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國際金融業對上八大工業國 敦促進行大規模溫室氣體減量措施

2007年06月11日
摘譯自2007年6月6日ENS瑞士報導;吳萃慧編譯;蔡麗伶審校

The coal-burning Bruce Mansfield power plant in Pennsylvania (Photo courtesy Kiyo Komoda)6日起在德國舉行八大工業國高峰會議(G8 Summit)。會中23個金融服務公司總裁要求這八大工業化最深的國家,允諾大幅度減少排放引發地球暖化的溫室氣體。

他們擔心如同脫韁野馬般的氣候變遷很可能導致天災的增加,對社會及環境造成莫大的傷害,包含經濟上每年損失甚至可能在2040年達到1兆美元。

這些「聯合國環境規劃署金融業與永續發展專案」的會員公司,在德國海利根達姆的八大工業國高峰會議表示:「對氣候變遷的認知已有巨大改變,它被普遍認為是有史以來最大的市場失敗」。

23個金融業的代表簽署了「金融服務業氣候變遷宣言」,這些代表包括銀行、保險與再保公司總裁、董事長、總經理。這份宣言要求八大工業國元首在2009年之前,正式將溫室氣體減排目標納入各國的政策中。

這些金融高層人士建議:將英國及歐盟所設定的減排標準,作為所有工業國的主要目標。這個標準預定分別在2020年及2050年之前強制減少20-30%及60-80%的排放量。「金融服務業氣候變遷宣言」的簽署展現了這這些金融業者對於永續管理與限制他們溫室氣體排放量的承諾。

這個行動也反應了全球商業與工業界對氣候變遷的關注。這個宣言內容的完成歷時6個月,是由包括杜克電力公司(Duke Power)、愛爾克鋁業(Alcoa)、與奇異電器公司(General Electric)的許多美國公司與非營利組織大合作的成果。目標是建立「美國氣候行動聯盟(United States Climate Action Partnership)」,同時號召減排管制行動。

Financial Sector to G8: Deep Climate Emissions Cuts Needed Now
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 6, 2007 (ENS)

As the G8 Summit opens in Germany today, the heads of 23 financial service companies are urging the world's eight most industrialized countries to agree on deep cuts to the emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for the planet's rising temperature.

They fear that unchecked climate change is likely to lead to an increase in climate-related disasters, with "grave social and environmental harm," including annual economic losses that could rise as high as US$1 trillion by 2040.

The companies, members of the UN Environment Programme's Finance Initiative, said today in a statement to the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm, "There has been a seismic shift in how climate change is perceived and it is widely considered to be the greatest market failure ever."

The "Declaration on Climate Change by the Financial Services Sector," is signed by 23 CEOs, presidents, chairmen and managing directors of banks, insurance and re-insurance companies. It calls on the G8 heads of state to formally adopt emission reduction targets no later than 2009.

The financial executives suggest that proposals by the UK and the European Union, setting out mandatory emission reductions of between 20 percent and 30 percent by 2020 and 60 percent to 80 percent by 2050, should be central to all industrialized country goals.

The signatories of the UNEP FI declaration affirm their own commitment to sustainable management and limitation of their own greenhouse gas emissions.

The move reflects growing global interest from business and industry for action on climate change. Today's statement comes some six months after large corporations in America, including Duke Power, Alcoa and General Electric joined forces with NGOs to establish the United States Climate Action Partnership along with calls for emissions controls.

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