Chevron: Ranked World’s Highest Emitter of CO2 and Methane

Chevron´s business activities have an undisputed impact on climate change. The World Meteorological Organization acknowledges man-made climate change and notes that greenhouse gas concentrations reached record highs in 20131. Chevron claims to be addressing climate change and recognizes that fossil fuels are “a contributor to an increase in greenhouse gases (GHGs) – mainly carbon dioxide (CO2) – in the Earth’s atmosphere”2. However, Chevron’s “Policy Principles for addressing Climate Change” affirm the importance of fossil fuels for the energy supply and demands the recognition of the role of “these critical energy sources” by climate policy3. Chevron has been ranked number one of the top twenty investor- and state-owned entities responsible for the highest cumulative and worldwide emissions of industrial carbon and methane between 1854 and 2010, emitting more than 51 billion tons of greenhouse gases over the period4.

 


  1. World Meteorological Organization Greenhouse Gas Bulletin (2014): The State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere – Based on Global Observations through 2013 (accessed 10.9.2014) []
  2. Chevron (2014): Climate Change (accessed 13.10.2014) []
  3. Chevron (2014): Policy Principles for addressing Climate Change (accessed 10.09.2014) []
  4. Heede, R. (2014): Tracing Anthropogenic carbon dioxide and methane emissions to fossil fuel and cement producers; Journal of Climatic Change, vol 122, pg 229-241 (accessed 10.9.2014) []
Affected topics
  • Environmental and Climate protection
Affected norms and standards Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies

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