The Council’s Clean Energy and Sustainability Team, chaired by Mitch Tyson, Chairman of Advanced Electron Beams, promotes federal, regional, and state policies that: improve energy efficiency, sustainability, and the environment; encourage domestic energy production and support US energy security; strengthen the region’s competitiveness, job growth, and leadership in clean energy, and reduce or limit costs to businesses and consumers by avoiding unsustainable or duplicative taxpayer investments.
Recent policy outreach includes support of a federal energy-climate bill to:
- Establish a predictable, market-based mechanism to set a national price on carbon
- Eliminate oil, gas, and coal industry “preference” subsidies that are not market-based and put clean energy at a competitive disadvantage
- Significantly increase investments in clean energy R&D and infrastructure
The Team is poised to offer strategic and tactical support on more micro "fallback" federal and state energy policy proposals in the wake of inaction on a comprehensive energy-climate bill. These potentially include targeted support for the extension of select federal tax credits and incentives, federal funding for ARPA-E and a regional clean energy consortia, and efforts to retain the current definition of renewable energy as it applies to the Commonwealth's renewal energy credit regime, as well as support for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (REGGI). The Team often conducts its policy outreach in conjunction with the New England Clean Energy Council with which the Council has a strategic partnership to offer joint members discounts.
Savings and Best Practices
The Team also works to foster MHTC members’ adoption of environmentally sustainable principles in their respective business operations, products and services, develop information platform to exchange know-how, access to resources, best practices and success stories, and help companies reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) through the implementation of energy efficiency measures, innovative energy supply products, and the use of renewable sources (in part by utilization of MHTC-EnerNOC partnership).
The Team is developing a program at which it will highlight the role of Chief Sustainability Officers at member companies and facilitate an exchange of best practices among them. This builds on recent best practices in sustainability that the Team featured from representatives of Millipore, Biogen Idec, and SolidWorks at recent team meetings, which included a tour of the new Biogen Idec campus in Weston.
For more info, contact Daniella DeChristopher at firstname.lastname@example.org.