Der Guardian hat die 20 Firmen ermittelt, die weltweit für nicht weniger als 35% aller Treibhausgas-Emissionen verantwortlich sind. Die Recherche ähnelt ihrer Datenanalyse von vor zwei Jahren, als sie 100 Firmen ermittelten, die für insgesamt 71% aller Emissionen verantwortlich waren. Das hier sind sozusagen die 1% der Klimaverpester. Gazprom ist auf dem dritten Platz dieser 20 Firmen. Ihr wisst schon: Gerhard Schröder-Gazprom. Tja.
Guardian: Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions, What do we know about the top 20 global polluters?, Kommentar von Richard Heede: It’s time to rein in the fossil fuel giants before their greed chokes the planet, Ausreden-Sammlung der Öl-Industrie: Climate emergency: what the oil, coal and gas giants say
Chevron topped the list of the eight investor-owned corporations, followed closely by Exxon, BP and Shell. Together these four global businesses are behind more than 10% of the world’s carbon emissions since 1965.
Twelve of the top 20 companies are state-owned and together their extractions are responsible for 20% of total emissions in the same period. The leading state-owned polluter is Saudi Aramco, which has produced 4.38% of the global total on its own.
Michael Mann, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, said the findings shone a light on the role of fossil fuel companies and called on politicians at the forthcoming climate talks in Chile in December to take urgent measures to rein in their activities.
“The great tragedy of the climate crisis is that seven and a half billion people must pay the price – in the form of a degraded planet – so that a couple of dozen polluting interests can continue to make record profits. It is a great moral failing of our political system that we have allowed this to happen.”
The global polluters list uses company-reported annual production of oil, natural gas, and coal and then calculates how much of the carbon and methane in the produced fuels is emitted to the atmosphere throughout the supply chain, from extraction to end use.