Rebecca Solnit: This is a crossroads

September 21, 2020By OCI TeamBlog Post

This is a crossroads. The fires, the floods, the heat, the melting tell us how urgent it is. But the financial and industry news tells us that urgency has somewhere to go: to push harder to defang and dismantle the fossil fuel industry, and to protect communities along the way.

Export Development Canada’s Role in Bailing Out the Oil and Gas Sector

July 22, 2020By OCI TeamBriefings, Stop Funding Fossils

Canada’s export bank, Export Development Canada (EDC), already provides on average nearly fourteen billion dollars in support to oil and gas companies each year. As a result, Canada ranks second highest among G20 countries in public finance for fossil fuels. Now the federal government is using EDC to channel even more support to the oil and gas sector, which has been intensely lobbying the government for a bailout package of up to $30 billion.

Distributed Funds for Distributed Renewable Energy: Ensuring African Energy Access Finance Reaches Local Actors

July 21, 2020By OCI TeamBriefings, Featured, Stopping Carbon Lock-In 1 Comment

Communities in Africa have generally contributed the least to climate change, been undermined the most by international trade and finance policies, and have a right to better international support for distributed renewable energy. In order to reach universal energy access before the 2030 target set by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, international public finance institutions have an urgent responsibility to provide more funding and better financial transparency and tracking for distributed renewable energy. Additionally, they have a responsibility to foster local participation in and ownership of distributed renewable energy initiatives. This briefing provides recommendations for how international public finance institutions can fulfill this responsibility, while revealing that from 2016 to 2018, fossil fuels received more than 3.5 times the support than all kinds of renewable energy did during this period.

Briefing: Overseas players should not dominate distributed renewable energy sector in Africa

July 21, 2020By OCI TeamNews, Press Releases, Stopping Carbon Lock-In

A new briefing released by Oil Change International details how the growth of distributed renewable energy in Africa has so far failed to include locally-owned companies and initiatives. The sector has been growing rapidly since 2013 — especially for companies focused on “pay-as-you-go” solar home systems — but finance has overwhelmingly only been accessible for multinational companies that are based in Europe or North America or led by entrepreneurs from these regions, meaning profits are largely not remaining in Africa.