Press Release: Three More Companies Join The Fight Against Climate Change

For Immediate Release:  
June 28, 2001

Contact: Katie Mandes, 703-516-4146
Dale Curtis, 202-777-3530

Three More Companies Join The Fight Against Climate Change

Washington, D.C.—Three more companies are joining the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), in another sign of industry commitment to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The new BELC members are:

  • Cinergy Corp. of Cincinnati, OH, one of the leading diversified energy companies in the United States;
  • Deutsche Telekom of Bonn, Germany, and New York, NY, Europe's largest telecommunications company; and
  • John Hancock Financial Services of Boston, MA, one of the largest insurance and investment companies in the United States.

T hese three companies will join 33 others that already comprise the BELC, bringing the total to 36. Just last month, London-based Rio Tinto, one of the world largest mining companies, became the first mining company to join the environmental leadership council.

"While the governments of the world are continuing to talk about global climate change, these companies are taking action," said Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. "Like the other members of the BELC, they believe the costs of inaction are greater than the costs of taking steps to protect future generations. And they are coming up with cost-effective, pro-growth solutions that all governments, including our own, should recognize as a basis for domestic and international policy decisions."

Members of the BELC believe enough is known about the science and environmental impacts of climate change to take action to address its consequences. They are committed to taking steps in their U.S. and international operations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. They believe it is possible to address climate change and sustain global economic growth by adopting reasonable policies and transition strategies. And they support further negotiations to develop an international climate change regime that is efficient, effective and fair to all nations.

The corporations that compose the BELC include various Fortune 500 companies, and represent a diverse group of industries including energy, chemicals, metal, consumer appliances and high technology. These corporations do not contribute financially to the Pew Center, which is supported solely by contributions from charitable organizations.

The other members of the BELC are: ABB; Air Products and Chemicals; Alcoa; American Electric Power; Baxter International; Boeing; BP; California Portland Cement Co.; CH2M HILL; Cummins Inc.; DTE Energy; DuPont; Enron; Entergy; Georgia-Pacific; Holnam; IBM; Intel; Interface Inc.; Lockheed Martin; Maytag; Ontario Power Generation; PG&E Corporation; Rio Tinto; Rohm and Haas; Royal/Dutch Shell; Sunoco; Toyota; TransAlta Corp.; United Technologies; Weyerhaeuser, Whirlpool and Wisconsin Energy Corporation.

For more information about global climate change and the activities of the Pew Center and the BELC companies, visit www.c2es.org.

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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 an independent, nonprofit, and non-partisan 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.