Resource Efficiency & Sustainability Task Force

The mission of the Resource Efficiency & Sustainability Task Force is to drive efficient and sustainable use of finite resources by enabling technological and business innovation. 

Why:

Global economic growth requires the ever more efficient use of natural resources for the private sector to develop sustainable solutions. This task force advocates for a vigorous dialogue between policymakers, stakeholders, and the private sector to bring effective solutions to the market.


Main Directions for Advocacy:

• Manufacturing
• Global Logistics
• Construction & Urban Development
• Land Use & Agribusiness
• Consumer Goods
• Data Management
• Resource Efficiency Financing


John Hopkins

Business leaders have a responsibility to ensure that the resources they rely on—many of which are finite—are utilized in the most efficient and sustainable manner. Doing so is not only good for business, but it’s good for our communities and our economy. This task force serves as a platform for encouraging the implementation of proven and creative sustainability practices in business, as well as for greater engagement by policymakers who can help enable the innovation required to optimize resource efficiency.

—John Hopkins, Chamber Executive Committee Chairman and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NuScale

Strategy:

 

illustrating the program's engagementPolicy Engagement:

• Advocate for results-oriented policies and performance standards to bolster efficient use of finite resources.
• Advocate for science-based methods of gauging the benefits of resource efficiency.
• Build business’ credibility with international bodies.
• Support U.S. policymakers in their international engagements.
• Urge changes in public spending and accounting rules to incentivize resource efficiency.
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Position Papers:

• Promote resource efficiency solutions in manufacturing, logistics, urban and agricultural use, and finance.
• Develop regional and country-specific recommendations on green growth.

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Public Outreach:

• Support thought leadership of task force members.
• Build issue-based international coalitions.

 

 


Engagement:

Pressure is rising on business to demonstrate sustainable and efficient use of natural resources but is often left out of the discussion. It’s imperative that business has a constant voice in addressing policy-makers on ways to incentivize and reward efficient management of all the finite resources along global supply chains. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is building a group of international companies to establish business approaches to sustainable resource management in major markets. The Chamber has already established a dialogue with the G7, and we will use it to drive a pro-business understanding of resource challenges.

We will advocate for preemptive systemic policies that enable investment and innovation in better management of finite resources.


2020 RESOURCE EFFICIENCY TIMELINE & RELATED EVENTS

Get Involved:



For more information on joining the task force or the initiative, contact:

Gary V. Litman
Vice President, Global Initiatives
GLitman@USChamber.com

Katie Holzman
Associate Manager, International Development
KHolzman@USChamber.com

Recent Activity

Above the FoldJun 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
Colorado River in Austin, Texas

Advancing Environmentally Sustainable International Trade Amid COVID-19

Mohammad Abunayyan, chair of the B20 ESC Taskforce, breaks down the importance of environmentally sustainable trade in the wake of COVID-19.

EventJun 16, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Environmentally Sustainable International Trade in the Wake of COVID-19

The U.S. Chamber’s International Policy Coalition for Sustainable Growth (CSG) is hosting an international event on June 16th with business leaders and government officials focused on advancing an environmentally-sustainable economic growth agenda in the wake of COVID-19.

EventJun 09, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:45am
IMF MD

From Great Lock Down to Great Transformation featuring Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

Join us for a conversation on June 9 from 10:30 am-11:45 am EST with International Monetary Fund Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva for a business community forum on sustainable global recovery.

Issue BriefJun 05, 2020 - 4:30pm

Sustainability and Trade: Recommendations from the U.S. Chamber

Sustainability and TradeAccording to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and OECD  global trade in environmental goods exceeds $1 trillion annually.

EventMay 28, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Resilient Ecosystems Policies and the Business of Biodiversity

The International Policy Coalition for Sustainable Growth will host a virtual policy consultation featuring the OECD's Biodiversity Working Party, One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B), and Bayer to discuss what international policies are needed to support business investment in biodiversity and resilient ecosystems.  Speakers: 

EventNov 11, 2019 - 8:15am to Nov 12, 2019 - 1:15pm
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International Dialogue on Sustainable Resources in Brasilia, Brazil

On 11 November 2019, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Sustainability Task Force successfully launched a series of International Dialogues on Sustainable Resources in Brasilia with the Brazilian Ministry of Environment.

ReportOct 17, 2019 - 8:45am

Roadmap for the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue

The G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue (hereinafter “the G20 RE Dialogue”) developed this Roadmap to promote its activities more effectively.

ReportSep 20, 2019 - 1:15pm

G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting 2019 Ministerial Declaration

We, the Ministers of Labour and Employment of G20 members and invited countries, met in Matsuyama, Japan on 1-2 September 2019 to discuss global developments with respect to employment, and progress on our previous commitments, and agree on policy prioritiesto address demographic change, new forms of work, and global efforts to realize gender equality.

EventSep 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to Sep 20, 2019 - 3:00am
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Ministerial Roundtable featuring Brazilian Minister of Environment Ricardo Salles

Brazil's Minister of Environment Ricardo Salles visited the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to discuss the country’s environmental framework and opportunities for international collaboration.