Climate Change: The Path Forward
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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Engaging on the global stage
American innovation at home
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.
In Corvallis, Oregon, NuScale has developed unprecedentedly safe, small and economical nuclear power generation units called small modular reactors.
Climate leadership highlights
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce engaged leading businesses from across the country to highlight examples of companies taking action. This collection shows some of the themes and trends emerging and demonstrates the business community’s leadership and impact related to climate.
The Path Forward
Government agencies have a critical role to play
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 our national laboratories and invest in the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program.
The Chamber works closely with our nation’s lawmakers to facilitate durable, bipartisan approaches to combating climate change.
We cannot solve this issue unilaterally. The U.S. Chamber supports U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement and is an official observer to the United Nations climate talks. 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.
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.
Updates and announcements leading up to the 2023 conference
The U.S. Chamber represented the private sector at the COP27 conference in Egypt and worked to convey the important role of business in implementing climate solutions.
The U.S. Chamber will send our largest-ever delegation to the COP 27 conference in Egypt this month to demonstrate the business community's commitment to combatting climate change.
Two recent events, New York’s Climate Week and the Global Clean Energy Ministerial highlight the importance of public-private partnerships needed to meet ambitious global climate goals.
Investments, policies, and programs focused on resilience and pre-disaster mitigation offer an opportunity for a more comprehensive and strategic approach to safeguarding communities across the nation.
While we work to remove the harmful provisions from the latest version of the Reconciliation Bill, it is worth noting that there are parts of the bill that will advance progress on climate and energy security.
Through its extensive aluminum recycling operations, Novelis is establishing circular economies for aluminum, a material that is infinitely recyclable.
In response to President Biden’s plans to combat high gas prices, U.S. Chamber Global Energy Institute President Marty Durbin issued the following statement.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce submits the following comments in response to the October 15, 2021, Notice of Availability and Request for Comment on the “Federal Acquisition Regulation – Minimizing the Risk of Climate Change in Federal Acquisitions” (“Notice”) published by the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“FAR Council” or “Agencies”).
A focus on nuclear energy, methane, and other key issues for business leaders to know about following the UN COP26 Climate Conference.