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By taking advantage of every opportunity to lower their carbon emissions, clients can prepare for upcoming climate-centric policies and manage risk to ensure the long-term success of their business:

Get on the Right Side of Purchasing Policies:

The Buy Clean California Act sets limits on the global warming potential of all materials procured by the state’s agencies and universities, directing them to buy low-carbon building products. Similar embodied carbon policies are being considered in eight states and at the federal level in 2021. A number of American cities are also setting policies to guide the building industry towards lower embodied carbon. (Dig deeper with CLF’s Policy Hub.)

Meet their Partners’ Climate Commitments:

Leading corporations in the United States will soon require their vendors and suppliers to meet carbon targets, including those for Scope 3 emissions. Examples: Accenture requires that 90 percent of their key suppliers take steps to lower their carbon emissions, Salesforce will work with their suppliers to reduce 50 percent of the suppliers’ carbon emissions. (Source)

Prepare for Future Carbon Taxes, Fees, and Regulations:

Many experts are urging the federal government to consider passing some form of carbon taxation or fee, including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, The Wall Street Journal, the Climate Leadership Council, and the Tax Policy Center. It seems likely that future administrations will utilize this important tool, exposing carbon-intensive businesses to a tax burden. Meanwhile, cities like San Francisco, Vancouver, Austin, and Phoenix have adopted or are considering Climate Plans that impact all new construction.

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