FairPlanet: China’s no new coal overseas pledge has a big catch

Despite Beijing’s pledge to stop building overseas coal projects, dozens were found to have still gone ahead, and the energy efficiency of the existing ones also need improvement. About a year ago, Chinese president Xi Jinping made a pledge at a United Nations meeting that the enormous coal-fired power plants funder would halt any new projects overseas.… Continue reading FairPlanet: China’s no new coal overseas pledge has a big catch

Serbia’s Chinese-Built Coal-Fired Power Plant Deals Blow to Climate and Health

Just Finance International is calling on the Chinese authorities to honor President Xi’s September 2021 pledge to ‘not build new coal-fired power projects abroad’, by immediately exiting the Tuzla 7 project”

Chinese Contractor’s Offer for Bosnia’s Tuzla 7 Coal Power Plant Rejected

Just Finance International welcomes the July 14th announcement by the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBIH) government that it will reject a proposal for an alternative Chinese subcontractor for the proposed Tuzla 7 coal fired power plant, and calls on the Federation of BiH Parliament to choose to ditch the plant’s construction.

The Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) opened for business in 2016 and rapidly became a major actor in global finance

By the end of 2020, the AIIB could count 102 approved member countries. The participation of Europe’s largest economies as founding members of the AIIB was critical to the AIIB obtaining a triple-A credit rating from the world’s leading rating agencies. This paper provides an overview of the institution’s close alignment with China and the… Continue reading The Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) opened for business in 2016 and rapidly became a major actor in global finance

Bosnia’s planned Tuzla 7 lignite plant on the rocks after state aid U-turn

The future of the planned 450 MW Tuzla 7 lignite plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina is again in doubt after the country’s State Aid Council revoked its decision to approve a public guarantee for a EUR 614 million loan from China Eximbank last week, four years after the Council’s initial clearance. 5 July 2022 The… Continue reading Bosnia’s planned Tuzla 7 lignite plant on the rocks after state aid U-turn

Legal Memo on Chinese investments in Serbia Shows Weakened Rule of Law, Leading to Forced Labour and Human Rights Abuses

Ahead of this week’s European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) vote on Serbia, Just Finance International and Serbia’s Renewables and Environmental Regulatory Institute (RERI) today published a legal analysis detailing how a weakening of law and transparency in Serbia has provided loopholes for large scale infrastructure investments, including from China, leading to reports of forced labour and human rights abuses, along with impacts on human health and the environment.

Legal Analysis: Increased Legal Violations from Chinese Investments in Serbia

It is common for Serbian government authorities to hide information, without a legal or security basis for doing so, when submitting documents to the online portal or responding to information requests. This may include protecting the name of the legal entity, as well as the official case number and other data that should be available to the public.

Mještani ugroženi nakon što je kineski Zijin utrostručio proizvodnju u kombinatu bakra u Srbiji

U istočnoj Srbiji nalazi se Bor, jedan od najzagađenijih gradova u toj zemlji. Dok mještani demonstriraju zbog zagađenog vazduha i vode, kineska rudarska kompanija „Serbia Zijin Copper“ koja upravlja velikim rudarsko-metalurškim kompleksom proširuje rudarske radove bez potrebnih dozvola, saglasnosti mještana i transparentnog procesa.

New Statesman: China’s global coal machine won’t be stopped so easily

By Nick Ferris, New Statesman, 12 May 2022 China has pledged to stop funding coal plants around the world but loopholes mean new ones are still being built. Some suggest that weak transparency requirements in China for public investments will allow the country to continue investing in projects that go against climate action goals. “If… Continue reading New Statesman: China’s global coal machine won’t be stopped so easily