An: Simonetta Samaruga President of the Swiss Confederation, Lonza SA, Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Valais/Wallis Environmental Department, Lonza SA employees

#Lonzagate - Catalytic converter by 2021

#Lonzagate - Catalytic converter by 2021

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Dear Simonetta Samaruga President of the Swiss Confederation,
Dear Lonza SA,
Dear Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN),
Dear Valais/Wallis Environmental Department,
Dear Lonza SA employees

About two weeks ago, a shocking article appeared in "Das Magazin"(1), uncovering how one single factory is responsible for more than one percent of Switzerland's greenhouse gas emissions. The factory in question is D29, and it is part of the chemical company Lonza SA in Visp.

Our Planet’s Worth
There is a simple solution to the problem: a catalytic converter that would eliminate about 98% of the emissions. However, Lonza refuses to invest in it - it apparently is too expensive for the company. The billion-dollar corporation even goes one step further, and wants to be paid to stop emitting nitrous oxide. This is no doubt a scandal in itself. Shouldn’t our planet and our lives be worth more than the cost of a catalytic converter?

The Climate Emergency in Word And Deed
Our planet is in flames, and we must act now. But instead of doing so, the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the Environmental Department of Valais have been dragging out the Lonza case for years. On a side-note; the Valais Environmental Department has already been involved in a scandal due to its lack of reaction to mercury pollution caused once again by Lonza SA.

Climate activists, employees and employers must now join forces for climate justice, equality and employment. Together, we can make the change towards a world that is environmentally and socially just. Let us stand up for equal rights, effective climate protection and fair working conditions!

Given the gravity of the climate-crisis, the Climate Strike movement calls for an effective and immediate response from all parties involved in the LonzaGate scandal:

1. The catalytic converter must be installed at the plant in Visp in 2021 at the latest.
2. Lonza SA must assume a reasonable part of the cost for the new catalytic converter.
3. None of Lonza SA's employees should have to fear dismissal due to the costs of the converter.
4. The FOEN must revise the the outdated environmental regulations from the 1980s.
5. Lonza shall participate in an open discussion about climate responsibility; the Climate Strike movement offers its assistance.

Warum ist das wichtig?

1) Christoph Lenz, Die Klimaschande von Visp. Retrieved on Nov 10, 2020 from Das Magazin via Tagesanzeiger: