International Policy Program
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.
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) in November/December. At these international conferences, the Council works with its sister organizations and the International Council for Sustainable Energy to bring the voice of clean energy businesses to the negotiations.
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.
A Multi-lateral Climate Change Agreement
The Council’s international efforts promote clean energy technology solutions in the international climate change policy dialogue, and support the negotiations for a multi-lateral framework to address climate change. As countries begin to negotiate the framework for a post-2020 international climate regime by 2015, the Council and its members will work with governments to:
- Launch the Climate Technology Center & Network (CTC&N) and create channels for private sector participation. The Center can showcase how enabling policy frameworks can help build a market and incentivize action to improve energy efficiency and integrate low-carbon and renewable energy sources.
- Recognize the critical role innovation plays in developing the next generation of climate solution technologies and the importance of ensuring enabling environments to facilitate that innovation.
- Encourage the Green Climate Fund to take an innovative approach to financing climate solutions and incorporate private sector experience into its design, governance and operation.
- Activate partnerships with the private sector for adaptation to assist local policy-makers, who are increasingly challenged by extreme weather events and a changing climate.
- Build upon efforts to price carbon in markets around the world, ensure fungibility and clear accounting practices, and include new market mechanisms.
- Utilize private sector expertise in reporting, verifying and monitoring actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to build transparency and strengthen trust as negotiations begin for a new regime.
Other Program Areas
The Council also monitors and engages other international initiatives, including the Major Economies Forum, the Clean Energy Ministerial, the Clean Technology Fund at the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation’s carbon financing program, as well as other technology promotion and financing opportunities for Council members.
International Policy Committee
The International Policy Committee’s Climate Change Task Force meets every four to six weeks to discuss programmatic efforts and latest policy developments. For more information, please contact Laura Tierney at the Council or see Policy Recommendations and Public Statements.