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Urgewald has been relentless in building rigorous and effective tools. The Global Coal Exit List makes coal divestment easy and more impactful.

Tom Kruse Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Urgewald's data serve as an important and reliable source of information for the issuer rating in our Sustainability Research.

Marc Pfizenmaier Sustainability Analyst, GLS Bank (Germany)

This list lays down a clear marker for companies. Those that remain wedded to coal will lose their attractiveness in equity and capital markets.

Ashish Fernandes Senior Climate and Coal Campaigner, Greenpeace India

Selected Articles

Reuters, May 4, 2018
Allianz cuts back on coal insurance after environmentalist criticism

Financial Times, May 4, 2018
Allianz to stop selling insurance to coal companies

IEEFA.org, March 19, 2018
The Divestment Movement Gains Steam

New York Times, Feb 27, 2018
Why Build Kenya’s First Coal Plant - Hint: Think China

Clean Technica, Feb 20, 2018
Why 2018 Is The Year That Divestment Is Finally Going Mainstream

Investment & Pensions Europe (IPE.com), Dec 12, 2017
Investor pledges, demands and criticism as Paris Agreement turns two

Le Figaro, Dec 12, 2017
L'assureur Axa accélère sa sortie du charbon

Libération, Dec 12, 2017
One Planet Summit : Macron donne rendez-vous l'an prochain pour une «réunion de chantier»

Les Echos, Dec 12, 2017
AXA vise 9 milliards d'investissements verts de plus d'ici à 2020

Financial Post, Dec 11, 2017
Canadian financial companies funding overseas coal plants as feds push phase-out

Financial Times, Dec 11, 2017
Banks criticised for funding coal deals despite Paris agreement

Environmental Finance, Dec 8, 2017
Global Coal Exit List: How investors can bolster coal divestment

E&E News, Dec 7, 2017
Will Xi help Trump re-enter the Paris Agreement?

DÜNYA, Nov 21, 2017
Kömür sonrasının ayak sesleri

Sustainable Japan, Nov 19, 2017
【国際】Urgewald、世界石炭関連約800社のデータベースを公開。投資家・銀行が主な利用者

L'AGEFI, Nov 16, 2017
Les assureurs français restent investis dans le charbon (rapport)

Diario Digital RD, Nov 15, 2017
El carbón sigue extendiendo su contaminación por América Latina

Inter Press Service, Nov 15, 2017
Coal Pollution Continues to Spread in Latin America 

RSE Data News, Nov 14, 2017
Climat: les investisseurs français financent toujours le charbon

DW.com, Nov 13, 2017 
Is China an overrated climate champion?

Australian Associated Press, Nov 11, 2017
Coal companies revealed in investor list

Revue Banque, Nov 10, 2017
« Augmenter le vert sans mettre un terme au noir ne résoudra absolument rien »

Handelsblatt, Nov 10, 2017
Umweltschützer stellen Kohle-Konzerne an den Pranger

El Periódico de la Energía, Nov 10, 2017
La industria del carbón pretende construir 550.000 MW de nuevas centrales térmicas en todo el mundo

EFE:VERDE, Nov 10, 2017
La ONG Urgewald presenta en COP23 la lista de empresas de carbón del mundo

Mining Review Africa, Nov 10, 2017
German NGO database encourages divestment in the coal sector

Wirtschaftswoche, Nov 10, 2017
Die Mär vom Braunkohleausstieg

taz, Nov 9, 2017
Das Silberne Einhorn macht Kohle

Gazeta Wyborcza, Nov 9, 2017
Czarna lista inwestycji węglowych. Na niej 17 spółek z Polski. Ekolodzy namawiają banki i instytucje do finansowego bojkotu

La Prensa, Nov 9, 2017
ONG presenta listado mundial de empresas del carbón para pedir desinversiones

ZEIT, Nov 9, 2017
Der Schornstein raucht und raucht

The Globe and Mail, Oct 12, 2017
Canada aligns with U.K. to fight global growth in coal-fired electricity

National Post, Aug 30, 2017
Terry Glavin: While you were panicking about Trump, China made some moves

National Observer, July 13, 2017
These 'missing charts' may change the way you think about fossil fuel addiction

AFP, July 5, 2017
China backs hundreds of global coal power projects: report

New York Times, July 1, 2017
As Beijing Joins Climate Fight, Chinese Companies Build Coal Plants

Huffington Post, June 30, 2017
The Dirty 120: Urgewald Exposes World’s Biggest Coal Plant Developers; Calls for Divestment

DeSmogBlog, June 28, 2017
These Companies Plan to Expand Coal Power Worldwide by 43 Percent

Quotes by Finance Experts, Scientists, Politicians & NGO Campaigners

“The GCEL is amongst the most thorough coal databases we have seen so far. AXA has tested the list and finds it promising in terms of risk management, since we believe that some of these coal-related assets may become ‘stranded’ over time. Notably, the addition of “coal expansion” data usefully complements more conventional energy mix data. It is a great tool for investors who want to move their portfolios away from coal. The GCEL is NGO-based but it is also fact-based and sufficiently robust for AXA to use it as a key component of our new climate strategy.”

