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FROM VOLUME 10, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1997
summarize here some of the positions on climate policy promoted by various
businesses or business groups over the past few months. They vary
substantially, sometimes even within the same industry.
British Petroleum's CEO John Browne raised eyebrows with a speech at
Stanford University May 19, 1997, breaking ranks with the rest of the
fossil industry by saying that continuing to ignore climate change is "unwise
and potentially dangerous." He went on to explain how BP is taking
initiatives on joint implementation, developing alternative (including
renewable) sources of energy for the long term, reducing its own emissions
and contributing to the policy debate. Contact BP at 1 Finsbury Circus,
London EC2M 7BA, UK (tel: 44 171 496 4000; fax: 44 171 496 4630) or see
the speech at http://www.BP.com/speech_051997.html.
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy was formed in 1992 by
producers of renewable energy and natural gas or related equipment, and
electric utilities interested in energy conservation. More than the other
business groups, this one favors strong measures soon to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions. Contact the Council at 1200 18th St. NW, 9th Fl.,
Washington DC 20036 (tel: 202 785 0507; fax: 202 785 0514; e-mail:
email@example.com; WWW: http://www.bcse.org).
The Business Roundtable, which represents over 200 companies, ran a
series of newspaper advertisements timed to precede an address by
President Clinton to its annual meeting in June 1997, calling for an
climate policy "balanced" between the economy and the
environment, and with input from a wide variety of sources. In agreement
with most other business groups, it stresses that treaty commitments
should include developing countries. Its views are expressed in Rush
to Judgment: A Primer on Global Climate Change, available on the
group's Web site (http://www.brtable.org).
Contact the Roundtable at 1615 L St. NW, Washington DC 20036 (tel: 202 872
The Edison Electric Institute represents U.S. shareholder-owned
utilities and also has international affiliates. It favors voluntary
approaches at Kyoto, which it is already pursuing through its members by
promoting efficient use of electricity. Contact EEI at 760 Pennsylvania
Ave. NW, Washington DC 20004 (tel: 202 508 5000; WWW:
The European Round Table of Industrialists comprises invited heads of
large multinational companies representing all sectors of industry. It
favors the full involvement of industry in developing workable policies on
climate change, in partnership with governments. Its statement Climate
Change: An ERT Report on Positive Action discusses this approach.
Contact the ERT at Ave. Henri Jaspar 113, B-1060 Brussels (tel: 32 2 534
3100; fax: 32 2 534 7348; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW:
The Global Climate Coalition has represented core energy and
manufacturing businesses for several years, maintaining stiff opposition
to climate policies, and rejecting the IPCC's "scientific consensus"
that some degree of anthropogenic climate change is likely. Contact the
Coalition at 1275 K St. NW, S. 890, Washington DC 20005 (tel: 202 682
9161; fax: 202 638 1043; e-mail: email@example.com; WWW:
The International Climate Change Partnership is currently chaired by
British Petroleum. This group includes a wide range of industries, some of
which broke away from the Global Climate Coalition in 1996. It accepts the
IPCC scientific consensus. However, it cautions that achieving a lasting
solution that accommodates both environmental protection and economic
growth is more important than meeting artificial deadlines like the Kyoto
meeting in December. Contact ICCP at 211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA 22201
(tel: 703 841 0626; fax: 703 243 2874; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Global Climate Information Project is sponsored by transportation,
petroleum, mining and other industries. It launched an extensive U.S.
advertising campaign in September reflecting its concern that a climate
treaty that excludes developing countries would have major impacts on the
U.S. economy, but little or no environmental benefit. Details are found on
its Web site (http://www.appcpenn.org/issueads/profiles/global_climate.htm)
or by toll-free phone (800-54-FACTS).
The Insurance Industry Initiative for the Environment was formed July
1997 in association with UNEP, to build on the interest represented by the
1995 UNEP Statement of Environmental Commitment by the Insurance
Industry, which has now been signed by 70 insurers in 25 countries.
(See Global Environ. Change Rep., p. 8, July 11, 1997.) A working
group on climate change has been formed. Contact Bernd Schanzenbacher
(tel: 41 22 979 9302; fax: 41 22 796 9240; e-mail: email@example.com).
Western Fuels Association, representing many coal-consuming electric
utilities in the U.S., sponsors World Climate Report, which takes
a skeptical view of conventional thought on climate change (http://www.nhes.com/).
This month it opened a World Wide Web site (http://www.globalwarmingcost.org)
intended to mobilize grassroots opposition to proposed treaty commitments
because of their economic impacts. Contact Western Fuels at 4301 Wilson
Blvd., S. 805, Arlington VA 22203 (tel: 703 907 6160; fax: 703 907 6161;
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a coalition of
122 international companies committed to the principles of economic growth
and sustainable development. Many are large, well-known firms such as AT&T,
Cargill International, and Dupont. Favors joint implementation, emissions
trading, and incentives for the development of energy-efficient and
renewable technologies. Contact the Council at 160 route de Florissant,
CH-1231 Conches-Geneva, Switz. (tel: 41 22 839 3100; fax: 41 22 839 3131;
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.wbcsd.ch).
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