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International Policy


The Council’s international policy program engages bi-lateral and multi-lateral efforts to create enabling environments needed to establish and grow market demand for U.S. commercially-available clean energy technologies.

Advocacy Work

The Council represents the interests of U.S. clean energy companies and provides members with access to key government leaders under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD). The BCSE is an accredited observer to both the UNFCCC and CSD negotiations, and leads a delegation of clean energy executives to the annual UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP).  Learn more about the Council’s recent participation here:

In the United States, the Council also works with the federal government to monitor and contribute to national discussions, programs and legislative efforts to promote U.S. clean energy exports, clean technology financing options and to participate in other bi-lateral and multi-lateral cooperative efforts.

The Council also monitors and engages other international initiatives, including  the Clean Energy Ministerial, the Green Climate Fund, the Clean Technology Fund at the World Bank, the Climate Technology Center & Network as well as other technology promotion and financing opportunities for Council members.

International Policy Committee

The International Policy Committee (IPC) meets every four to six weeks to discuss programmatic efforts and the latest policy developments. For more information, please contact Laura Tierney at the Council or see Policy Recommendations and Public Statements, International Policy.

International Council for Sustainable Energy

The International Council for Sustainable Energy (ICSE) is an alliance of the Clean Energy Council of Australia, the European Business Council for Sustainable Energy (e5) and the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Energy.  These organizations have been partners since 1992, and the formal alliance was launched in December 2007 at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia.

The mission of the ICSE is to provide a cohesive and credible voice for the global sustainable energy industry in international climate change and sustainable development forums.  The ICSE represents more than 500 companies with a commercial interest in the expansion of global sustainable energy markets. These companies are active in investing substantial capital to meet the intersecting challenges of climate change, energy security and access to clean energy.

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