bilaterals.org logo
bilaterals.org logo

climate


What are the green promises that would facilitate the EU agreement with Mercosur?
The executive arm of the European Union is set to propose a series of environmental and climate commitments in an attempt to Facilitate the approval of a historic trade agreement with four South American countries.
The 33rd meeting of the Energy Charter conference held under the chairmanship of Mongolia
The conference expects to meet ad hoc in April 2023 to finalise the discussion on the adoption of the amendments to the ECT.
European Parliament resolution ‘final nail in the coffin’ for Energy Charter Treaty
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission to initiate the process toward a coordinated exit of the EU from the Energy Charter Treaty.
US may face $15 billion penalty for rejection of Keystone XL pipeline
The Keystone XL pipeline sparked a movement of activism to put people and the climate over Big Oil. After more than a decade of relentless protests and legal battles, President Joe Biden halted the dangerous pipeline on his first day in office.
Brussels calls for pause in ECT reform talks after losing key EU vote
The European Commission will ask to remove the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty from the agenda of an ECT summit on Tuesday 22 November after EU countries failed to reach a majority in favour of reforming the charter.
Slovenia withdraws from Energy Charter Treaty
Slovenia is no longer a party to the Energy Charter Treaty after the Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously endorsed the government’s proposal to withdraw.
Revealed: secret courts that allow energy firms to sue for billions accused of ‘bias’ as governments exit
Secret court set up under energy charter treaty accused of conflicts of interest, self-regulation issues and institutional bias.
Statement on ISDS and climate
Civil society organisations are calling on governments to remove the threat that ISDS poses to the climate. The following statement outlines our primary concerns and demands. We seek to put pressure on our governments as they meet at COP 27 in November 2022.
Activists rejoice as Berlin announces exit from controversial energy treaty
The German government has announced its intention to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, following similar decisions in other large EU countries, which left activists jubilant.
UNCTAD publishes report on international climate change investment trends and policy developments
The report suggests that progress on IIA reform is critical to enable countries to address the challenges of climate change.
NGO Forum: Risks and opportunities for climate change, food security in Africa in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area
At the NGO Forum ahead of the 73rd session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), stakeholders discuss the potential impacts of the implementation of the AfCFTA, on the climate, food security, and the human rights.
Brussels pleads with countries to stay in the Energy Charter Treaty
EU countries are voting with their feet, quitting the investor protection pact despite the EU’s efforts to reform it – but the European Commission warns it will be worse to be outside than in.
What Lula’s victory in Brazil should mean for the EU-Mercosur trade deal
After Bolsonaro, the European Commission, as well as some governments and industries in Europe will see an opportunity to push through the EU-Mercosur trade deal. But the agreement would be the exact opposite of what the Amazon needs.
Brazilian elections: Lula’s victory to revive EU-Mercosur agreement
The much-criticised free trade agreement between the EU and the four Latin American countries in Mercosur is currently at a standstill but could be revived.
EU States start exiting the Energy Charter Treaty whilst African signatories increase
African countries are increasingly becoming signatories to the ECT potentially tying the hands of government to freely design their climate policies.
Belgian environment minister supports withdrawal from Energy Charter Treaty
Climate, Environment, Sustainable Development, and Green Deal Minister Zakia Khattabi reiterated her support for Belgium’s withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty during the EU’s Environmental Council meeting.
Slovenia ‘very likely’ to withdraw from Energy Charter Treaty
Slovenia will follow the lead of countries such as the Netherlands, Spain and France and very likely withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, Infrastructure Minister Bojan Kumer announced.
European exodus from Energy Charter Treaty raises climate questions
France, Germany and Spain plan to leave the controversial investment pact, putting a whole system of dirty energy protections into play.
France becomes latest country to leave controversial energy charter treaty
Quitting the ECT, which protects fossil fuel investors from policy changes that might threaten their profits, was ‘coherent’ with Paris climate deal, Macron said.
CSOs warn Nigeria against acceding to the Energy Charter Treaty
Signing the ECT would give the transnational companies in the energy sector a weapon to re-colonise Nigeria, as it would also be incompatible with Nigeria’s economic diversification aspirations.