Local residents at risk after China’s Zijin triples production at Serbian copper complex

Bor, in north-eastern Serbia, is one of the country’s most polluted cities. While citizens protest their toxic air and water, Chinese mining company Zijin, which runs the city’s large-scale copper mining and smelting complex, is expanding its operations without permits, local consent or transparency.

China’s 2021 “international coal-exit’’ pledge: a transparency problem

Download briefing as pdf here March 2022 China’s pledge to stop building new coal-fired power plants abroad, announced during the UN General Assembly in September 2021 – and reiterated during a EU-China dialogue on climate in October 2021 – was met with enthusiasm. Yet, half a year later, little is known about the extent of… Continue reading China’s 2021 “international coal-exit’’ pledge: a transparency problem

92 civil society organizations call on financial institutions to avoid taxonomy-aligned greenwashing

March 10, 2022 Paris, March 10th, 2022 – A month after the European Commission approved the inclusion of fossil gas and nuclear energy into the EU taxonomy, 92 NGOs and CSOs call on financial institutions to reject this greenwashing attempt by excluding both energies from their “sustainable” or “green” funds and bonds. This open letter… Continue reading 92 civil society organizations call on financial institutions to avoid taxonomy-aligned greenwashing

Serbia’s E-763: How China is constructing a high-speed road without a license

Highway E-763, which connects Belgrade and Montenegro, has been built with impressive speed outside the Serbian city of Cacak. But local communities complain of noise, pollution and devastated eco systems. The main contractor, Chinese state-owned company CCCC, is accused of excavating gravel for the road without obtaining the necessary permits.

The Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB): Global leader in infrastructure finance at what cost? The AIIB’s Approach to Transparency and Public Access to Information

The climate emergency and the alarming loss of the planet’s biodiversity are closely related to ill-conceived large scale infrastructure projects. These include power plants that generate greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come, large hydro dams, mining projects and export corridors that slice through the world’s remaining surviving wild areas and intact forests. In addition… Continue reading The Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB): Global leader in infrastructure finance at what cost? The AIIB’s Approach to Transparency and Public Access to Information