Major Michigan companies hail climate action to support transition to carbon-neutral economy


Companies such as Crystal Mountain, EILEEN FISHER, Ford, General Mills, General Motors, IKEA, and Siemens say MI Healthy Climate Plan strategies to create a carbon-neutral economy will boost Michigan’s vitality, competitiveness, and economic growth.

LANSING, Mich. –News Direct– Ceres

LANSING, Michigan, April 19, 2022 / 3BL Media / — Major companies with operations and employees across Michigan want to see the state step up its strategies to achieve a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. They say it would help protect the state from climate threats and take advantage of the economic opportunities of the clean energy transition.

In a letter sent today to Governor Gretchen Whitmer, 15 corporate signatories, including Crystal Mountain, EILEEN FISHER, Ford, General Mills, General Motors, IKEA and Siemens among others – stressed the importance of making climate action a priority for Michigan. These companies have all made significant commitments to reduce climate pollution throughout their operations and supply chains, and they recognize that supportive state policies are needed to help them achieve these goals.

“Climate change poses a significant risk to our businesses, threatens the competitiveness and livelihoods of our supply chains, and impacts the communities in which we operate. Because of these risks to our businesses, consumers, and employees, we view climate action as a top priority for Michigan and offer our support for statewide strategies that will achieve Michigan’s carbon neutrality. by 2050,” the companies wrote.

This corporate message comes as the Whitmer administration prepares to release the final version of the MI Healthy Climate Plan, which will outline recommended strategies to put Michigan on the path to reaching its goal of carbon neutrality nationwide. economy by 2050. A draft plan has been released. in January, in support of Governor Whitmer Executive Directive 2020-10 which established the state’s carbon neutrality goal.

“Michigan is already feeling the accelerating impact of climate change,” said professional engineer Jim MacInnes, Chairman of the Board of Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, MI. “The good news is that the technologies we need to build a low-carbon energy future are now available – electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations, grid-scale batteries, and wind and solar power. “Expanding our electrical grid is also necessary to accelerate the deployment of these clean energy resources. By working together to advocate and act now, we can protect this beautiful part of the country and ensure Michigan continues to be an attractive destination.” for future generations.

“General Motors applauds the ambition of the MI Healthy Climate Plan project. We salute the leadership and efforts to encourage decarbonization in Michigan,” said Matthew Rudnick, director — climate, environment and energy policy, at General Motors. “The state’s ambitious goals can only be achieved through the concerted efforts of all stakeholders and a focus on supportive policies.”

“At EILEEN FISHER, we believe the climate crisis demands urgent action and systemic change,” said Shona Quinn, director of social awareness at EILEEN FISHER, a sustainable design company with a retail store located in Troy. “Government leaders and businesses of all sizes have a role to play in tackling the climate crisis. We welcome Governor Whitmer’s climate plan that will help businesses and communities reap the benefits of Michigan’s transition to a clean energy future.

“At Siemens, we know that solving the climate crisis requires both the public and private sectors. This is why Siemens is globally committed to net zero emissions in our operations by 2030,” said Judy Martinez-Faye, Head of External Affairs at Siemens USA. “Achieving carbon neutrality will help Michigan build a future where businesses and communities can thrive – with cleaner air, well-paying jobs, and a competitive economy.”

“The transition to a carbon-neutral economy presents an exciting opportunity for Michigan,” said Deana Dennis, senior director of state policy at Ceres, a nonprofit that organized the letter. “Many of Michigan’s largest companies see the economic benefits of acting now to achieve the long-term goal of carbon neutrality, and they want to see the state follow suit with ambitious, state-wide climate strategies. ‘State. We commend Governor Whitmer for her leadership on climate action and look forward to working with Michigan policymakers and businesses to make her administration’s vision a reality.

The letter ended with a strong signal to state leaders that Michigan businesses support the plan and welcome further steps to achieve this ambitious goal.

“The MI Healthy Climate Plan is an important step towards achieving our long-term goal of carbon neutrality. Moving toward a carbon-neutral economy will enhance our state’s vitality, competitiveness, and growth, sending a clear signal that Michigan is open for business,” they said in their letter.

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