FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 8, 2022 Contacts: Makiko Arima — email@example.com (AEST) Susanne Wong — firstname.lastname@example.org (CEST) New briefing: Japan is the world’s largest provider of public finance for fossil fuels, spending 10.6 billion USD a year Briefing highlights that Japan’s support for oil, gas and coal is fueling the climate crisis, undermining energy security and harming … Read More
A report released today by Oil Change International and Friends of the Earth U.S. reveals that between 2019 and 2021 the G20 countries and multilateral development banks (MDBs) provided at least USD 55 billion per year in international public finance for fossil fuels. This is a 35% drop compared to previous years (2016-2018), but still almost twice the support provided for clean energy, which averaged only $29 billion per year.
Hundres of thousands of Americans, concerned about climate change and increasingly shocked at how much they are paying at the pump for their gas, are voting with their feet and ditching their gas-guzzling vehicles and going electric.
“The EU’s new international energy strategy is woefully inadequate and would lock in decades’ more extraction of deadly gas and oil,” said Collin Rees.
The solution to both the US and UK decisions to stop importing Russian oil and gas is not to drill for more oil, either in the US or UK – something the fossil fuel industry and its supporters are already arguing. It is to invest in renewables and alternatives such as heat pumps and weatherization.
Increased recognition from governments, institutions, and even parts of the financial sector of the role of fossil fuels in climate change represents a sea change from where we were even just a few years ago. The importance of phasing out oil and gas are now featured in climate policy discussions across all sectors.
The time has come for ambitious E3F action, not just ambitious words. We do not want to see a year of vague compromises and exceptions that water the commitment down and lead to continued support for fossil fuels, such as gas – as this not only puts the climate at risks, it also locks countries in the south into fossil dependence with all the economic risks that come along.
A policy brief released today by OCI and ODI shows that despite their commitment to align financial flows with climate goals under the Paris Agreement adopted in 2015, the E3F countries still provided €20 billion in export finance for fossil fuel projects abroad between 2018 and 2020.
This increases the number of signatories to 29 and the annual average of potential public finance shifted out of fossil fuels and into clean energy to at least USD 21.7 billion per year.
Today the United States and over 20 other countries and institutions from both developed and developing countries committed to end direct international public finance for unabated coal, oil and gas by the end of 2022 and prioritize clean energy finance.