The net closes in on the biggest climate polluters

Greenpeace Statement on the 11th December conference of parties to the human rights and climate change petition in the Philippines

Press release - December 12, 2017
Quezon City – The conference of parties to the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines’ national inquiry on the impact of climate change on the human rights of the Filipino and the responsibility of the ‘Carbon Majors’ was held yesterday, 11 December 2017.

In response to the proceedings, Yeb Saño, petitioner and Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said:

“The net closes in on the biggest climate polluters. Justice will be delivered to the communities living on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

“The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines made a historical move by asserting its clear and explicit authority and jurisdiction to investigate all forms of human rights violations, including human rights violations resulting from climate change, in this national inquiry involving 47 investor-owned carbon producers, including BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ENI, ExxonMobil, Glencore, OMV, Repsol, Sasol, Shell, Suncor, Total, and RWE.

“The Commission will proceed with public hearings in 2018, despite the refusal of most of the big polluters to so far participate meaningfully. Companies that opt out of the proceedings lose the opportunity to demonstrate commitment to climate protection and respect for human rights. Let’s hope that their New Year’s resolution is to become a part of the solution by showing up at the public hearings in 2018 and addressing climate change in their business practices.

“This decision by the Commission reflects the growing uncertainty about the future of the fossil fuel industry. In November, a German court ruled that it is possible for a private company to be held liable for its share of climate damages, allowing a Peruvian farmer to proceed with his climate claim against RWE, Europe’s biggest single emitter of CO2. The decisions in Germany and the Philippines signal the end of the age of fossil fuels.”

 

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For more information, contact:

JP Agcaoili, Communications and Digital Manager, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines, email: ; tel. +63 949 889 1334

Martin Baker, Communications Manager - Climate Justice and Liability Project, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, (based in Hong Kong), email: ; tel. +852 91449267

For more information about the 11 December 2017 conference of parties: http://www.greenpeace.org/seasia/ph/press/releases/Worlds-first-human-rights-investigation--into-corporate-responsibility-for-climate-change-intensifies/

For details on the investigation: http://www.greenpeace.org/seasia/ph/press/releases/Worlds-largest-carbon-producers-ordered-to-respond-to-allegations-of-human-rights--abuses-from-climate-change/The-Climate-Change-and-Human-Rights-Petition/

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