Greenpeace response to US Asia climate 'pact'

Press release - 28 July, 2005
Responding to the recent announcement by the USA of a six nation 'pact' on climate change, Greenpeace Climate Campaigner Stephanie Tunmore said: The pact, rather than saving the climate, is nothing more than a trade agreement in energy technologies between the countries in question. It is entirely voluntary and does not even mention greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The best option to cope with climate change is to increase energy efficiency and invest in renewable energy.

Unfortunately, it seems likely that Mr Bush and Mr Howard are seekingto protect the interests of their domestic fossil fuel industries andto deflect criticism for their total failure to address climate change.Following such a strategy could wreak untold harm on the mostvulnerable - many of whom are living in the very region from which thisabsurd pact was issued.

Up to 70-80% of global emissions must be reduced by industrialisedcountries by mid-century in order to avoid catastrophic climate change.Voluntary technology agreements, negotiated by the world's worstpolluters, are not going to get us there.

152 countries have now ratified the Kyoto Protocol, which containslegally binding emissions cuts for industrialized countries for theperiod from 2008-2012 (the first commitment period) and negotiationsfor the second and subsequent commitment begin in earnest later thisyear in Montreal. This 'pact' looks like yet another attempt by the USand Australia to derail these negotiations and condemn futuregenerations to a world ravaged by climate change.

Other contacts: Stephanie Tunmore, Greenpeace International climate campaigner, + 44 7796 94 74 51Cecilia Goin, Greenpeace International media officer, + 31 6 212 96 908

Exp. contact date: 2005-08-01 00:00:00