Despite important progress on establishing a loss and damage fund, COP27 failed to acknowledge the need for a rapid and equitable phase-out of oil, gas, and coal.
The briefing reveals that new oil and gas production approved to date in 2022 and at risk of approval over the next three years could cumulatively lock in 70 billion tonnes (Gt) of new carbon pollution. This is equivalent to almost two years’ worth of global carbon emissions from energy at current levels, 17 percent of the world’s remaining 1.5°C carbon budget, or the lifecycle emissions of 468 coal power plants.
This briefing, “Japan’s Dirty Secret: World’s top fossil fuel financier is fueling climate chaos and undermining energy security,” reveals that Japan is the world’s largest public financier of fossil fuel projects, providing 10.6 billion USD per year between 2019 and 2021. Japan has been leading the drive to expand gas consumption in Asia and is the world’s leading financier of gas infrastructure globally, spending USD 6.7 billion on gas projects on average each year between 2019 and 2021.
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
“Make no mistake — the fossil gas agenda is a neocolonial agenda and patriarchal one. Fossil gas will not provide ‘energy security’ in Africa or anywhere else.” –Lorraine Chiponda
The International Energy Agency (IEA) released its 2022 World Energy Outlook (WEO), underscoring that accelerating investment in clean energy and efficiency, not new fossil fuels, is the answer to both climate and energy security crises. In a marked shift for the IEA, WEO 2022 essentially declares an end to the ‘golden age of gas,’ as a result of the current energy crisis cementing an economic case against gas expansion, on top of the clear climate case.
Since May 2021, Shell has expressed interest to develop ten new oil and gas extraction assets, which could lock in additional CO2 pollution (325 million metric tonnes) two times greater than the Netherlands’ total CO2 emissions in 2021.
Despite the ongoing climate crisis, Shell continues to develop new oil and gas assets. Since the Dutch court ruling in May 2021, Shell has made definitive investments in 10 assets, which once burned will result in 325 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions. Shell also co-owns more than 750 untapped oil and gas assets, which would amount to 4.3 billion metric tonnes of extra CO2 emissions, 30 times more than the total emissions from the Netherlands in 2021.
A group of 13 environmental and community leaders are calling on the Senate to reject Senator Manchin’s proposal to undermine environmental and community review and fast-track oil, gas, coal and mining projects.
“All Congress members should speak out publicly to stand with frontline communities and reject Joe Manchin’s dirty deal,” said Collin Rees.