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Press Release: International Paper, Baxter International, Holnam Inc., and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Join BELC

For Immediate Release:
July 29, 1998

Contact:  Kelly Sullivan or Shannon Hunt
              (202) 289-5900

International Paper, Baxter International, Holnam Inc., and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Join New Effort to Solve Climate Change Problem

Move Signals Major Shift in Climate Change Debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Pew Center on Global Climate Change announced today that International Paper, Baxter International, Holnam Inc., and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. are joining the Pew Center's effort to combat the problem of climate change.

As new members of the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council, these companies join other Fortune 500 companies that represent a diverse group of corporate interests - including auto manufacturing, energy and major appliance and technology producers.

"The move by these new companies to join our effort represents a major shift in the climate change debate. There is no denying that there is now a legitimate and forceful presence in the center of this debate, which recognizes that there are solutions to climate change that can keep both the environment and the economy healthy," said Eileen Claussen, executive director of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

Launched in May of this year, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change was established with $5 million in support from one of the nation's largest philanthropies, The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew Center is conducting studies, launching public education efforts, promoting climate change solutions globally and working with businesses to develop marketplace solutions to reduce greenhouse gasses.

As with the current members of the Business Environmental Leadership Council, each of the new companies announced today has a significant stake in the climate change issue:

  • International Paper Company is one of the largest forest products companies in the world;
  • Baxter International is a global medical products and services company that focuses on critical therapies for life threatening conditions;
  • Holnam Inc. is one of North America's leading suppliers of cement and mineral components;
  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. is a global industrial gas and chemical company.

Together, the companies in the Business Environmental Leadership Council have combined revenues is excess of $370 billion.

"We applaud these companies for stepping forward and demonstrating there are steps businesses can and should be taking to address climate change. The Pew Center is looking forward to working with government, industry and the public to find fair and equitable solutions to this very serious problem," said Claussen. Claussen is the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

All members of the Business Environmental Leadership Council are committed to the founding principles of the Pew Center:

  • First, we accept the views of most scientists that enough is known about the science and environmental impacts of climate change for us to take actions to address its consequences.
  • Second, businesses can and should take concrete steps now in the U.S. and abroad to assess their opportunities for emission reductions, establish and meet their emission reduction objectives, and invest in new, more energy-efficient products, practices and technology.
  • Third, the Kyoto agreement represents a first step in the international process, but more must be done both to implement the market-based mechanisms that were adopted in principle in Kyoto and to more fully involve the rest of the world in the solution.
  • Fourth, we can make significant progress in addressing climate change and sustaining economic growth in the United States by adopting reasonable policies, programs and transition strategies.

The founding members of the Business Environmental Leadership Council include: American Electric Power Company, Boeing, British Petroleum, Enron, Intercontinental Energy Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Maytag, Sun Company, 3M Company, Toyota, United Technologies Corporation, U.S. Generating Company, and Whirlpool Corporation.

The Pew Center will run print advertising, beginning Thursday July 30th, in several national publications announcing the new members of the Business Environmental Leadership Council. The advertising will feature the prominent logos of the entire Business Environmental Leadership Council and end with the tagline: "Climate change is serious business - for all of us."

More information about global climate change and the Pew Center's activities can be found at their web site, located at www.c2es.org.

Press Release: United Technologies Announces Global Energy and Water Conservation Program

For Immediate Release:
July 14, 1998

Contact: Tom Andrea, 860-728-7980
             Scott Seligman, 202-336-7424

United Technologies Announces Global Energy and Water Conservation Program

HARTFORD - July 14, 1998 - United Technologies Corp. (UTC) announced today a comprehensive global conservation program that sets aggressive goals for the next decade.

Under the plan, UTC will reduce its energy and water consumption by 25 percent as a percent of sales by the year 2007.

The voluntary conservation plan is the centerpiece of the company's Environment, Health & Safety Progress Report 1997 issued today, and affects United Technologies facilities worldwide.

"This program establishes our environmental leadership position because it is a global, voluntary initiative involving 229 facilities in 36 countries and addresses both energy and water conservation," said Leslie Carothers, UTC's vice president, environment, health & safety.

The plan is the result of a UTC policy established in 1996 requiring its operating units to conserve natural resources in the design, manufacture, use and disposal of products and delivery of services.

