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PR: Despite Commission promise, new list of energy infrastructure ‘projects of common interest’ prioritises climate-wrecking fossil gas

Joint Press Release by 350.org, Corporate Europe Observatory, Counter Balance, PowerShift, Gastivists, Justice and Environment and Food & Water Europe.

Brussels, 24 November – Today, the European Commission presented its third “Projects of Common Interest” (PCI) list composed of energy infrastructure projects. It contains around 90 gas infrastructure projects. This is even more than in the list of 2015 and …

Will Industry 4.0 Create New Raw Materials Demands?

The digitalization of production processes, in Germany also known as Industry 4.0, promises economic growth in times of stagnation. According to business organizations and market-liberal politicians, digitalization will provide solutions for current global challenges like economic stagnation, (youth) unemployment, post-financial crisis or climate change. From buildings and cars to entire supply chains, everything will be connected. We will live in …

New Report – UN Body Alarmed By Mining Waste Disasters Worldwide

New Report – UN Body Alarmed By Mining Waste Disasters Worldwide

(13 November 2017 – London-Washington-Ottawa). An international coalition of non-governmental organizations support the recommendations of a new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which urges governments and industry to act to stop deadly and damaging mining spills worldwide. UNEP calls for an urgent UN …

New Factsheet: Ruthless exploitation in the raw materials sector: How corporations are using the investment court system to enforce their interests

Our new factsheet: “Ruthless exploitation in the raw materials sector: How corporations are using the investment court system to enforce their interests” is all about investors suing the state.
It explores the roots of the investor-state dispute settlement systems – as a mechanism protecting colonial investments from expropriation- and traces its development until today. But the paper also takes a …