GLOBAL POLICY

The Paris climate goals demand a rapid, just transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. We’re pushing governments to lead the way by adopting policies to end oil and gas production.

OVERVIEW OF WORK

In order to achieve climate goals, governments and other decision makers must support a just and equitable move away from fossil fuels. We are pushing for precedent-setting leadership from governments to put policies in place to manage the decline of oil and gas and ensure a just transition for fossil-fuel dependent workers and communities.

Building from a growing group of first mover governments, we are pressuring for increasing numbers of national and regional governments to end new licenses and permits for oil and gas production, and to develop plans to wind down their existing production over time.

LATEST PROGRAM POSTS

A Norwegian independent energy company - DNO- plans to produce oil in Iraqi Kurdistan early next year after successful initial drilling. If further tests are also positive, it could lead to the first barrels produced by a foreign oil operator in Iraq and raise the question over who controls Iraq’s vast petroleum resources.

Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is said to be set for a show down after Democratic lawmakers unveiled legislation last week aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. The bill, backed by the Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and a whole host of environmental groups, sets firm limits on carbon dioxide emissions and goes further than recommendations made by Schwarzenegger's Climate Action Team. So Arnie is now fighting both oil companies and environmentalists on the issue. Who is going to win?

LATEST PROGRAM RESEARCH

This briefing assesses Shell’s fossil fuel extraction plans in light of Shell's appeal of a Dutch court verdict requiring the company to take responsibility for its climate pollution. Our analysis shows that Shell continues to plan for levels of oil and gas production and investment that undermine the world’s chances of curtailing climate disaster.

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