Greenpeace activists and coal-impacted community representatives hold a parody of China Light and Power's annual report which was distributed at the AGM of CLP, one of Asia's largest power utilities.
For every dollar of profit made by CLP last year, it is
estimated itcost communities across the region nearly $4 in health
andenvironmental impacts. (1)
Representativesfrom affected communities in Hong Kong, mainland
China, Thailand,Philippines and India traveled to the company's AGM
to expose thishypocrisy. As community representatives addressed
CLP's Board andshareholders inside the meeting, Greenpeace
activists deployed a hugebanner outside the hotel, carrying the
message "CLP: climate criminal".
"Weare here to say no to CLP's dirty coal business on behalf of
manyaffected communities across the region. We demand clean, safe
andrenewable energy for our communities," said Charoen Detkhum,
acommunity leader from Thailand where the BLCP coal plant, a
projectfunded by CLP, is being constructed.
CLP Group recordedprofits of US$ 1.1 billion in 2004, their
highest for a decade, mostlyderived from burning coal. Greenpeace
demands that CLP invests theseprofits in clean renewable energy
projects like wind power in southernChina's Guangdong province.
"CLP are climate criminals. Allacross Asia their coal burning
addiction is wrecking the climate,destroying the environment and
poisoning people. Unless we act to stopclimate change now, the
consequences for humans and the environmentwill be devastating,"
said Greenpeace China climate campaigner GloriaChang.
Last week, Greenpeace disrupted construction of the CLP funded
Maptaphut coal plant, one of the largest in Thailand.
Other contacts: Athena Ronquillo, Greenpeace International climate and energy campaigner, + 852 6224 4597 and +852-6224-45-97Gloria Chang, Greenpeace China climate and energy campaigner, + 852 6076 67 81Cecilia Goin, Greenpeace International media officer: + 31 6 212 96 908For more information please contact: http://www.greenpeace.org.cn
Notes: (1). Using European Commission methodology it has been calculated that the harmful impacts of CLP's coal burning operations across the region cost at least USD 3.9 billion in 2004.
Exp. contact date: 2005-05-10 00:00:00