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.
Every year, G20 countries give tens of billions of taxpayer-backed money to the fossil fuel industry via secretive government agencies known as Export Credit Agencies (ECAs). We can’t address the climate crisis effectively if our governments continue to prop up fossil fuels.
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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
Copenhagen, 22 September 2021:- Responding to China’s breakthrough announcement at the United Nations General Assembly on September 21 that it will ’’not build new coal-fired power projects abroad,” Just Finance International and the Western Balkan ‘end coal’ campaign monitoring Belt and Road Initiative coal projects in Southeast Europe welcome Beijing’s move to exit its international coal… Continue reading Response: China’s Pledge to End Coal Projects Met With Cautious Welcome in Europe
With many DKK billions at its disposal, the Danish Export Credit agency EKF finances over 100 projects a year. For most projects, no assessment of the impact on the climate, environment, and local communities is undertaken or published, as this is not required for smaller projects or projects that are not considered high-risk by international… Continue reading Decarbonising Danish Export Credits – a case study: A critical review of the climate footprint, environmental and social due diligence and transparency in the Danish Export Credit Agency
Several western and European countries have co-funded The Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB). But the banks policies are to weak and there is a risk it will jeopardize international bank standards, warns Vedvarende Energi. Read more
China continues to be the top financier of coal-fired power internationally. Its state-owned enterprises and development banks are constructing and financing many of the world’s new coal projects, including in Europe where up to 3.5 gigawatts of capacity is planned with support from Chinese state entities. This is increasing the risk that countries participating in… Continue reading The debacle of Chinese financed Kostolac B3 coal-fired power station in Serbia
Serbia has become a hotspot for large scale Chinese investments and lending in highly polluting industries. Some of the activities will leave a deep footprint in the environment and the rule of law. BRI-Europa presents an overview of the most problematic takeovers in the country and explain how they were approved without required transparency and procurement procedures.
Since 2016, Beijing’s coal power investments in the region have nearly tripled. This is despite commitments made by the Western Balkan leaders to deliver clean energy and low carbon infrastructure. Raising questions about the health and environmental cost. Read full story.