“No Coal, Go Green!” is a campaign urging Japanese governmental financial organizations, private banks and trading companies to stop financing coal-related projects which emit massive amounts of greenhouse gases, alter the environment and impact the livelihoods of people all over the world. The governmental organizations funding these projects are the well known ones like Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI).
Japan is exporting or providing project planning support for so-called “high-efficiency” coal power technologies to developing countries, especially in Southeast Asia, through investment and loans under the name of “assistance to developing countries.” The Japanese government regards these as economic growth strategies, but they are obviously not consistent with the Paris Agreement. Since the Agreement has entered into force, the world is accelerating toward “decoalization” (coal exit) and decarbonization. Japan’s coal finance policy is criticized because it not only runs counter to current trends in international climate action, but also lacks consideration for human rights and the environment at construction sites, bringing harm toing people’s health and ways of life.
Many public financial institutions, bank, and insurance companies around the world have announced that they will stop investing in and lending to coal-fired power plants. Businesses have also been moving away from a dependence on fossil fuels. Our “No Coal, Go Green!” campaign is monitoring various coal-related projects and sharing information about trends in decarbonization in order to encourage Japan to become coal-free as a measure against global warming and to shift its investment toward clean, sustainable energy.
The “No Coal, Go Green!” campaign is organized by the Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES), FoE Japan, Mekong Watch and Kiko Network. It is also supported by Greenpeace Japan, 350.org Japan, WWF Japan and other Japanese and international NGOs.
Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES)
|Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES)||Yuki Tanabe, +81-3-3505-5553, tanabe[at]jacses.org|
|Friends of the Earth Japan||Hozue Hatae, +81-3-6909-5983, hatae[at]foejapan.org|
|Mekong Watch||Satoko Endo, +81-3-3832-5034, info[at]mekongwatch.org|
|Kiko Network||Kimiko Hirata, +81-3-3263-9210, tokyo[at]kikonet.org|