Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to propose a regulation requiring public companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related risks. In response Patrick Gaspard, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
The proposal of Chair Gary Gensler and the SEC advances the ball on addressing climate-related risk within the financial sector. If enacted, this rule would take a big step toward ensuring that investors and other market participants have the information they want and need about climate emissions. Basic information—about the physical risks a company faces from climate disasters, the myriad risks it faces from the larger economy transitioning to low-carbon alternatives, or simply the level of emissions a company is responsible for, either directly or indirectly—is fundamental to our free market.
This rulemaking has been a long time coming, and I applaud the SEC’s decision to allow investors, other market participants, companies, and the public the chance to weigh in on this matter so critical to our markets and our future.
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