Greenpeace marks CLP's 'unhappy' birthday for the climate.

Press release - 2005-01-25
Greenpeace descended on the Kowloon headquarters of China Light & Power (CLP) today, to mark its 104th anniversary and over a century of environmental pollution. The green group declared the occasion an "unhappy birthday" for Earth's climate after naming and shaming CLP's coal burning operations all across Asia as a major contributor to climate change.

Greenpeace marks CLP's 'unhappy' birthday for the climate. Greenpeace descended on the Kowloon headquarters of China Light & Power (CLP) today, to mark its 104th anniversary and over a century of environmental pollution. Greenpeace declared the occasion an 'unhappy birthday' for Earth's climate after naming and shaming CLP?s coal burning operations all across Asia as a major contributor to climate change.

Greenpeace descended on the Kowloon headquarters of China Light & Power (CLP) today, to mark its 104th anniversary and over a century of environmental pollution. The green group declared the occasion an "unhappy birthday" for Earth's climate after naming and shaming CLP's coal burning operations all across Asia as a major contributor to climate change.

Four Greenpeace volunteers, in Hawaiian T-shirts to symbolize the over-heated climate, sang an "unhappy birthday" song to CLP. Three volunteers then removed their T-shirts to reveal the slogan: "Stop Global Warming" painted on their bodies. Gloria Chang, Greenpeace Climate & Energy campaigner presented a birthday card to CLP, calling on the company to halt its planned expansion in coal power and to invest in clean renewable energy instead.

Gloria Chang said: "Today is a sad day for the climate as it marks 104 years of CLP's climate crimes. Burning coal destroys our climate. CLP must take responsibility for over a century of causing climate change and stop investing in coal power now."

In 2003 CLP's reported 71,532kT of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were more than the annual emissions of countries like Austria (70,520kT), Portugal (66, 950kT) or Sweden (54,820kT). CO2 is the main gas responsible for causing climate change. Greenpeace estimates that historically CLP has burnt around 198 million tones of coal since its foundation, which translates into as much as 525,648kT of CO2. The environmental group says CLP's plans for future development will significantly worsen their overall emissions of CO2, the main cause of climate change. The company is currently developing more coal power projects in Mainland China and across the Asia-Pacific region.

Gloria Chang continued: "Climate change is happening now: the world is getting hotter and hotter, and we are already paying the social and economic cost. The World Health Organization says Climate change is already killing over 150,000 people each year and it's going to get much worse unless companies like CLP clean up their act. CLP must halt its investments in new coal projects and urgently invest in clean, renewable energy instead."

CLP investment plans include new coal plants in Thailand and Mainland China, including Guangxi, Anhi, Huainan and Shangdong provinces, in which the total installed capacity would be 7434 MW, with the potential release of approximately 50,000kT CO2. Gloria Chang urged CLP to seriously invest in renewable energy and set an ambitious target for renewable energy development. Currently CLP states it wants to develop around 700MW of renewables a figure dwarfed by the 6000MW of new coal it has slated for development at the same time.

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Photos of the activity can be downloaded from:
http://www.greenpeace.org.hk/eng/media_access/CLP104/

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