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Vote For Your Favourite Greenwash

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Spinwatch, in conjunction with Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe and LobbyControl, are running The Worst EU Lobbying and Greenwash Awards 2007. This is your chance to vote for the “most deceptive, misleading, or otherwise problematic lobbying tactics in attempts to influence EU decision-making”.

Nominees in the ‘Worst EU Lobbying’ category are:

  • BMW, Daimler and Porsche for their full-scale lobbying offensive to water-down and delay EU mandatory targets for car CO2 emissions;
  • EU public affairs consultancy Cabinet Stewart for running the International Council of Capital Formation (ICCF) – this so-called ‘unique European think-tank’ is in fact a front group for US-based opponents of the Kyoto Protocol;
  • Viscount Etienne Davignon, for advising EU Development Commissioner Louis Michel about African development issues, even though he sits on the board of Suez – a transnational corporation looking to expand its energy and water business into Africa;
  • The European Public Affairs Consultancies Association (EPACA) for its high-profile counter-campaign against the European Commission’s plans for a lobby transparency register;
  • Repsol for misshaping the EU’s research agenda on agrofuels to fit narrow commercial interests, at the expense of genuine measures to combat climate change.

Nominees in the ‘Worst EU Greenwash’ category are:

  • Airbus for a series of adverts in which passenger jet silhouettes are filled with beautiful landscapes, implying that their planes are green and clean;
  • BAE Systems for promoting deadly weapons as environmentally friendly;
  • ExxonMobil for claiming it is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions while in reality its emissions are increasing;
  • The German Atomic Forum for its campaign “unloved climate protectionists”, exploiting the public’s concern about climate change to promote nuclear energy;
  • Shell for an advert suggesting that their oil refineries emit flowers not smoke.

Cast your votes here. Polls close at midnight on 27 November 2007. Award winners will be invited to receive their awards in person at the festive ‘Worst EU Lobbying’ Awards Ceremony in Brussels on Tuesday 4 December 2007.


Written by Pete Smith

November 16, 2007 at 12:53 pm

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  1. Pity we don’t have a Greenwashing Politicians category. There’d be plenty to choose from there.

    Perhaps Tesco should be included in those nominations. Amongst other green spin, it promised to cut down on it’s plastic but continues to sell a humongous number of products with bomb-proof packaging.

    Then there’d be Richard Branson who is busy greenwashing his jets. He puts out the message that he is researching and investing into renewables in egard to his aviation empire etc. but plans to expand his space travel plans. Am I missing something? I don’t get it.


    November 17, 2007 at 2:32 pm

  2. There is a lot of greenwashing going on. The marketing men are very busy on this. I think this category of the awards is very timely indeed. More investigation into corporate ‘green’ plans will be forth coming now that a number of them have been around for a year or so. Progress should be monitored and reported on by independent ‘green’ auditors.


    November 17, 2007 at 6:37 pm

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