President Obama’s speech last week represented a long-awaited and significant step forward for climate change policy in America.
The three prongs of Obama’s Climate Change Plan: 1. Cut Carbon Pollution in America 2. Prepare the United States for Climate Change and 3. Lead International Efforts to Address Global Climate Change, provide a helpful way to classify the range of initiatives that will be necessary for the U.S. to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.
What does it the plan mean for businesses? Companies have a great opportunity to prosper in a more carbon-conscious USA by aligning their operations and values early to the principles of the plan. Here are just a few ideas for companies who want to get on board:
Cutting Carbon Pollution
1. Take a good look at your supply chain. A penny saved is a penny earned, we like to say. With an increased focus on improving energy and fuel efficiency, we’re likely to see the development of a lot more innovative products that can help your business to save money and reduce emissions simultaneously.
Preparing for Climate Change
2. Be sure your company has a climate change mitigation strategy. Businesses are not immune to the projected effects of climate change. What resources does your company currently depend on? Are they likely to be in short supply? How will your company handle rising energy costs? Understanding your company’s strengths and vulnerabilities is essential.
Leading International Efforts
3. Make a commitment. We signed the Climate Declaration – did you? This symbolic declaration adds force to companies’ commitments to tackle climate change challenges. Encouraging your company to sign can help to build momentum for your internal climate change mitigation initiatives and demonstrate leadership to your stakeholders.
Would you like to discuss these and other ideas for your corporate climate change programs? Get in touch with us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-255-9178.