In February 2018, the Annual Climate Leadership Conference will be held in Denver. This event gathers influential professionals from around the globe with expertise in climate, energy and sustainability practices. Together, they will discuss climate change and how to address it through innovation, business approaches and policy.

About the Climate Leadership Conference

For seven years now, the CLC has brought together innovators and forward-thinking figures from academia, government, business and the non-profit arena. Together, they examine solutions for energy and climate, provide the support that leaders need to take action on climate change and introduce new opportunities and innovation. The Climate Leadership Conference is hosted by the Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Climate Registry, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and convenes around the Climate Leadership Awards.

The event attracts over 400 practitioners, executives and organizations who are dealing with climate change in their day-to-day operations. The attendees are roughly 50 percent business executives, 25 percent government officials and 25 percent academics and nonprofit professionals, with expertise in sustainability, energy and climate.

Attendees represent such diverse organizations as Duke University, the DFW Airport Board, Caterpillar, John Deere, General Motors, Lockheed Martin, JetBlue, Mastercard, MetLife, Siemens, Cushman & Wakefield, The Hartford, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors.


Here are a few of the workshops and seminars that are on the agenda for this year’s Climate Leadership Conference:

  • Leveraging Environmental Markets: Market-based solutions are important to addressing environmental challenges and devising strategies. This workshop discusses current markets such as carbon finance, low-carbon technologies, international emissions-trading, innovations in energy efficiency and bringing renewables to scale and market phase.
  • Getting to Carbon Neutral – Aggressive Goals and How to Achieve Them: To keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius, a set of tough carbon reduction goals are going to be necessary. Business leaders will need to know how to develop a good portfolio of these low-carbon solutions and tools. Panelists will discuss their strategies, including offsets, internal carbon pricing and RECs, along with ideas on stakeholder buy-in and ways to communicate progress.

Transforming the Grid – Building Smart, Resilient Energy Infrastructure: It’s no secret that the energy grid in the United States is a good 30 to 40 years out of date. This workshop will discuss ways to reinvent the grid for clean and sustainable energy, while meeting future energy needs and growing demand. The session will address both policy solutions and technological innovations such as smart tech, renewable energy, microgrids and demand response programs.

Side events will address:

  • Climate solutions advanced through public/private/plus partnerships
  • Using renewable heating and cooling designs to reduce emissions
  • Designing infrastructure and supply chains to be more resilient and robust in case of a major weather event
  • Establishing accounting programs that can be used to address climate mitigation strategies, with reporting, trading and market-based solutions
  • Developing best practices for meeting Scope 3 emissions goals
  • Understanding the commitment of greenhouse gas inventories and how it applies at the city level, hosted by the City of Aspen, CO

Details and new sessions may continue to be added to these side events before the conference date.


Here is a partial list of awards that will be bestowed at this year’s conference:

  • Organizational Leadership Award: For organizations that have developed their own emissions mitigation goals, and have shown outstanding leadership in their policies and procedures responding to climate change.
  • Individual Leadership Award: For individuals who have shown exemplary leadership in guiding their organizations’ approach to climate change, and through dealings with partners and peers.
  • Supply Chain Leadership Award: For organizations that have developed their own emissions reduction strategies, and who demonstrate innovation and leadership in reducing greenhouse gas footprint in their own supply chains.
  • Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate): For organizations that have set organization-wide greenhouse gas reduction strategies and have set emissions reduction goals.
  • Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award): For organizations that have publicly reported and verified their greenhouse gas reduction plans and have achieved aggressive emissions reduction target numbers.
  • Innovation Partnership Certificate: Awarded to organizations that have collaborated on climate initiatives and shown leadership on these cutting-edge strategies. Partnerships have collaborated to set objectives to measurably lower greenhouse gas emissions, or have devised adaptation and sustainability plans.

These awards are for organizations with annual revenue of $100 million or more, as well as academic organizations or government entities with annual budgets of $100 million or more. These organizations must have a significant footprint in the United States, although their operations can be international in scope.

This gathering of influential professionals in the climate, energy and sustainability fields will provide an unparalleled chance to network and exchange ideas on policy and innovation.