WWF-Canada

WWF-Canada

June 04, 2007 16:00 ET

Canada Joins US as Worst Performer on Climate Change-WWF

BERLIN, GERMANY--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) - The US and Canada come in last under WWF's Climate Scorecards, which rate each of the G8 countries' performance on climate change. The US's bottom ranking underscores a disconnect between President Bush's announcement last week and ongoing US attempts to block progress at G8 negotiations aimed at stopping dangerous climate change, says WWF.

WWF's Climate Scorecards give a comparable snapshot of climate policies in G8 countries, covering recent and expected emissions, and key response activities by G8 governments. The three top performers are Germany, France, and the UK, though each is likely to see increases in emissions if more aggressive policies and measures are not implemented soon. New up-to-date information is also provided on the climate actions of the world's largest emerging economies - Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and South Africa.

"By presenting climate promises without action, the Bush administration undermines German Chancellor Merkel's effort to secure a meaningful agreement at G8." says Hans Verolme, Director of WWF's Global Climate Change Programme. "Canada must break ranks with the US to restore its former reputation as a leader on climate change."

According to the analysis, the US and Canada have yet to begin limiting emissions of heat trapping gasses in a timeframe that will avoid dangerous climate change.

In an effort to spark global action, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling on fellow heads of government to reach a landmark deal at the G8 Summit in Germany. This should include a commitment to keep global warming below 2 degreesC, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half before mid-century compared to 1990 levels, and secure the long-term viability of carbon markets. The continuation of the UN climate change process should be the foundation, including a strong outcome at UN talks in Bali in December this year.

"Despite President Bush's proposal, US negotiators continue to oppose virtually all G8 proposals that would go beyond voluntary agreements", said Hans Verolme. "Canada is tacitly supporting the US by signalling it will sign up to only the weakest of climate declarations."

"The market has put much faith in the global emission trading scheme", said Hans Verolme. "The market value of emission trading could hit the 20 billion US-Dollar mark at this year. We therefore need a post-Kyoto regime to continue this market-based mechanism to reduce CO2 emissions. The politicians should not betray the trust the markets have placed in them."

EDITORS NOTES

1. Global financial services provider Allianz has co-commissioned the score-cards to get a better understanding of the progress that G8 member states make in their climate change policies.

2. WWF's G8 Scorecards can be downloaded at www.panda.org/climate/g8.

3. Scorecards are also provided for major developing countries (Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa), where a number of initiatives are already underway. These five countries are expecting large growth of emissions in the future and the question remains how G8 countries will assist them in developing in a less carbon intensive manner. These countries have not been scored in the same manner as G8 due to their different national circumstances and level of development.

4. Interviews for radio, TV and print are available with our spokespeople. To book interviews with Hans Verolme, Director of WWF's Global Climate Change Programme, you can contact him on m +1 202 492 7358.

5. For broadcast-standard video supporting this press release, please visit www.thenewsmarket.com/wwf. If you are a first-time user, please take a moment to register. In case you have any questions, please email wwf@thenewsmarket.com.

6. For more information on WWF's Global Climate Change Programme go to http://www.panda.org/climate.

Contact Information

  • WWF-Canada
    Julia Langer
    Director of Global Threats
    (647) 400-9579
    or
    WWF-Canada
    Lorne Johnson
    Director of the Ottawa Bureau
    (613) 232-8706
    or
    WWF International Global Climate Change Programme
    Martin Hiller
    Communications Manager
    +41 79 347 2256
    Email: mhiller@wwfint.org