Alstom the 'Global Warming Contractor'

Energy market giant dumps dirty technology on the Philippines

Feature story - 3 July, 2002
Greenpeace wants to remind shareholders attending Alstom's annual general meeting in Paris that the company makes money by selling dirty, polluting coal-based technology to the South.

Greenpeace protest at Alstom's Philppines headquarters.

Greenpeace's "Choose Positive Energy" activists in Manila dressed inbusiness suits and snorkel gear and paraded with banners outsideAlstom's head office for the Philippines. They want to remind Alstomthat raised ocean levels, increased flooding, drought and coralbleaching are consequences their country will face as a result ofclimate change. (Coal-fired power generation is a major contributor togreenhouse gases emissions which cause climate change.)

"It is time for Alstom to meaningfully embrace viable sustainablealternatives such as solar energy and wind power," said AthenaBallesteros, Greenpeace climate campaigner in Southeast Asia.

The majority of Alstom's resources are used to produce equipment toprocess fossil fuels, which are responsible for climate change. Lessthan one percent of Alstom's resources go to developing renewableenergy alternatives. This is shameful, and it makes Alstom accountablefor the growing impacts of global warming across the world.

The list of Amstom's dirty-technology provisions to coal plants inthe Philippines is long. It includes the notorious mercury-spewing600-MW plant of NAPOCOR in Calaca, Batangas, a 203-MW coal plant inNaga, Cebu and the 1200-MW coal burning behemoth of Sual, Pangasinan.

Alstom is also a major supplier of the highly controversial andcorruption-tainted Three Gorges Dam of China. With estimated grossearnings of about 23 billion Euros last year, Alstom is one of themajor players in the global energy market.

Greenpeace energy campaigner Red Constantino said, "Alstom shouldplay the role of renewable energy leader in countries like thePhilippines instead of pushing for large-scale polluting power plants.We welcome renewable energy investments but we reject the expansion ofcoal investments."

One such investment is the proposed 50-MW coal plant at Pulupandan,in the Philippine province of Negros Occidental. Despite thecancellation of the project's environmental permit and the freeze ofits investment registration papers, Alstom continues to insist onjoining the project. The province of Negros Occidental has vastrenewable energy resources. Commercially viable wind power from onesite alone in Negros carries a 180-MW potential capacity.

Greenpeace today announced that its ship MV Arctic Sunrise willarrive in the Philippines on July 17, on the southern leg of the ChoosePositive Energy tour. The ship will visit the Philippines and Thailand,where communities are rejecting the dirty energy technology of coalfired power stations, and demanding clean renewable energy fill thegrowing demand. The Greenpeace flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, ispresently campaigning in the North Sea against nuclear and fossil fuelenergy on the northern leg of the Choose Positive Energy Tour.

The Choose Positive Energy Tour is part of Greenpeace's countdown to the Johannesburg Earth Summit.

For more information

'Edison out', a Greenpeace report on another company's attempt to take dirty coal-fired energy to Thailand.