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Guest post from Justin Guay, Sierra Club In case you missed it, the tectonic plates just shifted in the world of international financial institution (IFI) energy lending. Just weeks after President Obama announced an end to US taxpayer support for overseas coal plants, two of the world’s largest IFIs, the World Bank and the European… » read more

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For the last couple of years, we have been calling on the European Investment Bank to drop coal lending. Finally, we’re starting to see some results. by Anna Roggenbuck, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Last Friday, the EIB published a new energy lending policy, which shall be in place for some five-six years. Already in… » read more

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Adequate decision making on energy policies must be based on accurate information and cannot rely on outdated knowledge and misconceptions. A new series of fact sheets explores the myths and facts of Europe’s energy sector. by Sven Haertig-Tokarz, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Energy is an important issue cutting across some of the big problems… » read more

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It may have been easy in the past for Europeans to bash the US for being retrograde when it comes to climate policies, but after last week it will get more difficult to do that. by Anna Roggenbuck, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Just as the world is abuzz with Obama’s new climate pledges, below… » read more

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The neglect by international financial institutions of the Western Balkans sustainable energy potential will cost the region’s public heavily for years to come. Figures collected in a new study illustrate how the different international lenders perform in the region. by Pippa Gallop, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog I’ve been living in Croatia on and off… » read more

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How is the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development able to justify a brand new host country agreement with Egypt, given the abuses still being endured in Egypt and the failure of one billion euros of EU money to improve the economic and human rights situation there? by Anne-Sophie Simpere, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog… » read more

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During the last months, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has come out with positive statements about shale gas investments, most recently on Poland – a rather rash endorsement of the controversial technology. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Ionut Apostol, Bankwatch energy campaigner In February this year the EBRD’s managing director for energy… » read more

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A quick visit to the Kolubara mining basin reveals that the resettlement there looks nothing like the presentation from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development that financed the project to which it is related. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Nikola Perusic, Campaigner in Serbian Bankwatch member group CEKOR During a recent visit to… » read more

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A roundtable discussion on European public banks and energy lending brought together Members of the European Parliament and non-governmental organisations, while the public banks themselves chose to stay away. Posted by Berber Verpoest, Media officer for the Counter Balance coalition. (Cross-posted and slightly edited version from the Counter Balance blog.) “It’s your energy” goes the… » read more

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Today we’re relieved in Zagreb as one energy project that could have had a destructive impact on Croatia’s future has lost its financing and thus its chances of going ahead are drastically reduced: I’m speaking about the infamous Ombla dam, a project for an underground hydropower plant that would have practically destroyed a protected area… » read more

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