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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Salesforce, the customer relations management company that many readers may know for its Slack software, announced it has achieved net-zero emissions throughout its value chain.

Driving the news: This includes the energy used by its customers, it says.

  • Salesforce has also hit its target of 100% renewable energy, Patrick Flynn, Salesforce's global head of sustainability, tells Axios.
  • The company is rolling out a suite of new sustainability tools for its customers to use to aggressively cut their emissions.

Yes, but: Net zero does not mean zero emissions, yet. Salesforce is on its way to nearly zeroing out greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, Flynn says.

  • For now, it is compensating for remaining emissions by buying renewable energy and purchasing what the company views as highly credible carbon credits, says Flynn. 
  • These consist of a portfolio that’s heavy in natural climate solutions and avoidance credits, while other climate tech solutions become scalable. 
  • Over the long term, the company plans to use only carbon removal credits, Flynn says.

Of note: Salesforce is advocating for policies to reduce planet-warming emissions, which includes voicing support for provisions included in the congressional Democrats' infrastructure bills.

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Biden's winter energy chill

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Higher home energy prices heading into the chilly months are the latest energy-related problem facing Joe Biden at a sensitive time in his young presidency.

Driving the news: The Energy Department's independent stats arm projects heating bills this winter will rise thanks to higher commodity prices and predictions of a colder winter.

John Kerry plays down COP26, knocks Congress over climate legislation

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U.S. climate envoy John Kerry says COP26 may not get all the results he has been working toward, in part because Congress has yet to act on President Biden's ambitious climate agenda.

Driving the news: In an interview with the AP, Kerry says the negotiations in Glasgow, Scotland, may fall short of securing commitments from major emitters to stop burning coal and commit to aggressive near-term emissions cuts.

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Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

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A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.