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November 22, 2000
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IBM Joins Effort To Mitigate Climate Change - Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council Climbs to 28 Members
Washington, D.C.-The Pew Center on Global Climate Change today announced that IBM has joined the organization's efforts to battle global climate change.
The Pew Center established the Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) with 13 members in May 1998. The addition of IBM brings the BELC's total membership to 28 companies.
Members of the BELC are committed to take steps in their domestic and foreign operations to assess their greenhouse gas emissions and establish programs to reduce those emissions. The BELC considers the Kyoto Protocol a first step in global efforts to mitigate climate change and supports the development of market-based mechanisms as called for in the Kyoto Protocol.
The BELC includes many Fortune 500 companies in a diverse group of industries including energy, chemicals, metal, consumer appliances and high technology. These companies do not contribute financially to the Pew Center, which is supported solely by contributions from charitable organizations.
"The private sector is increasingly taking independent steps to address climate change because companies understand that ignoring the problem could bring greater costs in the long run," said Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center. "The companies that compose the BELC are providing innovative solutions to the climate change problem that many governments, including our own, should recognize."
The other members of the BELC are: ABB; Air Products and Chemicals; Alcoa; American Electric Power; Baxter International; Boeing; BP; CH2M HILL; DTE Energy; DuPont; Enron; Entergy; Georgia-Pacific; Holnam; Intel; Lockheed Martin; Maytag; Ontario Power Generation; PG&E; Rohm and Haas; Shell International; Sunoco; Toyota; United Technologies; Weyerhaeuser, Whirlpool and Wisconsin Electric.
For more information about global climate change and the activities of the Pew Center and the BELC, visit www.c2es.org.
About the Pew Center: The Pew Center was established in May 1998 by the Pew Charitable Trusts, one of the United States' largest philanthropies and an influential voice in efforts to improve the quality of the environment. The Pew Center is a nonprofit, non-partisan and independent organization dedicated to providing credible information, straight answers and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. The Pew Center is led by Eileen Claussen, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.