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.
Timing, they say, is everything. Earlier this week, it was revealed that UK Government is drawing up plans to scrap its flagship EUR 11.6 billion climate pledge. At the same time, firstly last Monday, then last Tuesday and now the whole week has been recorded as the hottest on record. The UN now says “climate change is out of control.”
“Biden’s claims to be a climate leader are increasingly laughable after EXIM’s approval of this refinery. If he can’t be trusted to keep this relatively modest promise, how can anyone trust the United States to live up to its even grander climate promises?” asked Adam McGibbon.
Policy falls short of a major pledge Spain made at the 2021 COP26 UN climate summit to stop financing fossil fuel projects.
There has been widespread condemnation of the UK’s highly controversial decision to approve the first new coal mine in 30 years in Cumbria.
We are in the business end of the COP27 negotiations, as delegates haggle over the final declaration. As I write the news from Sharm el-Sheikh regarding the all important text is deeply concerning and comprehensively flawed.
From 2010-2021, the United States’ trade and development finance institutions provided nearly five times as much support to fossil fuels as to renewables — over $51.6 billion for fossils compared to just $10.9 billion for renewables.
France fulfils commitment made at 2021 UN Climate Conference, ending almost all government-backed financing for international fossil fuel projects.
This paper outlines priorities for the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) and its members that were identified by civil society groups to turn what has remained a largely aspirational diplomatic initiative into a force for increased climate action in line with equity, justice, and science.
Today, a few days after a high level event (1) organized by the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (2) on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York, civil society organizations launch a position paper urging the coalition and its members to deliver on commitments to promote a global phase out of oil and gas production, and turn aspirations into bold and ambitious climate action in line with equity, justice, and science.