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.

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

Letter: World Bank Group finance involving Russia and Belarus

Another important issue with regard to the war on Ukraine: the World Bank Group’s finance involving Russia and Belarus. We support the efforts of CEE Bankwatch, Ukrainian NGO Ecoaction and Urgewald’s joint letter to WB Executive Directors, urging them to stop equity investments, trade finance and guarantees involving entities linked to Russia and Belarus.

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

The Diplomat: Despite Xi’s Pledge, China Is Financing Coal Power Plants in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Despite a pledge to stop financing coal power abroad, overseas coal power plants financed by Chinese banks and state-owned enterprises are still moving forward – including in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Read the full story by Wawa Wang and Nils Resare in the Diplomat here.

CSOs welcome political commitment to end international oil, gas, and coal finance by end of 2022, say others need to follow suit

Glasgow, 4 November 2021 – Today at COP26, more than 20 countries and institutions, including the United States, Canada, Mali and Costa Rica, launched a joint statement committing to end direct international public finance for unabated coal, oil and gas by the end of 2022 and prioritize clean energy finance. After a wave of commitments… Continue reading CSOs welcome political commitment to end international oil, gas, and coal finance by end of 2022, say others need to follow suit

Response: G20 ends public financing for international coal-fired power projects, we ask China to walk away from Western Balkan coal projects immediately.

G20 nations including China have agreed to ending public financing for international coal-fired power projects this year, following on from similar commitments by the G7 and the OECD. China, the world’s top financier for the construction of international coal-fired power projects, still currently has over 1.7 GW of planned coal-fired power plants and the 350 MW Kostolac B3 coal-fired power project under construction in the Western Balkan countries in Southeast Europe… Continue Reading