Today 222 civil society groups from 55 countries sent an open letter calling on world leaders to transform international public finance to tackle climate change and deliver a just energy transition.
Minutes ago, Norway joined a major international initiative to end international public finance for fossil fuels today at COP28, called the Clean Energy Transition Partnership.
Over 250 organizations from 30 countries call on governments to support fellow OECD members’ efforts to end oil and gas export finance at OECD meeting on 6 November 2023.
Ending fossil fuel subsidies presents a massive opportunity to shift billions to pay for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate finance, as well as to social protection measures that can mitigate any harmful impacts on households. If the Netherlands takes action now, it has an opportunity to bring other countries along at COP28, the upcoming UN climate conference in Dubai.
As communities face rising debts and rising seas, pressure from people-powered movements has put global financial architecture reform on the multilateral agenda for the first time in decades. This is desperately needed, as our current international monetary, trade, tax, and debt rules are limiting how much funding is available for climate action.
Today the outgoing Dutch Minister for Climate and Energy Policy, Rob Jetten, published an analysis of the Netherlands’ fossil fuel subsidies, estimating these at between €39.7 and €46.4 billion a year, more than 4% of the Netherlands’ GDP.
The turnout wildly exceeded expectations, proof that this summer’s record heat, mega floods, and severe weather are putting the climate crisis, and the fight against fossil fuels, at the forefront of peoples’ minds. The turnout was global.
Rich countries have continued to approve USD 4.4 billion in international public finance despite committing to end this support by the end of 2022. Six countries including the United States, Germany, Italy and Japan have at least 26 fossil fuel projects awaiting approvals, with Germany having the biggest number of projects pending.
Two weeks before global leaders gather for the UN Climate Ambition Summit in New York, new analysis by Oil Change International shows that several major countries continue to pump $4.4 billion in public finance into international fossil fuel projects despite committing to end this support by the end of 2022.
Never before has there been such a detailed, peer-reviewed mapping of fossil fuel subsidies in the Netherlands. The report identifies 31 fossil fuel subsidies that, combined, provide €37.5 billion per year in fossil fuel subsidies between 2020 and 2022.