The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) – a coalition of companies and associations from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors – joins the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) hosted in Katowice, Poland, to show how the progress of clean energy can power greater country ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience through the transformation of the energy sector.
BCSE at COP 24 Resources
- Read more about BCSE's View on Powering Action at COP 24
- Case Studies: Clean Energy in Action
- BCSE COP 24 Delegation
- Download BCSE's Event Schedule at COP 24
- BCSE Media
- BCSE Commends Adoption of the Paris Agreement Rulebook, Urges Increased Ambition and Accelerated Pace of Climate Action (December 16, 2018)
- BCSE in the News - Green Tech Media: COP24: Clean Energy Highlights From the First Week of Climate Talks in Poland (December 8, 2018)
- COP 24 Press Conference Media Advisory (December 7, 2018)
- Industry Delegation to Promote American Clean Energy Solutions at U.N. Climate Change Conference (December 3, 2018)
BCSE Events at COP 24
Cities & Private Sector Together Leading the Way to Zero Carbon Buildings
Friday, December 7, 14:00 – 15:00 CET
Hosted with the U.S. Green Building Council
U.S. Climate Action Center, Area E, Level 0, Space #36
Watch live webcast and learn more at We Are Still In at COP 24
BCSE Press Conference: Powering Action: Clean Energy Solutions for COP 24
Friday December 7, 17:30 - 18:00 CET
Press Conference Room Katowice, Area F, Level 0, Space #11
Watch live webcast or on demand at UNFCCC website.
Powering Ambition: Energy & Technology Solutions To Build Low-Carbon Economies
Saturday, December 8, 11:30—13:00 CET
Room Wisla, Area G, Level 0, Space #6
Watch live webcast at UNFCCC website.
Why Companies Should Care about the Paris Rulebook
Saturday, December 8, 15:30 – 16:30 CET
U.S. Climate Action Center, Area E, Level 0, Space #36
Watch live webcast and learn more at We Are Still In at COP 24.
BCSE in Action at COP 24
US Climate Action Center Side Event: Why Companies Should Care About the Paris Rulebook
December 8, 2018 | At the US Climate Action Center today the BCSE chaired a discussion that drew out why companies are participating here in Katowice, and more specifically, why the negotiations to define the Paris Agreement Rulebook matters. The “why” includes important topics such as transparency, accounting systems, how to accelerate commitments to reduce emissions, the role of market-based mechanisms, among others. Joining the panel discussion was Mary Grady, American Carbon Registry; Tod Delaney, First Environment; and Ashley Allen, Mars, Inc.
Highlights of the discussion include:
- Paris Rulebook matters because it sets the “rules of the road” in terms of climate ambition and action, and companies can utilize the roadmaps of nationally-determined contributions to determine overlap and areas for synergies, and to address climate change across their supply chains.
- New ISO standards on mitigation, adaptation, green bonds and radiative forcing are setting common standards by that all UNFCCC countries can take advantage of.
- Under Article 6 – Cooperation under Article 6 has economic and emissions reduction benefits. Crucial item is to avoid double counting, with international aviation carbon offsets program and the voluntary carbon market.
COP 24 Side Event: Powering Action: Energy & Technology Solutions to Power Low Carbon Economies
December 8, 2018 | Betrand Piccard, CEO of the Solar Impulse Foundation kicked off the joint BCSE, Alliance to Save Energy, Corn Refiners Association and US Green Building Council side event with equally pragmatic and inspirational remarks. He introduced his new program #1000Solutions that works to identify clean, efficient and profitable technology solutions that protect the environment and improve life of people. The aim is to certify these innovative technologies and bring them to government decision-makers, in order to achieve immediate efficiencies and emissions reductions. BCSE members highlighted their programs and technologies that are advancing climate action, including the Alliance to Save Energy's 50 x 50 Transportation Initiative, USGBC's LEED Zero certification, Corn Refiners Association's menu of advanced bioproducts, Mars, Inc.'s Renewable Thermal Collaborative, and Jupiter Oxygen's advanced carbon capture and storage technologies. A video of the full event is available here, and the presentation is available here.
BCSE Press Conference Highlights Members' Climate Actions
December 7, 2018 | BCSE hosted a press conference on Friday, December 7, to highlight members' climate actions and share the BCSE's paper, Powering Action: Clean Energy Solutions for COP 24. Representatives of Mars, Inc., US Green Building Council, First Environment, American Carbon Registry, Alliance to Save Energy, and Jupiter Oxygen shared how their companies and organizations are working to enhance climate ambition and increase deployment of energy efficiency and clean energy technologies. Highlights included:
- Mars, Inc.'s goal to be 100% renewable in 11 countries by the end of the year
- US Green Building Council's new LEED Zero program to measure buildings' carbon budgets
- First Environment's work to create new ISO technical standards on mitigation and adaptation
- American Carbon Registry's processes and methodologies to improve carbon markets
- Alliance to Save Energy's 50 x 50 Transportation Commission to reduce that sector's emissions
- Jupiter Oxygen's advanced CCUS technologies that offer high emission reduction potential
Watch the webcast here.
USGBC Speaks on Decarbonizing Cities and Communities Side Event
December 5, 2018 | The US Green Building Council participated on a panel today on “Decarbonizing Cities and Communities Through Distributed Energy Resources and Energy Transition” hosted by the Renewable Energy Institute of Japan and the Delta Electronic Foundation of Taiwan. The side event focused on relevant urban policies and practices that facilitate decarbonization and resilience in the building and the transport sector. USGBC described its new LEED Zero program, which will layer over the existing LEED program to look at a building's carbon balance. Slides are available here.
BCSE Signs Katowice Declaration on Sound Carbon Accounting: Avoiding Double Counting in Carbon Markets
December 5, 2018 | The BCSE signed onto the Katowice Declaration on Sound Carbon Accounting: Avoiding Double Counting in Carbon Markets, which was released today by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and 40 partners in total. The declaration calls for countries to adopt robust rules to avoid double counting of emissions reductions under the Paris Agreement with developments underway at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) on the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).
Visit the BCSE UNFCCC Exhibit at COP 24
BCSE Leads US Business Delegation to COP 24
November 30, 2018 | Beginning next week, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy will lead a delegation of US businesses and organizations to the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as COP 24. BCSE has led similar delegations to international climate meetings for the past 26 years. This year, COP 24 will be held in Katowice, Poland. The implementing guidance for the Paris Agreement, the "Paris Rulebook" will be on the top of the agenda for this meeting, and BCSE's events will focus on the case for increasing climate action through the deployment of clean energy technologies and resources.
Follow this page and @BCSECleanEnergy for updates on the COP and BCSE member activities and climate commitments.
BCSE Member Climate Commitments
New International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standards
December 10, 2018 | Formed in 2014, the ISO Climate Chance Committee Task Force is responsible for leading reviews of existing ISO deliverables concerning climate change adaptation and mitigation in order to identify gaps and create a road map for future actions. First Environment's Tod Delaney is working as part of this Task Force. The group also aims to identify and implement collaboration with key international organizations (such as UNFCCC) to collect input, develop joint projects and initiatives, raise awareness, and promote participation of stakeholders in international development and implementation.
Also currently under development, ISO 14082 – Guidance for the Quantification and Reporting of Radiative Forcing-Based Climate Footprints and Mitigation Efforts will identify radiative forcing (RF) management climate stabilization principles and requirements based on climate science and methods from the Fifth IPCC Assessment Report. This document will also provide governments and companies with guidance on validation and verification of RF-based climate footprints and mitigation efforts. Utilizing RF-based climate accounting allows consideration of a broader range of climate change factors, such as black carbon and tropospheric ozone, to provide a more complete picture of an entity’s contribution to long-term climate change. For more information, contact First Environment.
