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North Carolina Responds to Climate Challenge

N.C. Governor Cooper Issues Executive Order on Climate and Clean Energy

On October 29, 2018 following the devastation of Hurricane Florence, North Carolina Governor Cooper issued an Executive Order on climate change readiness and commitment to clean energy.   

Highlights of Executive Order #80 include:

  • NC’s commitment to reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2005 levels by 2025
  • Increase in registered, zero-emission vehicles (“ZEVs”) in NC to at least 80,000 
  • 40% reduction in energy consumption in state-owned buildings.

SustainableNC was also rolled out in late 2018 to encourage public and private collaboration as NC strives to become a national leader in energy innovation and build a low carbon economy. SustainableNC will help businesses, local governments, community groups, and private citizens across the state achieve their voluntary environmental goals.


Here's Why Climate Action Matters


Climate risks are expensive


Sustainability is profitable

  • $26 trillion in direct economic gain possible from climate action through 2030 according to 2018 report from The New Climate Economy
  • 72% of Millennials are willing to pay more for sustainable products - up from 55% in 2014 (Nielsen Research, 2015)
  • Product and technology innovation, expanding markets and resource efficiencies are profit opportunities


Stakeholders expect accountability

  • 86% of Millennials are interested in sustainable investing - that means almost all Millennials, a group that is set to inherit $30 Trillion in assets
  • Investors are increasing pressure for disclosure of climate-related risks and opportunities
  • Customers are demanding sustainable business practices

Join Hundreds of Companies and Cities Taking Action

Corporations with climate targets are market-driven and focused on corporate success – they do not sacrifice profit or market position. 500 companies have made commitments to climate action – find out why and learn how you can too. 

Plus 80 cities in both red and blue states are committing to 100% renewable energy. 

Three-tiered approach:



Seek stakeholder input on how a low-carbon economy impacts your business strategy.



Discover new markets, new products and technologies to give you the competitive edge.

Investor readiness


Know the risks and opportunities that climate change presents and investors expect you to address.

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