Yesterday, the message from the world’s leading climate scientists was their most brutal and stark yet. It was unequivocal.
The Glasgow Statement on public finance requires signatories to end new direct overseas support for fossil fuels by the end of 2022 and fully prioritize finance for a clean and just energy transition. But only a handful of signatories have begun to turn these pledges into action.
Yesterday, the government of Norway and the European Commission released a joint statement on energy cooperation in which the EU officially supported “continued [oil and gas] exploration”.
After his stunning electoral victory on Sunday in Colombia, Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla and ex-Mayor of Bogota, has pledged to transition his country off fossil fuels during his time in office.
Today G7 climate, energy and environment ministers issued a communique committing to end public finance for fossil fuels by the end of this year.
This briefing illustrates how G7 public finance flows remain severely misaligned with climate goals. G7 public finance for fossil fuels between 2018 and 2020 totalled over USD 100 billion, four times its support for renewable energy.
The UK House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee have launched a inquiry into Accelerating the transition from fossil fuels and securing energy supplies, which is scrutinising the UK Government’s Energy Security Strategy and its North Sea Transition Deal (for oil and gas production in the UK’s Continental Shelf). Oil Change International submitted the following evidence for the committee.
Earlier today, John Kerry, who is Joe Biden’s special envoy on climate change, warned the industry that they “don’t want to be sitting there with stranded assets. That fight is useless. You’re going to end up on the wrong side of this battle.”
What America needs is a comprehensive vision for energy security, one that goes beyond fossil fuel independence. This plan should entail sustained investment in alternative fuel sources and technologies… If the United States really wants to be energy independent, it must look toward preparing for a post-oil future.”
Shell’s claims to be a climate leader do not stand up to scrutiny