Ingersoll Rand Achieves 2020 Efficiency Goal and Advances Climate Commitment
December 3, 2018 | In 2014, Ingersoll Rand publicly committed to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) related to its operations and products. Over the past four years, it has reduced GHG emissions associated with operations by 37 percent - surpassing its goal two years early. The company achieved its commitment to reduce its own GHG footprint by focusing on four areas: energy reduction, optimization of refrigerant charging, upgrading its fleet to improve gas mileage, and renewable energy. With this commitment now achieved, Ingersoll Rand continues to strive for better and faster ways to reduce its impact on the environment and aims to develop a next set of goals in the coming year.
U.S. Green Building Council Announces Net Zero Certification Program
September 14, 2018 | The U.S. Green Building Council announced its new Net Zero certification program at the Net Zero Conference this week. The program will include net zero carbon emissions certification, supporting Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment launched by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) as part of the Global Climate Action Summit. USGBC’s certification is based on performance data from operating buildings, and includes scope 1, scope 2, and partial scope 3 building-related emissions, building on the global success of the LEED program. Learn more here.
New Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment Launched
September 13, 2018 | Today, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) officially launched its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment as part of the Global Climate Action Summit, celebrating 38 founding signatories. In an unprecedented statement of coordinated action from business and cities, states and regions, the 38 signatories, made up of 12 businesses, 22 cities and four states and regions, gathered at a dedicated session to signal the start of a leadership movement towards a decarbonised built environment. Businesses across the world representing US$ 22.95 billion in revenue throughout the building and construction supply chain, have set ambitious targets to eliminate operational carbon emissions from their building portfolios of over 10.7 million square meters by 2030. This will create a wider market transformation to enable net zero carbon buildings by 2050. Read the press release.
New Leadership Platform Aims to Strengthen Resilience in Supply Chain
September 13, 2018 | Mars, Inccorporated joined the Coca-Cola Company and BSR to announce a new platform today, the Climate-Resilient Value Chains Leaders, at the Global Climate Action Summit. These corporations believe the initiative will improve the ability of businesses to monitor and diagnose climate risk throughout supply chains. “Supply chains, the engines of global growth, are broken,” said Barry Parkin, Chief Sustainability and Procurement Officer, Mars Incorporated. “To fix them, we must shift to long-term models for corporate buying that are anchored on building mutuality, reliability, resilience, and risk management into the core of our buying patterns.” Read the press release.
Signify Announces New Commitments at WASI Forum
September 12, 2018 | Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs at Signify, announced three new commitments at the We Are Still In (WASI) forum today at the Global Climate Action Summit. They include commitments to: set a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with keeping the global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius; to owning, managing, renting or developing buildings that are net zero carbon in operation by 2030 through the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (NZCB); and to zero-emissions vehicle fleets through EV100 by 2030.
Schneider Electric Announces We Are Still In Pledge
September 12, 2018 | Today, Barry Coflan, Chief Technology Officer, Schneider Electric, announced the company's We are Still in pledge at the GCAS summit in San Francisco. The pledge aligns with Schneider's core belief in balancing their carbon footprint with the Human right to quality energy. Schneider Electric is committed to both purchasing 100 percent renewable energy (RE100) and doubling their energy productivity by 2030 (EP100). These commitments affect 200 SE facilities across the globe. Schneider Electric is also committing $10 billion to research and development on sustainability products for their customers.
Johnson Controls Makes New Commitment to Setting Science-Based Targets
September 12, 2018 | Johnson Controls announced a new corporate commitment to set science-based targets at the We Are Still In Forum. Johnson Controls will join nearly 500 other large corporations in committing to adopt a science-based emissions reduction target at the Global Climate Action Summit. This commitment is in addition to their existing We Mean Business Coalition commitments of doubling energy productivity (EP100), reducing short-lived climate pollutant emissions and practicing responsible corporate engagement in climate policy. Since 2002, Johnson Controls has reduced its greenhouse gas intensity by 42% and increased its energy productivity by 90%, saving over $100M in annual energy costs. In addition to reducing its internal emissions footprint, the company has also committed to reducing climate impacts through its products and services including saving over 26M metric tons of greenhouse emissions from its performance contracting project for customers in North America since 2000.