This 10th annual “Banking on Climate Change” fossil fuel finance report card reveals that overall bank financing continues to be aligned with climate disaster, and that financing for fossil fuels has increased every year since the Paris Agreement was signed.
A report released today endorsed by over 160 organizations around the world reveals that 33 global banks have provided $1.9 trillion to fossil fuel companies since the adoption of the Paris climate accord.
Program Director Alex Doukas said, “David Malpass is a dreadful nominee for the World Bank President. Malpass was Chief Economist of Bear Stearns as the company led the economy off the cliff into a global financial crisis. That tells you all you need to know about David Malpass’ ability as an economic steward.”
“Under President Kim, the World Bank Group demonstrated a degree of climate leadership by announcing an end to financing for oil and gas extraction, and by starting to tighten its rules on lending to private banks who then invest that money in fossil fuels. The World Bank Group still has a long way to go on climate action, and Kim’s departure should not put a stop to this recent progress.”
“If MDBs follow through on this commitment, we would expect the EBRD’s brand-new strategy to be obsolete within a year, given what will be required to truly align with the Paris Agreement ambition to limit warming to 1.5°C,” said Alex Doukas, Program Director at Oil Change International.
The World Bank Group released new climate targets for 2021-2025, aiming to provide and mobilize $200 billion in support of countries’ climate action. Members of the Big Shift Global coalition react to this announcement.
The twin challenges of air pollution and climate change demand a rapid transition away from fossil fuels, and a particularly rapid phase-out of coal-fired power plants. Despite this, the Korean government continues to be among the biggest backers of coal-fired power plants around the world.
A new analysis finds that overseas coal-fired power plants supported by Korea’s public finance institutions could cause as much as 27 trillion KRW (nearly USD 25 billion) in annual damage to people’s health and the climate.
While the MDBs endorsed the Sustainable Development Goals, this new report shows that from 2014 through 2017, MDBs directed just 2% of their energy finance toward the off-grid and mini-grid energy solutions.
Overall, the MDBs are not financing energy access at nearly a sufficient level to meet the needs of energy-poor communities. Much of the energy access finance that is being provided is being directed to many of the communities that need it most. But even so, energy access is not reflected as a priority for the MDBs.