In the situation of the ongoing social and political crisis in Belarus, the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, while demonstrating the practices of the occupying government in their own country, continues to use the resources of international inter-governmental financial systems for the purpose of retaining their own power.
Bor, in north-eastern Serbia, is one of the country’s most polluted cities. While citizens protest their dirty air and water, Chinese mining company Zijin, which runs the city’s large-scale copper mining and smelting complex, is expanding its operations. This unique picture essay by Nemanja Pančić captures the industrial landscape and pollution in Bor and its surrounds.
Foreign direct investments and loans from China have in recent years enabled some of Serbia’s largest and most polluting infrastructure projects in coal, mining and transport sectors. These particular investments have been reported to be benefiting from practices that are nothing short of undercutting legal requirements specific to procurement, transparency and environmental permitting procedures.
One day before world leaders meet to discuss the energy transition at the United Nations High Level Dialogue on Energy, more than 200 civil society organizations (CSOs) from over 40 countries have released a statement calling on world leaders to end international public finance for coal, oil and gas. The statement points to International Energy… Continue reading 200+ CSOs call on world leaders to end public finance for fossil fuels in 2021
The pending announcement from the government to phase out fossil fuel in export finance is welcome, but not enough to help Denmark meet its climate goals. A study from Just Finance shows, with zero new fossil fuel projects in the Danish export credit agency EKF’s 2019, 2020 and 2021 portfolio, it will have a minor… Continue reading Denmark plans to phase-out fossil fuel support for export credits – whilst carbon intensive projects continue
Today, VedvarendeEnergi has along with 400 other organizations called on the EU and member states to pack up and leave the ECT by November’s UN climate summit. We belive that the Energy Charter Treaty protects investments in destructive fossil fuels, and lets energy companies sue states in corporate courts for acting on climate change. Therefore… Continue reading Enviromental Organizations: Leave The Energy Charter Treaty before COP26
In September 2018, China Power Construction, a Chinese state-owned enterprise, signed an agreement with Ivory Coast’s S. Energies to fund and construct a 700 megawatt coal-fired power station in San Pedro. The coal power generation project has not undergone an adequate environmental impact assessment or land acquisition plan. The project is shrouded in secrecy and… Continue reading Ivorian communities oppose the BRI San Pedro coal project
Public statement by civil society organisations on the launch of the Export Finance for Future. Read More
UN human rights experts today urged the Indonesian Government to respect human rights and the rule of law amid reports that a US$3 billion tourism project on Lombok island has involved aggressive land grabs, forced evictions of Sasak indigenous peoples, and intimidation and threats against human rights defenders. Read More
We are encouraged by the Biden Administration’s initial steps to implement a ‘whole-of-government’ approach to the climate crisis, as set out in the January 27 “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.” We are writing now to provide our recommendations on a critical piece of the international agenda described in the… Continue reading Open Letter to the Biden Administration