Urgewald's Major Successes

1989    

  • Published Rainforest Memorandum – documented Germany’s role in rainforest destruction and moved over 1,200 municipalities in Germany to stop using tropical timber in municipal building projects.

1994         

  • Urgewald founder Heffa Schuecking won Goldman Environmental Prize.

2000        

  • Prevented fundings for Maheshwar Dam and resettlement of 50,000 people in India.

2007     

  • Stopped 15 international banks in a months-long campaign from financing nuclear power plant Belene in Bulgarian earthquake region. These included Citibank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and UniCredit.

2010        

  • Kept mining giant Vedanta from setting up poisonous bauxite mine in Niyamgiri, India.

2011        

  • Shamed Deutsche Bank into investment stop for cluster bombs.

2012    

  • Achieved final stop to nuclear plant Belene, Bulgaria, by convincing last big financier, German energy giant RWE (2009), and finally also government of Bulgaria to bury the project.

2015        

  • Convinced Norway’s sovereign pension fund, one of the biggest worldwide, to divest from major coal holdings
  • Persuaded Allianz, the world’s no. 2 insurance company, to divest from coal holdings.

2016      

  • Convinced Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, no. 1 and 2 in Germany, to blacklist all major mountaintop removal mining companies.

2017        

  • Pushed Bayerische Landesbank, state-owned bank of Bavaria, to cancel further funding for highly controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in the USA.   
  • Published Global Coal Exit List, a database on the global coal industry, during UN climate summit in Bonn. This List is the 1st comprehensive coal divestment tool worldwide for investors, banks and insurance companies.
  • Persuaded French company AXA, world’s 3rd biggest insurance company, to use Global Coal Exit List for its new climate strategy. AXA’s coal divestment came to EUR 2.4 billion.

2018        

  • Convinced Italian insurance group Generali to use Urgewald’s Global Coal Exit List for divestment. Generali reduced coal investments by EUR 2 billion.  
  • Urgewald founder Heffa Schuecking was granted Henry Arnhold Fellowship from US foundation Mulago.
  • Convinced Allianz, today the world’s biggest insurance company by assets, to no longer provide insurance for coal power plants or coal mines and to strengthen its coal divestment.
  • Pushed Munich Re, the world's second largest reinsurer, to announce cuts in its coal insurance business for the first time.
  • Convinced Generali to use Urgewald’s coal research also for excluding companies from insurance business.

Kontakt

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