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Center for Corporate Climate Leadership

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EPA's Center for Corporate Climate Leadership

The U.S. EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division is committed to reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) through cost-effective partnerships to advance clean energy and energy efficiency across the U.S. economy. As part of this commitment, The EPA's Center for Corporate Climate Leadership (PDF) (1 pg, 250K, About PDF) ("The Center") was launched in 2012 to establish norms of climate leadership by encouraging organizations with emerging climate objectives to identify and achieve cost-effective GHG emission reductions, while helping more advanced organizations drive innovations in reducing their greenhouse gas impacts in their supply chains and beyond.

The Center serves as a comprehensive resource to help organizations of all sizes measure and manage GHG emissions, providing technical tools, ground-tested guidance, educational resources, and opportunities for information sharing and peer exchange among organizations interested in reducing the environmental impacts associated with climate change.

The Center also recognizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in addressing climate change by co-sponsoring the Climate Leadership Awards with three NGO partners: the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry (The Registry) and serves as the Climate Leadership Conference headline sponsor.

The Center supports the following activities for organizations looking to expand their work in the areas of GHG measurement and management:

  • Joint recognition program for climate leadership
  • Supply chain GHG management
  • Strategic partnerships and engagements
  • Promotion of GHG management best practices and technologies in collaboration with other EPA programs and other organizations

Climate Leaders History

The Center is preceded by the Climate Leaders program, an EPA industry-government partnership that worked with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies.

Partner companies committed to reducing their impact on the global environment by completing a corporate-wide inventory of their greenhouse (GHG) gas emissions, setting long-term reduction goals, and annually reporting their progress to EPA. Through program participation, companies created a lasting record of their accomplishments and identified themselves as corporate environmental leaders. Climate Leaders coordinated with a suite of EPA voluntary industry-government partnerships for reducing GHG emissions to assist corporations with their greenhouse gas emissions management strategies.

Climate Leaders Partners and Small Business Network members represented a broad range of industry sectors including cement, forest products, pharmaceuticals, utilities, information technology, and retail, with operations in all 50 states.

On September 30, 2011, EPA officially ended the Climate Leaders program. (Announcement (PDF) (1 pg, 62K)) This decision was taken in recognition of the availability of climate programs operated by the states and NGOs and the advent of the EPA's Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Program.

Many of the tools developed by EPA and used by Climate Leaders partners to reduce their GHG emissions are still available for use on this website. Review the Climate Leaders Farewell & New Recognition Opportunities and Resources webinar.

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