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Global Coal Exit List 2021

1,000 Companies Driving the World Towards Climate Chaos

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Our new research shows: Half of the global coal industry is still on expansion course, just 32 companies have announced Paris-aligned coal exit dates. At this rate, the coal industry will single-handedly blow our chances of limiting Global Warming to 1.5 degrees.

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New Report reveals 12 Fossil Fuel Mega-Projects

Who We Are & What We Do

Urgewald is a non-profit environmental and human rights organization. It is based in Sassenberg, a small town in western Germany, and it also runs an office in Berlin. For 25 years, Urgewald has been fighting against environmental destruction and for the rights of people harmed by corporate profit interests. During these 25 years, Urgewald has evolved from a small group of people to a powerful organization. 

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The depth of analysis conducted by Heffa Schuecking and her team is superb.

Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance, IEEFA institute
Huge Campaign Success

Norway to Divest €5 Billion from Coal Giants like Glencore and RWE

On June 12, 2019, the Norwegian Parliament has voted in favor of the government’s proposal to tighten the coal exclusion criteria of Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), Europe’s largest sovereign wealth fund. The decision followed a longstanding campaign by Urgewald an Norwegian partners. According to research by Urgewald and Framtiden i våre hender (FIVH), this affects 8 coal companies that will be divested. The NGOs estimate the volume of the new divestment action to total €5.1 billion. The Pension Fund has now adopted 2 of the 3 coal exclusion criteria Urgewald put forward in 2015.

World Bank Undermines Paris Climate Treaty!

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The World Bank has repeatedly and fully pointed out that it will adopt the Paris goals and contribute to reducing greenhouse gases. But, the analyses of Urgewald's Senior Adviser Heike Mainhardt shows a different picture: In the last five financial years, World Bank financing for fossil energies has been more than twice as high (12 billion US dollars) as for renewable energies (5 billion US dollars, excluding large hydropower).

How We Expose Climate's Worst Enemies & Change the Finance Industry

We all know the coal industry is the number one driver of climate change, damages peoples’ health and destroys the environment. But do we really know which companies belong to the industry? And more importantly, do banks and investors know? From our portfolio analyses and in-depth discussions with many major banks and insurers, we have reached the conclusion that financial institutions systematically underestimate their holdings in the coal industry. To address this blind spot, we have developed a unique divestment tool: The Global Coal Exit List (GCEL). 

How We Work for Better Multilateral Development Banks

The purpose of international development banks is to eliminate or reduce poverty, while protecting the environment. However, this is precisely where they often fail. What is wrong with them? How can NGOs like Urgewald change the way they are allocating their funds? A look behind the scenes of development finance, disastrous projects and the fight of NGOs for stronger standards.