Biggest climate change polluters identified
65% of industrial CO2 emissions produced by just 50 companies
Greenpeace Philippines have filed a complaint with the UN Commission on Human Rights against 50 privately owned multinational companies.
Campaigners say that, “Climate change interferes with the enjoyment of our fundamental rights as human beings. Hence, we demand accountability of those contributing to climate change.”
Campaigners from around the world converged in Manila on Tuesday to hand in a 40 page petition demanding “big polluters” to be held accountable for contributing to climate change.
Pictured: Petition being handed over in Manila
The demands came after a report earlier this year from Climate Accountability Institute (CAI), found that since 1751, just 90 organisations (made up of 50 private companies, 31 state-owned companies and nine nations) dubbed “Carbon Majors” have produced 65 percent of the world's total industrial carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The CAI project quantifies and “traces for the first time the lion’s share of cumulative global CO2 and methane emissions since the industrial revolution began to the largest multinational and state-owned producers of crude oil, natural gas, coal and cement,”
The report goes onto say that, “this has led to the most rapid increase in atmospheric CO2 of the last 3 million years and the highest concentration of CO2 of the last 800,000 years.”
The top 10 Carbon Majors listed in the report are: Chevron, Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, British Petroleum (BP), Gazprom, Royal Dutch Shell, National Iranian Oil Company, Pemex, Coal India and ConocoPhilips.
Greenpeace said that these Carbon Majors should be held accountable for the damage they are indirectly causing by contributing to climate change.
“Nearly two-thirds of global industrial CO2 emissions since the industrial revolution can be traced to fuels and cement produced by only 90 specific entities,” Richard Heede of the CAI said.
Adding “Significant changes to the world’s agricultural productivity, hydrology, desertification, extreme weather, droughts, heat waves, species extinctions, and rising seas are already detected and attributed to human use of nature’s abundant stores of carbon fuels.”
Most of the companies listed above feature on our current Boycott list >