The reaction to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord is in many cases understandably emotional and passionate. The reality is, however, that American solutions to help mitigate climate change lie not in the White House, but in our offices. The inexorable move toward clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainability is being driven not by governments — but by consumer choice. Corporate greenhouse gas reduction (GHG) goals are now embedded in the fabric of businesses all across America by a commitment to drive profitability and efficiency, as well as meet the demands of company stakeholders and customers. Jobs in the renewable energy sector are rising rapidly. Corporations have found a social responsibility conscience as their customers and employees from the mail room to the board room support the move away from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
Our ability to scale renewable energy in the U.S. lies in our own energy market, not just Paris. Providing meaningful access to physical renewable power for all energy consumers at a competitive price will do more to place energy at the center of corporate and personal sustainability objectives than one President or the other. Politics cannot put the toothpaste back in the tube as long as the market continues to meet demand with more efficient, profitable, and cleaner solutions.
The U.S. is unequivocally a major global emitter of greenhouse gases. From the outcry of the last twenty-four hours, we can see that well over half the States and many large corporations remain committed to keeping their GHG reduction goals in place. For the past few years, companies like Intuit and Iron Mountain, as well as other players from the tech, manufacturing, and retail sectors have committed to a reduction or at least no increase in GHG emissions by increasing their use of renewable energy and decreasing their overall energy use through cost-effective efficiency measures. Homeowners and small businesses are increasingly seeking clean energy alternatives from their electricity providers, while energy retailers look to offer greener products at affordable prices. Corporations and energy retailers still have the ability to take an environmental leadership and stewardship role by entering into simple, transparent agreements for physical renewable energy with RPD, customized for their needs and more flexible than PPAs or onsite installations. The bottom line is that today’s energy market offers the right environment to scale renewable energy generation and offer green energy solutions.
The power to change our world has always been in the hands of the people… and it still is.