As one of the top international banks involved in lucrative coal finance deals around the world, BNP Paribas is directly responsible for fueling the expansion of an energy source that is both wrecking the climate and destroying local communities.
As the 20th anniversary of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s death in Nigeria approaches – the devastating environmental and social legacy of Shell’s behaviour continues unpunished, and Shell remain unrepentant.
Oil giant Chevron has embarked on a global push for fracking, often with the support of US diplomats. In Argentina, Chevron has used lobbying, political connections and intolerable tactics to push its fracking agenda and protect its interests in its only unconventional exploitation project outside of North America.
Sofiprotéol-Avril managed to build an agribusiness empire thanks to massive subsidies for biofuels. Now, with biofuels on the back foot – linked to food price hikes, climate change and land-grabbing – Sofiprotéol-Avril is lobbying hard to protect its interests.
French fossil fuel giant Total is leading a full-scale lobbying offensive to promote gas, including unconventional gas from fracking, as a solution to climate change. It is doing so with underhand and dirty tactics such as taking over two of the main renewable energy trade associations in Europe. Pushing for gas will only lock Europe into fossil fuel dependency –– whilst misdirecting investment away from the community-owned renewables and improved energy efficiency Europe needs.
French energy company EDF is using its controversial sponsorship of the international climate talks in Paris to launch a large-scale public relations campaign to brand nuclear power as a ‘carbon-free’ and ‘clean’ energy source. In fact, nuclear is everything but clean, and escalating costs and subsidies are better spent on genuine solutions.
Who would you least expect to be an official sponsor of the International climate talks in Paris this year? A company that is responsible for some of the least efficient coal power plants in the world, and has a record of actively lobbying against renewables? That would be Engie.
Industrial agricultural production is a major driver of climate change, particularly because of its massive use of synthetic fertilisers. Yara, global leader of the sector, is now using the Global Alliance for ‘climate-smart agriculture’ (GACSA) to get its climate-devastating practices painted green and endorsed by the UN climate talks.