Comprehensive clean energy legislation
Supporting a clean energy economy and new opportunities in the Land of Lincoln
bp supports more than 17,000 jobs across Chicagoland. The state is home to bp operations and employees, so we’re invested in supporting progressive climate policy as it takes shape.
Supporting Illinois’ transition to a clean energy economy
Fewer emissions, cleaner, greener energy and more jobs – now is the time for Illinois to take bold action to remove carbon from its entire economy. We are encouraged by recent steps the state has taken through progressive climate legislation enacted in September 2021. As one of Illinois’ diverse energy providers, we urge lawmakers to develop additional policies that will:
- Implement a carbon pricing policy – a market-based strategy for lowering global warming emissions. Carbon pricing is proven to be one of the most effective mechanisms for reducing emissions and it also creates an additional revenue stream for the state. Illinois could join one or more of the existing programs nationwide, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) or California’s cap-and-trade program. Alternatively, Illinois could develop its own carbon pricing program.
- Create the framework required for the commercial deployment of carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) – CCUS technology can reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions today and lower atmospheric CO2 in the future.
- Encourage investment in renewable energy – investments in wind, solar, advanced biofuels and biopower can help the state meet its energy goals.
- Support the development of renewable natural gas (RNG) – Methane emissions captured from landfills, wastewater treatment plants and farms can be converted into RNG, a lower carbon fuel, that can be used for transport, heating, electricity and cooking. Illinois’ extensive agricultural sector is well-positioned to take advantage of RNG for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our climate.
- Create opportunity for the expansion of a competitive electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure – this is critical for the widespread adoption of EVs in the state.
Together these measures can help Illinois transition to a clean energy economy – addressing the need for cleaner, lower emissions energy while creating more jobs and new opportunities across the entire state.