Gap, eBay, and Symantec announced today that they are joining BICEP, a coalition of businesses that acknowledges the widespread impacts of climate change and seeks to provide business perspective and cooperation with key members of the business community and members of Congress on environmental policy issues.
The Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) group was formed last fall by Nike in conjunction with Ceres, an environmental sustainability organization established in 1989, to provide an avenue for concerned businesses to have a voice in responsible and effective environmental policy. Original members of BICEP include Nike as well as Levi Strauss & Co., Starbucks, Sun Microsystems and Timberland.
BICEP members call for the inclusion of the following energy and climate principles in the development of U.S. energy and climate legislation and/or rulemaking.
- Set greenhouse gas reduction targets
- Establish a cap-and-trade system
- Establish aggressive energy efficiency policies
- Encourage transportation for a clean energy economy
- Increase investment in technology while eliminating subsidies
- Ensure public investment in new jobs
- Adopt a renewable portfolio policy
- Capture and store carbon emissions from coal-fired power
- Companies join Nike’s climate change group – Portland Business Journal (March 12, 2009)