Today the outgoing Dutch Minister for Climate and Energy Policy, Rob Jetten, published an analysis of the Netherlands’ fossil fuel subsidies, estimating these at between €39.7 and €46.4 billion a year, more than 4% of the Netherlands’ GDP.
Rich countries have continued to approve USD 4.4 billion in international public finance despite committing to end this support by the end of 2022. Six countries including the United States, Germany, Italy and Japan have at least 26 fossil fuel projects awaiting approvals, with Germany having the biggest number of projects pending.
Two weeks before global leaders gather for the UN Climate Ambition Summit in New York, new analysis by Oil Change International shows that several major countries continue to pump $4.4 billion in public finance into international fossil fuel projects despite committing to end this support by the end of 2022.
Never before has there been such a detailed, peer-reviewed mapping of fossil fuel subsidies in the Netherlands. The report identifies 31 fossil fuel subsidies that, combined, provide €37.5 billion per year in fossil fuel subsidies between 2020 and 2022.
Today, 27 environmental and civil society organizations from Papua New Guinea, the Asia Pacific region and the United States submitted a letter to the U.S. Export-Import Bank (EXIM) urging it to oppose support for the Category A Papua liquefied natural gas project.
The German Government is set to break a major international climate commitment, releasing a draft policy today for Euler Hermes, the German export credit agency, which allows the agency’s huge international fossil fuel financing to continue.
Rather than match the international policy, today’s announcement leaves the door open indefinitely to domestic public finance for oil and gas, only committing to “announce by fall 2024 the implementation plan” to phase out these flows.
Italy’s export credit agency SACE has approved a $500 million guarantee in loans for the Talara oil refinery in Peru, once again breaking their commitment to end their international public finance for fossil fuels by the end of 2022.
Instead of ending oil and gas finance, the OECD has enacted new public financial incentives for the fossil fuel industry, including for hydrogen and ammonia created from fossil gas, as part of its new “climate-friendly” incentives for Export Credit Agencies (ECAs).
Earlier this week a coalition of 150+ economists and policy experts including Yanis Varoufakis, Jason Hickel, Olúfémi O. Táíwò, Nader Habibi, and Isabelle Ferreras sent a letter to Global North leaders, calling on them to pay their fair share for a just energy transition with trillions in public reparations, and to allow democratic and people-centred reforms to the global financial system they have a disproportionate control over.