Flying the flag for climate protection
initiative "e-mission 55" demands implementation of Kyoto Protocol
As a clear declaration in support of the climate agreements of Kyoto, an international business initiative for climate protection is currently being formed in the run-up to the UN Climate Conference in Bonn (16 to 27 July 2001). "e-mission 55 - Business for Climate" has been founded by e5, the European Business Council for a Sustainable Energy Future. Its aim is to request negotiating parties at the Climate Conference in Bonn to draw up clear political resolutions in favour of the Kyoto Protocol. The objective is to attract at least 55 companies that are prepared to play a constructive role in the climate debate. A series of PR events and actions is planned within the scope of the conference in Bonn.
The initiators include Deutsche Telekom AG, Gerling-Konzern and Solar World AG. "e-mission 55" consists of the components "emission", "mission" and "55", whereby 55 stands for the number of countries and the percentage of emissions from industrial states which, according to the Kyoto Protocol of 1997, are necessary to put the climate agreement into force. At the same time, the objective is to win 55 international companies that are willing to sign a "Business for Climate Declaration" together with the initiators.
The initiative wants to send a signal from the business world to politics in order to push the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. Economic disadvantages such as those forecast by the US government for instance, are not feared by participating companies - on the contrary. The companies see investments in climate protection as a way of promoting innovations and safeguarding the future on a competitive basis. The initiative plans a range of actions and events before and during the UN Climate Conference in Bonn. The "Business for Climate Declaration" will be presented within the scope of a business round-table in Berlin on 5 July.
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