Alliance to Save Energy President Presents to Congress

February 12th, 2019 by Drew Vass, Executive Editor

Jason Hartke, president of Alliance to Save Energy, submitted a written testimony for a congressional hearing on Wednesday, February 6, urging congress to consider not only the environmental, but also the economic impacts of energy efficiency. The statement, titled “Time for Action: Addressing the Environmental and Economic Effects of Climate Change,” includes policy suggestions across numerous areas, including the built environment.

“Energy efficiency is widely recognized as the single most effective strategy we have for reducing carbon emissions, with the International Energy Agency reporting that efficiency alone must account for more than 40 percent of the emissions reductions needed to meet global targets” Hartke explains in the statement. The movement is among the fastest-growing, he said, with employers anticipating nearly 10 percent annual growth. “Seven in 10 of those jobs are in construction and manufacturing sectors,” he added.

Also provided in the statement is a letter containing more than 40 company signatures that endorse the calling for Congress to prioritize energy efficiency, which Hartke claims would create additional productivity and competition in the construction and manufacturing sectors, while benefiting Americans through lower energy costs.

“The U.S. has come a long way in using energy more productively in recent decades, yet more than half of the energy we generate is still not put to use,” Hartke wrote. “The opportunities ahead are even greater than our past gains, and as a diverse coalition of businesses and organizations, we stand ready to work with you to continue U.S. leadership in this important field and advance efficiency across the economy.”

As a nonprofit and bipartisan alliance of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders, Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy productivity and conservation worldwide. Involved in programs such as Clean Power Plan, CarbonCount, and PowerSave Schools, alliance officials say their organization engages in diverse public private partnerships, while collaborating on efforts and strategic alliances to optimize resources and expand influence.

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