This week sees two crucial energy meetings in Japan, a country which remains one of the most prominent financiers of fossil fuels.
OCI Statement on the Fossil Fuel Dimensions of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine one year ago is a wake-up call to stop dependence on unstable and war-driven fossil fuels, and instead transition to reliable renewable energy. Oil companies are both fueling and profiting from this crisis, while the rest of the world has suffered dire consequences.
Japan’s Dirty Secret: World’s top fossil fuel financier is fueling climate chaos and undermining energy security
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.
At a Crossroads: Assessing G20 and MDB international energy finance ahead of stop funding fossils pledge deadline
This report looks at G20 country and MDB traceable international public finance for fossil fuels from 2019-2021 and finds they are still backing at least USD 55 billion per year in oil, gas, and coal projects. This is a 35% drop compared to previous years (2016-2018), but still, almost twice the support provided for clean energy, which averaged only $29 billion per year.
Climate Advocates: The EU’s International Energy Strategy Is a Reckless Response to a Global Crisis
“The EU’s new international energy strategy is woefully inadequate and would lock in decades’ more extraction of deadly gas and oil,” said Collin Rees.
Over 500 Global Groups Call on World Leaders to Help End Russian War in Ukraine + End Fossil Fuel Reliance
“The only effective response to today’s compounding crises is for global leaders to support the efficiency and clean energy solutions that can replace these dirty fuels and eliminate the need for any new LNG infrastructure,” said Laurie van der Burg.
New Bill Calls for Turbocharging Renewable Energy with Defense Production Act to Ensure Energy Security, End Fossil Fuels
“True energy security means affordable, reliable, and fossil-free energy for all communities,” said Rees. “Congress should reject Big Oil and Gas’s cynical attempts to profit from human suffering and pass this bill immediately.”
Over 200 Groups Call on Biden to Invoke Defense Protection Act for Renewables + Resist Short-Sighted Domestic Fossil Fuel Policies
Over 200 progressive groups sent a letter to the White House urging President Biden to resist Big Oil and invoke the Defense Production Act in order to ramp up the deployment of renewable energy to transition the world off the fossil fuels that are leading to global instability.
Spain joins commitment to end international oil, gas, and coal finance, bringing total for potential finance shifted to USD 23.6 billion per year
This increases the number of signatories to 30 and the annual average of potential public finance shifted out of fossil fuels and into clean energy to at least USD 23.6 billion per year. This equals 37% of annual public finance for fossil fuels provided by G20 countries and the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) between 2018 and 2020.
The Sky’s Limit Africa: The Case for a Just Energy Transition from Fossil Fuel Production in Africa
The Sky’s Limit Africa assesses fossil fuel industry plans to sink USD $230 billion into the development of new extraction projects in Africa in the next decade — and USD $1.4 trillion by 2050. It finds these projects are not compatible with a safe climate future and that they are at risk of becoming stranded assets that leave behind unfunded clean-up, shortfalls of government revenue, and overnight job losses.