Increasing energy efficiency can be one of the cheapest and most immediate ways of improving our energy security, reducing energy costs and curtailing greenhouse gas emissions. Business Roundtable members have committed to aggressive energy efficiency programs and recognize the important role of energy savings in improving the bottom line. We encourage the development of policies that promote significant energy efficiency increases in our residential and commercial buildings and encourage improvements in the efficiency in industrial processes. Read more about Energy.
Today’s energy challenges are not insurmountable, but there are no silver bullets. Long-term progress requires investments in a balanced portfolio of advanced energy efficiency and production technologies, combined with strong policy leadership to speed deployment and market penetration of those technologies, to significantly reduce GHGs and increase energy security. Business Roundtable released a study on this entitled, The Balancing Act.
Business Roundtable recognizes that our energy future is increasingly linked to our environmental goals – most notably, progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing concerns about global climate change. Our proposals for improving energy efficiency, investing in alternative fuels, expanding the U.S. nuclear fleet and pursuing new technologies, such as gasification with carbon capture and sequestration potential, will not only strengthen our energy security but also contribute to reducing the U.S. carbon footprint. These policy recommendations are included in Business Roundtable’s Unfinished Business: The Missing Elements of a Sustainable Energy and Climate Policy report.