In a report, they denounced that while 63 French owners of great financial wealth emit as much greenhouse gases as half the country’s households, the State choose “to look other way.”
Those billionaires release with their businesses the equivalent of 152 million tons a year of carbon dioxide, which causes global warming, the same amount that emits Denmark, Finland and Sweden altogether, they stressed.
According to the Oxfam and Greenpeace estimates, the Mulliez family alone is responsible for as many polluting gas emissions as 11 percent of French households or the whole population of New Aquitaine, a region inhabited by nearly six million people.
The report explains that this is a new way of measuring the environmental consequences of the participation of billionaires in polluting companies.
Before, greenhouse gas emissions from their lifestyle and consumption were calculated through their yachts, private jets and other sources, it reports.
Oxfam and Greenpeace condemned the fact that French are call upon to make bigger efforts to face climate change, while large companies are not subject to obligations to protect the planet.