For more information on WRI’s current business work, see The Next Practice Collaborative.
Green Power Market Development Group
The GPMDG was a commercial and industrial partnership dedicated to building corporate markets for green power. The Group advanced a clean energy future by developing 1,000 megawatts of cost-competitive green power from 2000-2010.
In 2000 the World Resources Institute convened the Green Power Market Development Group, a unique commercial and industrial partnership dedicated to building corporate markets for green power. As a collaboration of large energy users, the Group helped transform energy markets to enable corporate buyers to diversify their energy portfolios with green power and reduce their impact on climate change. The Group developed 1,000 megawatts of new, cost-competitive green power by 2010. The corporate Group partners included Alcoa Inc., Delphi Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, FedEx Kinko’s, General Motors, IBM, Interface, Johnson & Johnson, NatureWorks LLC, Pitney Bowes, Staples, and Starbucks.
In 2005, WRI and The Climate Group convened the Green Power Market Development Group-Europe, a unique corporate renewable energy “buyers group” dedicated to building commercial and industrial demand and markets for renewable energy in Europe. Modeled upon the successes of WRI’s U.S. Green Power Group, this project addressed barriers to the widespread commercial and industrial adoption of renewable energy in Europe. Group partners included some of Europe’s largest energy users from a variety of sectors such as British Telecom, Holcim, IKEA, Michelin, Tetra Pak, and the European operations of The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, General Motors, IBM, Interface, Johnson & Johnson, Nike (CSC), and Staples.
Key Documents & ResourcesCorporate Guide to Green Power Markets: The Corporate Guide to Green Power Markets is a series designed to help corporations understand, explore, and evaluate renewable energy opportunities.
U.S. Climate Business Group
The U.S. Climate Business Group helped advance strategies to measure and manage corporate greenhouse gas emissions.
The U.S. Climate Business Group built strategies for companies to thrive in a carbon-constrained economy. Partners in the Climate Northeast, Climate Midwest, and Climate Southeast working groups developed greenhouse gas (GHG) management systems, shared energy management practices and invested in clean energy. These corporate actions helped shape multi-sectoral policy approaches for a safe climate, sound business future in the United States. The U.S. Climate Business Group is one example of WRI’s collaboration with the private sector to address the challenge of climate change.
By working together, WRI and its corporate partners had an opportunity to learn, share best practices and solutions with a diverse set of peers, create a leadership forum on corporate responses to GHG issues, and become more informed and effective participants in policy dialogues taking place at the state, federal and international levels.
Key Documents & ResourcesA Climate of Innovation: Northeast Business Action to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Reviews corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management based on the experiences of nine large corporations from various economic sectors.
Carbon Value Analysis Tool: The CVAT helps corporate energy managers to assess the value of emissions reductions and make decisions on financing new projects.
Corporate Climate & Energy Summit: May 19-20, 2008
Panel: Staying Ahead of the Curve
- Jonathan Pershing, WRI - Presentation
- J. Alan Beamon, Energy Information Administration - Presentation
Panel: Leveling the Playing Field
- Meg McDonald, Alcoa - Presentation
- Trevor Houser, Peterson Institute for International Economics - Presentation
Breakout Panel: Designing the SmartGrid
- Brian Bradford, GridPoint - Presentation
- Wes Frye, Cisco Systems - Presentation
- Jigar Shar, SunEdison - Presentation
Breakout Panel: Business Solutions to Transportation Emissions
Breakout Panel: The State and Federal Policy Dynamic