Press Release: ABB, Entergy and Shell International Join Growing Corporate Effort to Address Climate Change

For Immediate Release:
February 10, 1999

Contact: Kelly Sullivan (Pew Center), (202) 289-5900 
             Bill Kelly (ABB), (203) 750-2246 
             Carol Clawson (Entergy), (504) 576-4238 
             James Herbert (Shell), 011-44-171-934-2713

ABB, Entergy and Shell International Join Growing Corporate Effort to Address Climate Change:  Move Signals Growing Shift in Climate Change Debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pew Center on Global Climate Change announced today that ABB, the international engineering and technology group; Entergy, a global energy company; and Shell International, a unit of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of companies; are joining the Pew Center's growing efforts to address the problem of climate change.

As new members of the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council, ABB, Entergy and Shell International join 19 other companies, many of which rank in the Fortune 500. The group represents a diverse group of corporate interests - including auto manufacturing, energy and major appliance and technology producers.

"The decision by these three global leaders to join our effort continues to signal a growing shift in the climate change debate. These businesses, representing diverse sectors, have recognized the serious challenges created by climate change and have committed to working towards solutions that can keep both the environment and the economy healthy," said Eileen Claussen, executive director of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

The Pew Center was established in May 1998 by the Pew Charitable Trusts, one of the nation's largest philanthropies and an influential voice in efforts to improve the quality of America's environment. 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, ABB, Entergy and Shell International have a significant stake in the climate change debate. At the World Energy Congress in Houston last fall, and in the European press, ABB has called on industry to join a market-based pilot project to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Entergy has consistently demonstrated its commitment to clean energy and clean air. As an active participant in the U.S. Department of Energy's Climate Challenge program, Entergy has committed to eliminating over five million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2000 through improvements in nuclear unit availability, capacity upgrades, fossil plant efficiency upgrades, CFC recovery and recycling efforts, renewable generation, and energy efficiency services.

"This is a natural step for us," said Aidan Murphy, Climate Change Adviser for the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of companies. "Before COP4 in Buenos Aires, we set out our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our operations by 10% by 2002, and we will do that. We also committed to play our part in the public policy debate and the Pew Center is ideally placed to help us do that. Its study on the need for legislation to ensure companies are given credit for actions taken in response to the climate change issue is an important example of the enabling framework that will be needed to encourage early action in reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

"Cooperation is the key to making realistic progress on this issue," said Peter Janson, president and chief executive officer of ABB Inc. (USA). "We are delighted to join the strong coalition the Pew Center has put together."

"As a premier global energy company, Entergy must take a leadership role in establishing public policies surrounding global climate change issues that effectively minimize greenhouse gas emissions yet maintain a healthy business environment. Entergy currently has one of the best environmental records in the region and continues to factor environmental stewardship into its business decisions. The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has quickly become a significant voice in this important debate and Entergy is pleased to be part of the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council, said Robert v.d. Luft, Entergy Chairman. 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.

"ABB, Entergy and Shell International should be applauded for stepping forward and demonstrating that businesses can take steps 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.

The additional members of the Business Environmental Leadership Council include: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.; American Electric Power Company; Baxter International Inc.; Boeing; BP America; CH2M HILL; DuPont; Enron Corp.; Holnam Inc.; Intercontinental Energy Corporation; International Paper; Lockheed Martin; Maytag; The Sun Company; Toyota; United Technologies; U.S. Generating Company; Weyerhaeuser and Whirlpool.

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