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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- American Energy: Cleaner, StrongerAmerican Energy: Cleaner, Stronger promotes a national energy agenda that drives innovation, lowers emissions and fosters economic growth. As part of GEI’s new initiative, we will highlight the technologies, people and companies that make investments in our nation’s energy sector that spur continued economic growth and environmental progress.
- EnergyInnovates Event SeriesAmerica’s rise to a global energy superpower has been driven by constant advancements in technology and innovation. EnergyInnovates is a multi-platform initiative that showcases American innovators, projects and technologies that have shaped today’s energy landscape—and are laying the groundwork for the future.
- Conquering CarbonClimate change is one of the biggest challenges facing society today. And the business community is taking action to address this challenge in ways that improve environmental performance, strengthen their businesses, and meet the expectations of the communities where they operate.
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.
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.
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.
- Nov 19, 20214 Takeaways from the UN COP26 Climate Conference A focus on nuclear energy, methane, and other key issues for business leaders to know about following the UN COP26 Climate Conference.
- Nov 10, 2021Phasing Down HFCs and Cracking Down on Illegal Trade is Critical to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions The U.S. will take to steps to detect and prevent the illegal trade in HFCs.
- Nov 03, 2021Here’s What’s Happening at the UN Climate Conference Chamber experts are on the ground in Glasgow tracking announcements, updates, and developments at COP26.
- Oct 28, 2021What to Expect from the UN Climate Change Conference Business, government, and environmental leaders from all over the world will meet in Glasgow, Scotland, next week for this year’s UN Climate Change conference. Here’s what they’ll be talking about.
- Oct 20, 20214 Climate Innovations Led By Business Businesses are investing in blue hydrogen, direct air capture, and other climate technologies to build a more sustainable future.
- Sep 01, 2021U.S. Chamber Outlines Border Carbon Adjustment Principles One of the primary challenges in any policy effort to reduce emissions is containing and accounting for the potential movement of emissions intensive industries and companies to markets without similar restrictions. If one nation or group of nations enacts policies to reduce emissions, emissions progress can be undermined if industry simply moves to another nation to avoid the higher costs of operating in a carbon constrained environment.
- Jul 21, 2021U.S. Chamber Letter on Climate and the Clean Electricity Standard This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committees on Environment and Public Works, Energy and Natural Resources, and Finance; and the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, on climate issues and the Clean Electricity Standard (CES).
- May 12, 2021U.S. Chamber Letter on a Markup in the House Financial Services Committee This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the House Financial Services Committee, on a markup the committee is holding on May 12.
- Apr 29, 2021Carbon Negative, Water Positive, Zero Waste: Inside Microsoft’s New 10-Year Plan Microsoft is minimizing the impact of its operations, while maximizing positive impacts from its own climate-focused tech tools.
- Apr 09, 2021U.S. Chamber Letter on Energy Act of 2020 Innovation Programs This letter was sent to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations calling for sufficient funding for Energy Act of 2020 innovation programs.