February 21, 2007
World Council of Churches endorses Global Roundtable statement
Here's the Global Roundtable statement issued yesterday.Download GROCC_statement_2-19.pdf . The Roundtable includes senior officials from an array of corporations, universities, religious institutions, and NGOs:
All China Federation of Industry and Commerce
American Association of Blacks in Energy
American Council on Renewable Energy
American Electric Power
Association of British Insurers
Business Leaders Group on Climate Change
California Clean Energy Fund
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Canadian Electricity Association
Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School
Chicago Climate Exchange
China Renewable Energy Industries Association
City of Reykjavík
The Climate Group
The Climate Institute
The Climate Trust
Coalition for Rainforest Nations
Confederation of Indian Industry
Credit Suisse First Boston
Earth Institute at Columbia University
Electricité de France International North America
Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand
Energy Holding Romania
European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasts
European Commission Delegation to the United Nation
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Florida Power and Light
Ford Motor Company
German Electricity Association
Global Energy Network Institute
Global Environment Facility
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Iceland GeoSurvey (ISOR)
Indian Merchants Chamber
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Institute of Process Engineering, ETH Zurich
Insurance Information Institute
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
International Chamber of Commerce
International Council on Mining and Metals
International Energy Agency
International Gas Union
International Research Institute for Climate and Society
International Trade Union Confederation
Landsvirkjun (The National Power Company of Iceland)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratories
Marsh and McLennan Cos.
MissionPoint Capital Partners
Munich Climate Insurance Initiative
Nand and Jeet Khemka Foundation
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
National Commission on Energy Policy
National Development and Reform Commission of China: National Coordination Committee on Climate Change and Energy Research Institute
National Energy Assistance Directors Association
National Council of Churches
Natural Resources Defense Council
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Nippon Mining Holdings
OECD Environment Directorate
Old Harbor Outfitters
Papua New Guinea, Office of the Prime Minister
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Recycled Energy Development
Republic of Iceland, Office of the President
Resources for the Future
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Office of U.S. Senator Olympia J Snowe
Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS)
State Street Global Advisors
StoraEnso North America
Toyota Motor North America
Underground Coal Gasification Partnership
Union of Concerned Scientists
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Environment Programme- Finance Initiative
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat
United States Combined Heat and Power Association
University of Iceland
University of Tokyo
U.S. Green Building Council
U.S. Renewables Group
Verde Venture Partners
Western Governors’ Association
World Business Council on Sustainable Development
World Coal Institute
World Council of Churches
World Liquid Petroleum Gas Association
World Petroleum Council
World Wildlife Fund
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and Environment<>
Here's the executive summary:>
Climate change is an urgent problem requiring global action to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHGs). Energy use is vital for a modern economy. Burning fossil fuels produces CO2. Thus, confronting climate change depends, in many ways, on adopting new and sustainable energy strategies that can meet growing global energy needs while allowing for the stabilization of atmospheric CO2 concentrations at safe levels.>
Energy efficiency must play an important role in these strategies, but long-term success will require a concerted effort to de-carbonize the global energy system. This means significantly increasing the use of non-fossil-fuel energy sources, significantly raising the energy efficiency of fossil-fuel power plants through advanced technologies, and developing and deploying technologies that trap and store the CO2 produced by the fossil fuels that will remain in use.>
Cost-efficient technologies exist today, and others could be developed and deployed, to improve energy efficiency and to help reduce emissions of CO2 and other GHGs in major sectors of the global economy. Research indicates that heading off the very dangerous risks associated with doubling pre-industrial atmospheric concentrations of CO2, while an immense challenge, can be achieved at a reasonable cost.
Failing to act now would lead to far higher economic and environmental costs and greater risk of irreversible impacts. To meet this challenge and take advantage of these opportunities:
- The world's governments should set scientifically informed targets, including an ambitious but achievable interim, mid-century target for global CO2 concentrations, for "stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system," in accordance with the stated objective of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
- All countries should be party to this accord, which should include specific near- and long-term commitments for action in pursuit of the agreed targets. Commitments for actions by individual countries should reflect differences in levels of economic development and GHG emission patterns and the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities.
- Clear, efficient mechanisms should be established to place a market price on carbon emissions that is reasonably consistent worldwide and across sectors in order to reward efficiency and emission avoidance, encourage innovation, and maintain a level playing field among possible technological options.
- Government policy initiatives should address energy efficiency and de-carbonization in all sectors, allow businesses to choose among a range of options as they strive to minimize GHG emissions and costs, encourage the development and rapid deployment of low-emitting and zero-emitting energy and transportation technologies, and provide incentives to reduce emissions from deforestation and harmful land management practices.
- Governments, the private sector, trade unions, and other sectors of civil society should undertake efforts to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change, since climate change will occur even in the context of highly effective mitigation efforts.
- Signatories to this statement will support scientific processes including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); work to increase public awareness of climate change risks and solutions; report information on their GHG emissions; engage in GHG emissions mitigation, which can include emissions trading schemes; champion demonstration projects; and support public policy efforts to mitigate climate change and its impacts.
World Council of Churches (see below)
WCC SUPPORTS GROUNDBREAKING GLOBAL FRAMEWORK TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has endorsed a groundbreaking climate change statement, fruit of an unprecedented consensus among high-level representatives of the corporate world as well as civil, religious and educational institutions.
This statement is "carefully drafted and urgently needed", wrote WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia in a letter endorsing "The Path to Climate Sustainability: A Joint Statement by the Global Roundtable on Climate Change" on behalf of the WCC. The Council "will continue to participate in the process of bringing the concerns this statement addresses to the world", he added.
Endorsed by an unprecedented group of companies and organisations from around the world, the statement calls on governments to set scientifically informed targets for greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. It also urges them to place a price on carbon emissions and to set forth policies aimed at addressing energy efficiency and de-carbonisation in all sectors.
Calling climate change "an urgent problem," the statement lays out a bold, proactive framework for global action to mitigate risks and impacts while also meeting the global need for energy, economic growth and sustainable development. It outlines cost-effective technologies that exist today and others that could be developed and deployed to improve energy efficiency and help reduce CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases.
"The Path to Climate Sustainability" statement has been released today at a press conference in New York chaired by Jeffrey D. Sachs, head of the Global Roundtable on Climate Change (GROCC) and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
Endorsements come from critical stakeholders, including leading corporations from all economic sectors to smaller firms with very different perspectives and concerns; they also include an array of civil, religious, environmental, research and educational institutions as well as a distinguished list of world-leading experts from the fields of climate science, engineering, economics and policy studies. [See a list here.]
"The WCC is anxious to encourage large companies like those included in the Global Roundtable to take action in their own businesses and provide leadership in the private sector that will result in limiting the polluting emissions that are causing climate change", said Dr. David G. Hallman, advisor of the WCC Climate Change Programme.
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