Despite the need to rapidly wind-down fossil fuels to avert the worst of the climate crisis, governments worldwide continue to prop up fossil fuel production with huge sums of public money. They may be breaking international law.
A new legal opinion lays out the international law obligations of ECAs that are responsible for tens of billions of dollars per year in support for fossil fuels.
This new legal opinion finds that export credit agencies could be in violation of their international legal obligations if they do not take action to reduce their financing of fossil fuel-related activities imminently.
Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s government-backed export credit agency, has long been one of the worst in the world when it comes to backing the fossil fuel industry with public money. Their new climate policy opens the door for meaningful change, but the initial targets are far too weak to get the job done.
It’s absurd for the UK government to declare a climate emergency while pouring vast sums of taxpayer-backed money into fossil fuel expansion. The Environmental Audit Committee is right to call for serious reform of UK Export Finance.
Hidden Costs: Pollution from Coal Power Financed by OECD Countries November 2015 Oil Change International and WWF DOWNLOAD REPORT OECD countries support coal-fired power plants abroad by providing preferential financing through institutions called Export Credit Agencies (ECAs). These coal-fired power plants have significant costs, in the form damages to the health of local populations from air … Read More