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Pinocchio Climate Awards 2015

The Pinocchio Awards are organised by Friends of the Earth France, in partnership with the CRID and Peuples Solidaires-Action Aid France.  These organizations state that these awards aim to "highlight and denounce the negative impact of multinational companies" and "the gap between their discourse and concrete activities."

This year, the Pinocchio Awards focus on companies having an impact on climate and communities throughout the world.

The following companies are nominated in three categories:

Local impacts

Anglo American

- More details here

- See Anglo American's January 2015 response on Cerrejón and its impacts on the environment

BNP Paribas

- More details here

Shell

- More details here

- See Shell's May 2015 response about its approach to climate change

Lobbying

Avril

- More details here

Chevron

- More details here

- See Chevron's response on the lawsuit regarding oil pollution in Ecuador

Total

- More details here

- See Total's June 2015 response (in French) on the social and environmental impacts of its activities

Greenwashing

EDF

- More details here

- See EDF's July 2015 response (in French) on the social and environmental impacts of its activities

Engie

- More details here

Yara

- More details here

The awards ceremony will take place on 3 December at 7pm in Paris, France.

 

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2 November 2015

Anglo American nominated for 2015 Pinocchio Climate Awards for local impacts of El Cerrejón coal mine

Author: Pinocchio Awards

Anglo American is one of the largest mining companies in the world, and joint-owner of the largest – and most infamous – open-pit coal mine in existence: El Cerrejón [part of Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Glencore], in Colombia. In spite of the history of violence, pollution and misery created by coal extraction in the region, Anglo American has been planning to expand the mine’s operations. [Residents of Tobacco, La Guajira]…were forcibly expelled from their homes to make way for the expansion of the El Cerrejón mine…the village was [then] completely destroyed… [If] the mine will once again have to be expanded…people will be displaced. And once again, the wider social and environmental impacts on local communities will increase...Access to clean water is also a concern around the mine…Air and noise pollution is severe. Respiratory diseases and cancer are widespread according to local residents. Noise is incessant, and explosions in the mine rattle surrounding houses, putting some residents in a state of almost permanent stress.[Previous response from Anglo American on Cerrejón and its impacts on the environment is available here.]

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2 November 2015

Chevron nominated for 2015 Pinocchio Climate Awards for pushing fracking agenda in Argentina & worldwide

Author: Pinocchio Awards

Oil giant Chevron has embarked on a global push for fracking, often with the support of US diplomats. In Argentina, Chevron has used lobbying, political connections and intolerable tactics to push its fracking agenda and protect its interests…Chevron has been working hard to convince governments in Europe and South America to give it free rein to frack…[Fracking] has been linked to ground-water contamination, serious health impacts, seismic instability, and increased methane leakages leading to significantly higher carbon emissions overall than other fossil fuels, including coal…[Local] resistance and disappointing findings have…seen Chevron abandon all Eastern European operations…In Argentina, however, Chevron has found a much more malleable ground for its fracking push. It is a key partner of the government’s and state-controlled firm YPF’s relentless efforts to develop unconventional oil and gas in Patagonia at any cost…

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2 November 2015

Total nominated for 2015 Pinocchio Climate Awards for promoting gas in Argentina & other countries

Author: Pinocchio Awards

French fossil fuel giant Total is leading a full-scale lobbying offensive to promote gas, including unconventional gas from fracking, as a solution to climate change. It is doing so with underhand and dirty tactics such as taking over two of the main renewable energy trade associations in Europe. Pushing for gas will only lock Europe into fossil fuel dependency –– whilst misdirecting investment away from…community-owned renewables and improved energy efficiency…With a full-scale lobbying and public relations offensive, Total are attempting to re-brand a dirty fossil fuel, gas, as the ‘cleanest of fossil fuels’…Total’s big push for gas is not about concern for the climate crisis, but concern for their pockets...[Total has] gas operations in countries such as Argentina, Australia, Algeria and the UK. Fracking often leads to ground-water contamination, serious health impacts, seismic instability, methane leakages, and significantly higher carbon emissions overall than other fossil fuels…[Previous response from Total on the social and environmental impacts of its activities sia avilable here (in French).]

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5 November 2015

Pinocchio Climate Awards 2015: voting opens for dirtiest corporate Pinocchio

Author: Friends of the Earth, Corporate Europe Observatory & ActionAid France

Some of the largest and most influential companies in the world are up for public vote, which opens today, for awards in three categories – lobbying, greenwashing and impacts on communities. Nominees include sponsors of the UN climate talks BNP-Paribas, EDF and Engie, who have significant investments in dirty energy, from fossil fuels to nuclear energy...Nominees include those whose activities are harming communities worldwide, with Shell nominated for its legacy of environmental and social devastation in Nigeria. Other nominees are Total, the oil and gas giant, for infiltrating the European renewables lobby, Avril for pushing biofuels, Chevron, Yara and mining company Anglo-American...Pascoe Sabido, researcher and campaigner for Corporate Europe Observatory said: These Pinnochios show the immense damage to poor communities and efforts to tackle climate change being inflicted by unaccountable corporations. Those causing the problem should not be deciding how we fix it. It's time we kicked the Big Polluters out of climate negotiations at the UN and national level”...

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3 December 2015

Chevron, EDF and BNP-Paribas crowned climate Pinocchios of 2015!

Author: Pinocchio Awards

Chevron, EDF and BNP-Paribas have been awarded Pinocchio Climate Awards today for their roles in undermining climate action and harming local communities. The winners, announced at a ceremony in Paris after a month of public voting, include two sponsors of the COP21 international climate talks…

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