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
• Health & Human Capital
• Construction & Urban Development
• Land Use & Agribusiness
• Consumer Goods
• Data Management
• Resource Efficiency Financing


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:

Policy 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.

Position Papers:

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

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.


2018-2019 RESOURCE EFFICIENCY TIMELINE & RELATED EVENTS

October

October 04-05, 2018 :: B20 Argentina Summit, Buenos Aires
October 12-14, 2018 :: WB & IMF Annual Meetings, Bali Nusa Dua 
October 22-24, 2018 :: World Circular Economy Forum 2018, Yokohama 
October 22-26, 2018 :: GBC Speakers Contribution 
October 22-26, 2018 (tbc) :: GBC HL Statement on Resource Efficiency
October 23-26, 2018 :: 23rd Meeting of IRP Panel, Yokohama

November

November 27-29, 2018 :: OECD: Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum, Paris
November 30-Dec 01, 2018 ::G20 Argentina Summit, Buenos Aires 

December

December 03-14, 2018 :: UNFCCC: COP 24, Katowice

2019

Jan 22-25, 2019 :: WEF Annual Meeting, Davos-Klosters
2019 (tbc) :: GBC Plenary Meeting, India, 1st Trimester
2019 (tbc) ::GBC Special Event, India, 1st Trimester 
2019 (tbc) :: CII Partnership Summit, India, 1st Trimester
February 24-27, 2019 :: World Resources Forum 2019, Antwerp
March 11-15, 2019 :: 4th UN Environment Assembly, Nairobi
March 14-15, 2019 :: B20 Japan Summit, Japan 
April 12-14, 2019 :: WB & IMF Spring Meetings, Washington D.C. 
June 28-29, 2019 :: G20 Japan Summit, Osaka
Beginning of Jul, 2019 :: B7 France Summit
Beginning of Jul, 2019 :: GBC Special Event, France
September 2019 (tbc) :: G7 France

 

Download the schedule


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

Sep 12, 2018 - 4:00pm
Forest in Millsfield, NH.

Business Community Leadership is Critical for a Healthy Environment

Companies are increasingly aware of the need to compete based on the efficiency of their resource use.