The 1997 report sets baselines of energy and water use at UTC manufacturing sites and other key non-manufacturing sites worldwide.

Based on energy audits the company conducted at selected sites, the new energy and water conservation goals reflect the company's commitment to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions at UTC's facilities worldwide.

"We, along with many others, recognize the substantial ambiguities and open questions in research on global climate change," said UTC's Chairman and CEO George David in the report. "But we believe also that the prudent course is to work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

Opportunities for reductions over the next 10 years include co-generation, fuel switching, lighting improvements, the usage of compressed air in manufacturing processes, and employee conservation awareness training. The reductions in water consumption at the targeted facilities will themselves contribute to reduced energy requirements, since each gallon of water used may generate energy demands for pumping, heating, chilling and treatment.

A global reporting structure established by the company in 1997 measures energy and water usage and conservation results; an electronic data base has been established and an intranet training module is being developed to share best management practices and provide useful sources of information for implementation.

United Technologies Corporation provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the building systems, automotive, and aerospace industries. UTC's companies are industry leaders and include Pratt & Whitney, Carrier, Otis, UT Automotive, Sikorsky and Hamilton Standard.

Editor's Note: (UTC's Environment, Health & Safety Progress Report 1997 is available on line at www.utc.com.)

Press Release: Major Corporations Join Efforts to Solve Climate Change Problem

For Immediate Release:
May 7, 1998

Contact: Kelly Sullivan or Shannon Hunt
             (202) 289-5900

Major Corporations Join Efforts to Solve Climate Change Problem

New Pew Center on Global Climate Change Announces Major Advertising Campaign

Washington, D.C. - A number of Fortune 500 companies are joining forces in a new organization to combat climate change backed by $5 million in support from one of the nation's largest philanthropies, The Pew Charitable Trusts. Led by Eileen Claussen, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, the Pew Center On Global Climate Change will undertake studies, conduct public education, promote climate change solutions globally and work with businesses to develop marketplace solutions to reduce greenhouse gasses.

The Pew Center also announced the launch of its television and print advertising campaign. Featuring the logos of 13 prominent corporations, the ads convey their belief that solutions to the problem of climate change can keep both the environment and the economy healthy. The ads end with the tagline: "Climate change is serious business - for all of us."

Eileen Claussen, The Pew Center's Executive Director, said: "Climate change is one of our generation's greatest challenges. Instead of choosing between business and the environment, we want to draw on the ingenuity and expertise of all sectors to both address the climate change problem and sustain economic growth." Claussen promised the Center would bring a pragmatic and positive approach to the problem.

The Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council reflects a diverse representation of corporate interests - including energy, auto manufacturing and major appliance and technology producers. Its founding members include: American Electric Power Company, Boeing, British Petroleum, Enron, Intercontinental Energy Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Maytag, Sun Company, 3M Company, Toyota, United Technologies, U.S. Generating Company, and Whirlpool Corporation. Together, these companies' combined revenues exceed $340 billion - an amount larger than the entire economy of either Russia or the Netherlands.

As part of the Pew Center launch, Members of the Business Environmental Leadership Council today released a joint statement expressing their position on climate change. The statement reads:

  • First, we accept the views of most scientists that enough is known about the science and environmental impacts of climate change for us to take actions to address its consequences.
  • Second, there are steps businesses can and should be taking now in both the U.S. and abroad to assess emission reduction opportunities, establish and meet emission reduction objectives, and invest in more energy-efficient products, practices and technology.
  • Third, the Kyoto agreement represents a first step in the international process, but more must be done both to implement market-based mechanisms that were adopted in principle in Kyoto and to more fully involve the rest of the world in the solution.
  • Fourth, we can make significant progress in addressing climate change and sustain economic growth in the United States by adopting reasonable policies, programs and transition strategies.

"We believe that the debate on climate change has suffered from too much polarization and too little objective analysis," said Rebecca Rimel, President of The Pew Charitable Trusts. "We believe the Center's research and education capabilities will lead to a more vibrant, engaging and productive debate, and help policy makers in the U.S. and around the world agree upon realistic and effective solutions." The Philadelphia-based philanthropy is recognized for investing in initiatives that encourage and support citizen participation in addressing critical issues and effecting social change.

More information about global climate change and the Pew Center can be found on our web site, located at www.c2es.org in the near future.

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