Philippine Senate finally passes the Renewable Energy Bill!

Hundreds of students, bikers, runners, volunteers, and supporters in Renewable Energy-themed costumes called for the immediate passage of the Renewable Energy Bill. © Greenpeace/Luis Liwanag

Greenpeace has directly helped to bring about positive environmental changes in the world and in Southeast Asia.

October 2014: After more than one million people respond to Greenpeace's Save the Arctic campaign LEGO ends its 50 year link with Shell. On it's website, LEGO published a statement committing to 'not renew the co-promotion contract with Shell'.

During Greenpeace's three month campaign, over a million people signed a petition calling on LEGO to stop promoting Shell's brand because of its plans to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic. In stark contrast to Shell, LEGO's policies include a commitment to produce more renewable energy than they use, phase out oil in their products and, in cooperation with its partners, leave a better world for future generations. And that's kind of a big deal. More

January 2014: British luxury brand Burberry made a commitment to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by 1 January 2020. Burberry's move comes after just two weeks of people-powered campaigning on the brand's social media channels, reaching an audience of millions, while Greenpeace volunteers held protests at stores from Beijing to Mexico City. Burberry joins 18 big brands like Zara, Valentino and H&M who have committed to Detox their clothes and manufacturing processes. More

March 2013: VW have caved in to pressure from across the globe and announced they will meet and support climate targets. VW has now publicly agreed to live up to its promises to be the world's greenest car company, setting an example for the rest of the industry. More

January 2013: The biggest global fashion brand based in Asia, Uniqlo, and its parent company Fast Retailing Group, today committed to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire global supply chain and products by 2020, in response to Greenpeace’s global Detox campaign. More

December 2012: The world’s largest denim brand, Levi’s, committed to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire supply chain and products by 2020, following public pressure in response to Greenpeace’s global Detox campaign. More

November 2012: The world’s largest fashion retailer Zara – and parent company Inditex – today committed to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire supply chain and products by 2020, following public pressure in response to Greenpeace’s Detox campaign. Zara becomes the eighth brand to commit to eliminate releases of all hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chains and products since Greenpeace launched its Detox campaign in 2011. As a part of the commitment Zara is reinforcing the ban on APEOs, and pledges to set further short-term elimination timelines for other priority hazardous chemicals, including PFCs. Most notably, Zara will now require at least 20 suppliers to start releasing pollution discharge data by the end of March 2013, and at least 100 suppliers by the end of 2013. More

October 2012: M&S becomes the seventh brand to make a credible commitment to clean up its supply chain and products and eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals, joining Puma, Nike, Adidas, H&M, C&A and Li-Ning. More brands need to respond to the urgency of the situation and take ambitious action to rid the fashion world and our precious water supplies of toxic chemicals. More

July 2012: KFC bosses in Kentucky remain silent on whether it will cut forest destruction out of its supply chain globally, it looks like one country has gotten tired of waiting for headquarters to respond to our campaign. Following a first meeting between KFC Indonesia and Greenpeace, KFC Indonesia has issued a statement to address the issues of deforestation in its supply chain and declared its decision to suspend purchases from Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) at this time. More

December 2011: Facebook 'friends' renewable energy, sending a message to energy producers to move away from coal. Facebook now has a siting policy that states a preference for access to clean, renewable energy supply for its future data centres – the places where its computers live. Coal power is still a feature of Facebook for now, but as they say in the IT sector – it's been deprecated. See the campaign timeline.

October 2011: Mattel recognized that toy packaging shouldn’t come at the costs of rainforests and tiger habitat. As part of its new commitments, Mattel has instructed its suppliers to avoid wood fiber from controversial sources, including companies “that are known to be involved in deforestation”. Their policy also aims to increase the amount of recycled paper used in their business, as well as to boost the use of wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)More

September 2011: H&M, Adidas, Nike and Puma have committed to eliminate discharges of hazardous chemicals from across their entire supply chains, and their entire product life-cycle by 2020. The Detox campaign launched in July 2011 with the release of the Dirty Laundry report, which documented the results of a year long investigation that uncovered links between major fashion brands and two textile facilities in China found to be discharging hazardous chemicals into the Yangtze and Pearl River Deltas. Further investigations by Greenpeace revealed that shoppers around the world are buying contaminated clothing and unwittingly spreading water pollution when they wash their new garments. The landmark commitments from the 4 brands are an important first step in the journey towards a toxic-free future, and Greenpeace will continue to monitor and work with the brands as they prepare their Detox Action Plans. More

December 2010: After two and a half years of hard work in Japan to expose corruption at the heart of the whaling industry the Fisheries Agency of Japan (FAJ) admitted that their officials received free whale meat from the company contracted to perform the whaling. They conceded that this “kickback” was against their ethics code, apologised to the Japanese public and announced plans to take disciplinary action against five officials. More

May 2010: Nestlé agrees to stop purchasing palm-oil from sources which destroy Indonesian rainforests. The decision caps eight weeks of massive pressure from consumers via social media and non-violent direct action by Greenpeace activists as the company concedes to the demands of a global campaign against its Kit Kat brand. More

October 2009: Apple clears the last hurdle to removing toxic PVC plastic in its new Macbook and iMac, capping the "Green my Apple" campaign with a win and making Apple products safer, easier to recycle and causing less pollution at the end of their life.  More

5 April 2009: After our ongoing anti-nukes push in the region, President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono backed away from longstanding and highly controversial plans to build a nuclear reactor in one of the world's most seismically active countries, saying it would instead develop existing energy sources and explore renewable alternatives before pursuing the nuclear option.

