U.S. Clean Energy Businesses to Advocate for Policies and Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Description/achievement of initiative

Countries, states, communities will have in place policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the use of clean energy technologies in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural gas sectors. There will be increased understanding among policy-makers in the U.S. and abroad on the value of market-based solutions and clean energy technologies as a means to cost-effectively meet our climate change objectives, both on mitigation and adaptation. The Council will deliver this work with the aim of being carbon neutral, and will offset its emissions as needed.

Implementation methodologies

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy represents companies and trade associations in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural gas sectors in the United States. The Council, established in 1992 after the first Earth Summit, commits to continue to advocate for policies and actions at all levels of government: local, state, regional and national in the United States and international arenas that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a suite of complementary policies and use of market-based mechanisms to provide financing and strengthen sustainability of programs.

Under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Council will work with international delegates to adopt an integrated approach to tackle both mitigation and adaptation challenges and plan for a low-carbon, energy efficient and resilient 2050. More specifically, the Council will provide business expertise and technological knowledge to delegates as they design and implement the climate technology center and network, the Green Climate Fund and other mechanisms.

The Council will build upon partnerships formed at Rio+20 and work with other businesses and organizations to achieve the goals of the UN Secretary General's Sustainable Energy for All.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Progress reports
Under the UNFCCC, the BCSE will dialogue with fifty delegates per year to increase understanding and implement decisions that will advance the deployment of existing clean energy technologies in all countries.
BCSE will advance the rate of energy efficiency, deployment of renewable energy and increase energy access to global communities through its partnerships in the building energy efficiency and information communications technologies (ICT) sectors formed un
As an organization, the BCSE will work to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions and pledges to offset its emissions annually.
Staff / Technical expertise
4 staff, dedicated to advocacy of policies to deploy clean energy technologies that reduce GHG emissions in the US and abroad.
Financing (in USD)
900,000 USD

Basic information
Time-frame: - 2015
Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Contact information
Lisa Jacobson, President, ljacobson@bcse.org
United Nations