Putting the Paris Climate Accord Exit into Perspective

Bennett Fisher, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at ENGIE Insight

We applaud the corporate climate action community for leading the charge when it comes to energy management and sustainability — with or without U.S. participation in the Paris climate accord. We feel confident our commercial customers and U.S. businesses at large will remain focused on achieving critical energy and sustainability goals.

Current market forces and an environmentally conscious market have created a requirement but more importantly, tremendous opportunity for businesses and utilities to both implement and serve as stewards of sound environmental solutions that ultimately benefit us all. Several factors — from emerging energy management options and lowering costs of technologies to new business models and financial benefits from energy savings — make energy management initiatives both highly attainable and desirable from a business case standpoint. Some businesses may even decide to double-down on sustainability initiatives to sustain growth long-term in light of President Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate accord.

At ENGIE Insight, we remain steadfast in our role as a trusted advisor, guiding organizations as they lower resource consumption and embrace sustainable principles—reducing environmental impact, increasing returns, lowering risks and enhancing reputations.

We encourage a global view. Taking a leadership role in climate action serves not only to protect the environment, but to strengthen the bottom line, business resiliency and the global economy. The global corporate community needs only to look within for remarkable levels of peer support from organizations embracing and emphasizing the economic and societal opportunities inherent in addressing climate change. For example:

  • The We Mean Business coalition is comprised internationally of more than 500 companies that are making ambitious commitments on corporate climate engagement, science-based targets, renewable energy, policy engagement, and more.
  • The National Climate Declaration is a call to action from over 1,200 leading American businesses urging the public, policymakers and business leaders to seize the economic opportunity in tackling climate change.

As stated in the National Climate Declaration, “Tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century (and it’s simply the right thing to do).” U.S. businesses have demonstrated they are a major driving force in tackling climate change and we stand with our business colleagues in being an integral voice in the global climate change dialogue.

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  • Tony

    Thanks Bennett for putting this in perspective. Ecova certainly has a role with those customers who wish to do their part to enhance sustainability solutions. Let’s meet them where they are.

  • Jana Schmidt

    Great strategy, Bennett. Ecova will be there for its clients!

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