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International Sustainable Finance

At Friends of the Earth, we work to strengthen and raise environmental and social standards at international financial institutions. Our goal is to promote the highest environmental, social, climate, and sustainability standards and practices in the international banking sector in an effort to protect the environment, communities, and climate on a local and global level.


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New Report Reveals How Governments Could Support up to 15 New Coal Plants Despite International Restrictions

From 2013 to 2015, the world’s largest ECAs provided an annual average of USD 38 billion in support of fossil fuels. Eighty-eight percent of ECA support for energy projects went toward fossil fuels, compared to only seven percent for clean energy projects.

Japan Supports Millions of Tons of Carbon Pollution

Friends of the Earth U.S. today revealed that the Japanese government’s two export credit agencies — Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) — continue to fund some of the world’s dirtiest coal plants.

African Development Bank support for clean energy access falls short of goals, analysis finds, as civil society calls on the bank to do more

As the African Development Bank (AfDB) kicks off its first-ever Africa Investment Forum in South Africa, a new analysis released today finds that the AfDB’s own support for the most cost-effective energy access solutions lags far behind what is needed.

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Don’t scrap environmentally responsible overseas investment with reckless Senate BUILD Act
Don’t scrap environmentally responsible overseas investment with reckless Senate BUILD Act

It fails to transfer to the new institution OPIC’s existing environmental, social, climate, transparency, worker rights, human rights, indigenous peoples, gender, anti-corruption and accountability policies — putting communities, the environment and the U.S. government at risk.

Export credit agencies must not fund Vietnam’s Long Phu 1 coal plant
Export credit agencies must not fund Vietnam’s Long Phu 1 coal plant

Through the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), Trump is pushing developing countries toward dependence on coal for decades to come.

OECD, It’s Time for Export Credit Agencies to Stop Funding Fossil Fuels
OECD, It’s Time for Export Credit Agencies to Stop Funding Fossil Fuels

As they gather in the shadow of the UN Climate Conference, ECAs must cease business as usual and finally move in a new and more sustainable direction by ending all support of fossil fuels by 2020 at the latest.

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Dirty Coal Plant Loses U.S. Funding
Dirty Coal Plant Loses U.S. Funding

Americans have made it clear: We want a cleaner future. This means investing in sustainable and efficient renewable energy at home and abroad.

Resources See All
  • ECA Support for Coal in the Face of OECD Financing Restrictions
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  • The African Development Bank & Energy Access Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa: Trends and Insights from Recent Data
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  • Investing in a Green Belt and Road? Assessing the Implementation of China’s Green Credit Guidelines Abroad
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