For Immediate Release:
October 29, 1998
Contact: Kelly Sullivan (Pew Center), (202) 289-5900
Andre Armstrong (CH2M HILL), (303)-713-2425
Lori Fenimore (DuPont), (302)-773-0220
CH2M HILL and DuPont 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 CH2M HILL, a global leader in sustainable design, construction and infrastructure management, and DuPont (NYSE: DD), a global research and technology-based company, are joining the Pew Centerís growing efforts to address the problem of climate change.
As new members of the Pew Centerís Business Environmental Leadership Council, CH2M HILL and DuPont join 18 other companies, many of which rank in the Fortune 500. The group represents a diverse group of corporate interestsincluding auto manufacturing, energy and major appliance and technology producers.
"The decision by DuPont and CH2M HILL to join our effort continues to signal a growing shift in the climate change debate. Although the businesses of these two companies may differ, they recognize 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.
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, both DuPont and CH2M HILL have a significant stake in the climate change debate. CH2M HILL helps public and private clients worldwide realize a greater return on their investment in energy and environmental technologies. In 1991, DuPont voluntarily stepped forward to address the problem of global climate change and is on track to achieve a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for operations by the year 2000.
"DuPont is pleased to be joining the Business Environmental Leadership Council and looks forward to playing an active role," said Dr. Paul Tebo, Vice PresidentSafety, Health and the Environment at DuPont. "Global climate change is a complicated issue that must be dealt with responsibly. The Pew Center serves an invaluable purpose by creating a positive, constructive forum in which we in the business community can act to solve this problem."
"There can be no more important work over the next decade than joining with like-minded businesses to address global climate change in ways that heighten the competitiveness of U.S. industry," said James J. Ferris, president CH2M HILL Energy, Environment & Systems. "We expect the engineering, construction and management skill sets we bring to the Business Environmental Leadership Council to add a unique perspective to this already impressive group."
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.
"We applaud DuPont and CH2M HILL 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.
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; Enron Corp.; Holnam Inc.; Intercontinental Energy Corporation; International Paper; Lockheed Martin; Maytag; The Sun Company; 3M; Toyota; United Technologies; U.S. Generating Company; Weyerhaeuser and Whirlpool.
More information about global climate change and the Pew Centerís activities can be found at their web site, located at www.c2es.org.