March 2009: The iconic Philippine Rice Terraces in Ifugao Province, a UNESCO Living Cultural Heritage site, was declared a genetically-modified organism (GMO)-Free zone. The historic declaration, which is in line with the province’s commitment to preserve the integrity of the country’s most enduring cultural symbol, was enacted by Ifugao Governor Hon. Teodoro Baguilat Jr. and Banaue Mayor Hon. Lino Madchiw, with the support of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

16 December 2008: President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed the Renewable Energy Law which is intended to accelerate the development and utilization of renewable energy sources in the country.

November 2008: Thai Rice Exporters Association commits to export only GE-free rice in a letter they sent to us.

September 29, 2008: Senators in the Philippines finally passed the Renewable Energy bill, paving the way for enactment of a law that will allow massive uptake of renewable energy, such as wind and solar power, to ensure energy security and to combat climate change.

July 2008: After Greenpeace had been working to support Tapsakae's environmental protection group's fight to stop the construction of new 4,000 megawatts coal-fired power plant in Tapsake district, Prachuab Khiri Khan province, Thailand, the Thai government, led by Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand (EGAT) put the project on hold during the Rainbow Warrior's Quit Coal ship tour in July 2008, where Greenpeace mobilized Tapsakae community to form a human banner proclaiming "Quit Coal".

May 2008: After just three weeks of actions, a hugely popular spoof advert and 115,000 online signatures Unilever changes its position to support a moratorium on cutting down trees in Indonesia for palm oil plantations.

12 July 2006: In a decisive victory that attests to the growing opposition against coal in the country, the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) has conceded to withdraw its plans for an integrated coal mining and mine-mouth power plant project in Isabela after massive opposition from Isabela communities and Greenpeace.

26 June 2006: Dell has become the latest company to promise to remove the worst toxic chemicals from it products, closely following the move of its rival HP. Both companies have been pressured by us to make their products greener and help tackle the growing mountain of toxic e-waste.


12 October 2005: Governor Arnan Panaligan of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines issues Memorandum Circular 150-05 implementing a provincial ban on Genetically Modified Organisms that covers the banning of introduction, demonstration or experimental pursposes of GMOs not covered in the original Environmental Code.

29 April 2005: After persistent online pressure by Greenpeace supporters, Sony Ericsson announces that it will be phasing out toxic chemicals from its products, joining Samsung, Nokia, and Sony as among the first clean electronics companies.

29 October 2004: Greenpeace efforts to achieve tighter controls on the notorious shipbreaking industry result in an international agreement to treat obsolete ships as waste. Treaty commitments by 163 nations can be expected to increase demands for the decontamination of ships prior to their export to the principal shipbreaking countries (China, India, Bangladesh, Philippines and Turkey). The treaty will also create new demand for "green" ship recycling in developed countries.

15 October 2004: Greenpeace secures the protection of the minke whale, the great white shark, and the irrawaddy dolphin at the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) in Bangkok, Thailand.

10 March 2004: The Thai Land Department revokes the deeds of more than 1,300 rai land designated in the Klong Dan wastewater treatment project, signaling a victory in the legal battle against land brokers, Palm Beach Development Klong Dan Marine Fishery, for encroaching upon public land water sources.

20 February 2004: 180 governments agree to establish a global network of protected areas in both sea and land at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2002: The Philippine government halts plans for a 50 megawatt coal-fired power station in Pulupandan, province of Negros.
 
2002:
Greenpeace campaigners prevent the construction of coal plants in Bo Nok and Ban Krut in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.

2001: The Thai Minister of Public Health announces plans to institute the mandatory labeling of genetically modified food.

2001: A UN Treaty banning the use of highly toxic persistent man-made chemicals (Persistent Organic Pollutants or POPs) is adopted after years of negotiation and pressure from Greenpeace.

2001: Together with partner environmental groups and communities, Greenpace successfully pushes for the approval of  the Philippine Ecological Waste Management Act  which mandates the implementation of  front-end  strategies, namely waste reduction, separation and recycling  to solve the country’s waste crisis.

2000: The Biosafety Protocol is adopted in Montreal, Canada. It aims to protect the environment and human health from risks of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) by controlling the international trade of GMOs. Greenpeace has campaigned to stop the irreversible release of GMOs into the environment and to protect biodiversity from genetic pollution since 1995.

1999: Greenpeace` successfully led the campaign to push for the passage of  Republic Act No. 8749, otherwise known as "The Philippine clean Air Act of 1999"  which includes an unprecedented national ban against waste incineration.

1997: Greenpeace receives the UNEP Ozone Award for the development of Greenfreeze, a domestic refrigerator free of ozone-depleting and global warming chemicals.

1996: The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) is adopted at the United Nations.

1994: The Basel Convention is adopted  signaling the end of  exports of toxic waste by iindustrialized countries to the developing world.

1993: A permanent ban is put on dumping of radioactive and industrial wastes at sea.

1990: 39 Antarctic Treaty signatories agree to a 50-year minimum prohibition on all mineral exploitation the Antarctic.

1989: The United Nations places a moratorium on high seas large-scale driftnets.
 
1989: A UN moratorium on high seas large-scale driftnets is passed as a response to the public outrage at indiscriminate fishing practices exposed by Greenpeace.

1988: A worldwide ban on incinerating toxic waste at sea is instituted.

1988: A world-wide ban on incinerating organochlorine waste at sea is agreed by the London Dumping Convention following at sea actions by Greenpeace.

1985: French nuclear testing in the South Pacific again becomes the subject of international controversy, particularly following the sinking of Greenpeace's ship, the Rainbow Warrior, by the French Secret Service.

1982: A global whaling moratorium is adopted by the International Whaling Commission.

1978: Greenpeace actions halt the grey seal slaughter in the Orkney Islands, Scotland.

1975: France ends atmospheric nuclear tests in the Pacific.

1972: After the first Greenpeace action in 1971, the US abandons its nuclear testing grounds at Amchitka Island, Alaska.

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