Bowing to public pressure, Rizal becomes first bank in Philippines to exit coal

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Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) made the announcement after years of pressure from climate activists in the Philippines and  an investigation of the bank’s practices by one of its most prominent shareholders, the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation. “[N]o more coal. I’ll say that slowly: no more coal,” said the bank’s president and CEO, Eugene Acevedo, at […]

Saying no to coal: IFC’s new Green Equity Approach unveiled

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The World Bank’s private lending arm has unveiled its new approach to greening equity investments in financial institutions.  The International Finance Corporation (IFC) says it will end equity investments in financial institutions that do not have a plan to phase out investments in coal-related activities.  The “30 by 30 Zero Program” aims to help the banking […]

East African oil pipeline would cause more emissions than Denmark | China Dialogue

Chinese lenders should pull out of the risky Uganda–Tanzania oil project and invest in renewables instead, argues Erik Myxter-lino. Since 2017, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has been working with oil majors Total and Tullow to exploit untouched oil in western Uganda. Yet the project is stuck in limbo. The stoppage is a chance […]

Watchdog to investigate World Bank Group’s opaque support for coal expansion in Philippines

The International Finance Corporation’s independent watchdog has announced that it will launch a compliance investigation into the World Bank Group member for its investments in a commercial bank in the Philippines that bankrolled the country’s recent coal power boom. After receiving $254 million in IFC funds, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation became a key financier of […]

International call on banks: Don’t finance the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline

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A coalition of African and international organizations is today calling on South Africa’s Standard Bank and Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC) to withdraw from their role as lead arrangers for a massive oil pipeline under construction in Uganda and Tanzania. The East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline is being developed as part of a push to open oil fields […]

As climate crisis bites, World Bank further distances itself from coal

As climate crisis bites, World Bank further distances itself from coal International Finance Corporation announced new ‘green equity’ policy to encourage financial intermediaries to divest from coal, while Bank pulled plug on mooted Kosovo coal project. READ FULL ARTICLE ▶

Civil society welcomes IFC’s moves to exclude coal in its financial intermediary lending

(Bali) – Civil society groups from around the world today welcomed news that the World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has taken significant steps to vastly reduce its exposure to coal through new financial intermediary (FI) investments. The CEO of the IFC, Philippe Le Houérou, has committed to help FI clients […]