To coincide with the “GX Week” in Japan, a network of civil society groups from across the region and Global South have come together to call for Japan to stop financing false solutions and delaying the just transition to clean energy.
“Kimiko’s courage and leadership in undertaking pathbreaking actions to influence Japan and address the climate crisis are an inspiration,” said Susanne Wong, senior campaigner with Oil Change International and facilitator of the No Coal Japan coalition.
With the health and livelihoods of billions at risk from COVID-19, governments around the world are preparing historic levels of stimulus finance. Building a Just Recovery that avoids the worst of climate change means overhauling our public finance institutions fast.
Today, Japanese environmental NGOs submitted a petition for the cancellation of the Vung Ang 2 Coal-fired Power Generation Project in Vietnam to the Japanese public and private sectors signed by 127 organizations from more than 40 countries and regions.
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group announced it will “in principle” not finance any new coal power projects, while advocates in California called on the bank to apply those restrictions to all new coal infrastructure and drop plans to finance a widely opposed coal export terminal.
A network of secretive, government-backed financial institutions called export credit agencies are handing more than $31 billion USD per year to the oil, gas, and coal industry, new analysis by Oil Change International and Friends of the Earth U.S. shows.
This report from Oil Change International and Friends of the Earth U.S. shows that since the Paris Agreement was made, G20 countries have used their export credit agencies to provide nearly 12 times more finance to fossil fuels than to clean energy.
Next summer’s Olympic Games are at risk due to heatwaves and there’s one story Japan likely doesn’t want out there: the fact that it’s currently one of the world’s biggest supporters of coal.