SAN JOSE, California, June 25, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Today, senior White House climate officials highlighted the critical role Silicon Valley businesses will play in addressing the climate crisis at the Race to Net Zero Summit, presented by PG&E and Genentech. It included an urgent call from Special Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry to invest, scale and commercialize emerging solutions to achieve a cleaner and more resilient economy.
“Government action alone will not be enough,” Secretary Kerry said. “This is where Silicon Valley comes in.”
“Government action alone will not be enough,” Secretary Kerry said. “This is where Silicon Valley comes in. We need to energize the deployment of technologies that already exist, and we need to find out how to do some things that we can’t do today.”
The summit, convened by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, also brought together White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy; Director of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Michael regan; Acting Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities Melissa Dalton; as well as CEOs of PG&E, Lucid, Logitech, ChargePoint, the United Nations Global Compact, and more.
In his remarks, Special Presidential Envoy Kerry stressed that the net zero transition represents the biggest market transformation since the Industrial Revolution and presents huge opportunities for growth. Another highlight included a call from Councilor McCarthy to Silicon Valley to work with federal officials on prioritizing investments in the infrastructure and clean energy needed to jump-start innovation and foster job growth in the country.
“I want you to say that we can do it; I want you to say that you have the technologies, the business acumen and the practices and that you are going to be transparent about the risks,” said Councilor McCarthy. “We’ll be there to make sure the federal government doesn’t take the field, but we define it, we sow it so that businesses can thrive.”
In a conversation with the CEO of SVLG Ahmad Thomas, EPA Administrator Michael regan discussed the ambitious climate agenda of the Biden-Harris administration. He underscored EPA’s commitment to fostering innovation and greater prosperity for all while addressing communities of color who are disproportionately vulnerable to climate impacts.
“The good news is that I don’t think we need a compromise between innovation and tackling the impacts of climate change,” said Administrator Regan. “The president’s plan recognizes that climate action presents an unprecedented opportunity for the United States to grow stronger, harness American ingenuity, and create more clean energy jobs here at we.”
In a local segment, the CEO of PG&E Patti Poppe spoke about the expansion of PG&E’s clean energy supply and the company’s efforts to adapt to the challenges of climate change in California including the development of innovative forest fire protection solutions to minimize cuts.
“I think there is no more important place in the world than this area and the role that PG&E can play as a key catalyst to thwart climate change,” said Poppe.
SVLG CEO Ahmad Thomas noted that the Race to Net Zero event represented one of the most important climate conversations in the region in recent memory.
“The only way to implement the bold solutions we need to tackle the climate crisis is to leverage Silicon Valley’s unique innovation ecosystem to save the global ecosystem. Achieving a Net Zero world requires a meaningful partnership between federal, state and local governments. , the nonprofit community and our businesses. “
Melissa G. Dalton, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities, highlighted the multiple climate change challenges facing the Pentagon today: increased migration pressures, extreme weather conditions damaging US military bases and increased competition for scarce resources. She also highlighted the new sustainable procurement practices of the army.
“[Climate change] is a priority for the President, it is a priority for Secretary of Defense Austin, ”Assistant Secretary Dalton said. “He noted that climate change is making the world more dangerous, and we must act.
About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
The Leadership Group is a business organization of hundreds of Silicon Valley’s most dynamic companies working to shape the innovation economy of California and the nation. Founded by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, for more than 40 years, the SVLG has worked to address issues that affect the region’s economic health and quality of life. Today, the SVLG focuses on economic competitiveness with particular emphasis on diversity and inclusion, climate change and infrastructure. SVLG members collectively provide nearly one in three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and contribute to more than 3 trillion dollars to the global economy. For more information visit svlg.org.
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