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Energy & Environment

Access to sustainable, reliable, affordable energy is fundamental to U.S. national and economic security. Similarly, a clean and healthy environment is essential for economic prosperity now and in the long term. Business Roundtable supports policies that build on America’s strengths in technology and energy diversity, encourage investment and innovation in our nation’s vibrant energy sector, and preserve environmental quality for the 21st century and beyond.

Business Roundtable CEOs are embracing environmentally sustainable practices across their businesses including investments in green buildings and “green bonds”, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants, diversifying into natural gas and renewable sources of energy and recycling at greater rates.

Across every sector, leading corporations are reinvesting in local communities. U.S. businesses are committing to long-term sustainability goals and deploying comprehensive strategies to meet them.

Through a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, a focus on renewing America’s energy infrastructure for both traditional and renewable resources, and support for regulations that balance environmental and economic needs, Business Roundtable is dedicated to unlocking our nation’s energy potential in a manner that benefits all Americans. Elevating energy efficiency and environmental responsibility is not only good for the planet, it’s good for business and our nation’s economy.

Business Roundtable CEOs are embracing environmentally sustainable practices across their businesses. Retailers are investing in green buildings, fuel-efficient vehicles, and more efficient supply chains. Electric utilities are reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants by generating more electricity from natural gas and renewable resources, while reducing reliance on coal. Oil companies are diversifying into natural gas and renewable sources of energy. Financial companies and investors are increasing interest and investments in renewable energy projects and “green bonds.” Manufacturers are increasing energy efficiency, recycling at greater rates, and developing more renewable sources of raw materials. Across every sector, leading corporations are reinvesting in local communities.

For over a decade, Business Roundtable CEOs have been a leading voice in the business community on sustainability. However, policymakers and the public are often still unaware that large U.S. companies have implemented environmentally sustainable practices across their businesses, directly contributing to positive environmental and economic outcomes. The Business Roundtable has launched a public campaign to foster greater awareness of our members’ contribution to sustainability. U.S. businesses are making a positive impact toward sustainable outcomes, which can be seen across major trends such as:

  • Driving Efficiency, Reuse, and Recycling
  • Advancing Renewable Energy
  • Reducing Carbon Emissions
  • Growing Sustainable Investment 

ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE

Like other forms of infrastructure, America’s energy infrastructure is a key driver of job creation, growth and competitiveness throughout the economy. Maintaining a modern, flexible and secure network of electric power transmission and distribution lines, oil and natural gas pipelines, and storage facilities is essential to delivering affordable and reliable energy to U.S. businesses and consumers, promoting growth across all sectors of the economy, and supporting the country’s thriving domestic energy industry.

Unlike other forms of public infrastructure, American energy infrastructure is largely privately owned, operated and financed. The major obstacle for transportation infrastructure renewal — funding — is not a significant problem for energy infrastructure. Until quite recently in fact, privately financed U.S. energy infrastructure renewal has been an American success story. However, technology and policy drivers are rapidly changing the way energy is produced and consumed in the United States, requiring a faster pace of investment and modernization.

Currently, the regulatory framework and permitting systems that surround the energy sector were designed for another age, locking in a pace of infrastructure modernization and expansion that is out of step with the energy sector’s rapidly changing needs. Congress and the Administration have a unique opportunity to accelerate investments in energy infrastructure by updating regulations, establishing strong investment incentives and streamlining permitting processes — ultimately putting more private-sector capital to work for America’s farms, factories and households.

Energy at Work

Like other forms of infrastructure, America’s energy infrastructure is a key driver of job creation, growth and competitiveness throughout the economy. Maintaining a modern, flexible and secure network of electric power transmission and distribution lines, oil and natural gas pipelines, and storage facilities is essential to delivering affordable and reliable energy to U.S. businesses and consumers, promoting growth across all sectors of the economy, and supporting the country’s thriving domestic energy industry.

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ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE

We recognize the real and growing threat of climate change and believe that America’s business leaders have an obligation to contribute to an environmentally responsible future. Because the consequences of global warming for society and ecosystems are potentially serious and far-reaching, steps to address the risks of such warming are prudent even now, while the science continues to evolve. Business Roundtable supports collective actions that will lead to the coordinated efforts to address the risks of climate change.