.

We support government policies that enable the public-private sector collaboration needed to facilitate the game-changing breakthroughs of tomorrow. Our current policy priorities include:

  • American Energy Innovation ActStimulate the development, demonstration, and deployment of a broad suite of next-generation energy technologies including advanced nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric energy sources, carbon capture utilization and sequestration, and advanced battery and energy storage technologies, among others. 
     
  • Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation ActAccelerate the commercialization and deployment of the new technologies related to energy storage, next-generation nuclear, advanced renewables, and carbon capture utilization and storage, and update policies that increase federal investment in R&D and expand public-private collaboration.

  • The American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2019: Replace hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) with more environmentally-friendly technologies in accordance with the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

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.