Sylvain Vanston, Head of ESG integration, AXA

 

“Urgewald has been relentless in building rigorous and effective tools. The Global Coal Exit List makes coal divestment easy and more impactful.”

Tom Kruse, Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

 

"The Global Coal Exist List database provides transparent and important information on the international coal market, and identifies which companies are active in the coal mining and coal power sectors. The financial market needs this important information on the profitability and the 'coal share' of portfolios in order to meet the ever-growing necessity of global climate protection.”

Prof. Claudia Kemfert, Head of Energy, Economics Institute DIW Berlin


“This research is potentially worth millions of dollars to investors. The depth of analysis conducted by Heffa Schuecking and her team is superb.”

Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance, IEEFA institute

 

“The Global Coal Exit List brings transparency to the haze surrounding the global coal industry and shows us that the industry is much bigger than often assumed. The Global Coal Exit List is a practical tool that not only enables divestment, but makes it effective. We can only hope that this brilliant invention will help us prevent run-away climate change.”

Ole von Uexküll, Executive Director, Right Livelihood Foundation

 

“Coal is the climate killer number one among fossil fuels. We therefore need to phase out coal-fired power generation as quickly as possible.”

Prof. Mojib Latif, Climate Scientist, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)

 

“Large parts of Africa are already being hit by climate change. The GCEL puts a spotlight on the companies investors need to ditch before it is too late.”

Trusha Reddy, WoMin, South Africa

 

“The Philippines and Southeast Asia have seen the worst devastation climate change has brought with it – Haiyan, Khanun and many other deadly storms. It is appalling that corporations such as Marubeni and KEPCO continue to push for coal expansion. The GCEL highlights these investments that are clearly incompatible with the aim of limiting global warming to 1.5°C and gives us a fighting chance to stop financiers from pouring more fuel on the fire.”

Gerry Arances, Convener of Southeast Asian Working Group on Climate and Energy

 

“It's astonishing that by 2017 there's anyone left in the world who wants to keep building coal-fired power plants--there really isn't a more destructive path they could be taking. It's a good thing, then, that there's now a list of precisely who's behind these plans, so we can all go to work."

Bill McKibben, Environmentalist and author, Founder of 350.org

 

“This list lays down a clear marker for companies. Those that remain wedded to coal will lose their attractiveness in equity and capital markets. On the other hand, companies like India's NTPC have an opportunity to drop their coal expansion plans and instead look to renewables. That will, in time, allow them to once again attract investment from the growing list of investors moving away from coal.”

Ashish Fernandes, Senior Climate and Coal Campaigner, Greenpeace India

 

“For GLS’ sustainability research, Urgewald’s data is an important and reliable information source for our issuer ratings.”

Marc Pfizenmaier, Sustainability Analyst, GLS Bank (Germany)

 

“Investments in renewables bring cheap and clean energy. This report is decisive for banks to avoid stranded investment and bankruptcy.”

Hans-Josef Fell, President of the Energy Watch Group

 

“The GCEL is an excellent tool for political work with an important goal: The phase out of fossil fuels, beginning with coal. The GCEL covers the entire coal supply chain from coal mines to customers. And what is especially important: The GCEL reveals who is planning to build new coal plants worldwide - even though we all know that coal needs to stay in the ground if we want our blue planet to remain livable.”

Barbara Unmüßig, Executive Director, Heinrich Böll Foundation

 

“Urgewald’s Global Coal Exit List is a very comprehensive database with the potential to be an important signpost for the divestment movement and for investors. The data Urgewald provides has never been available in such a complete form before now. It offers a thorough insight into the coal industry worldwide and helps us understand, who is behind this dirty industry. NGOs, political bodies and investors should take inspiration from the Global Coal Exit List as a detailed new instrument, to accelerate the exit from coal.”

Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament, The Green Party

 

“A recipe against climate killers: The Global Coal Exit List provides a meticulous overview of investments that will get your fingers burnt. Highly recommended reading. Thank you, Urgewald!”

Sven Giegold, Member of the European Parliament, The Green Party

 

"The Global Coal Exit List produced by Urgewald is an excellent tool for understanding asset stranding and energy transition risks. The tool provides one of the most comprehensive and in-depth databases for coal generation and expansion, offering investors one of the most detailed insights into coal exposure. ET Index Research has found the tool to go beyond what many other expensive databases offer and has increased the granularity of our analysis of transition risks on a portfolio level. GCEL is at current the most comprehensive coal database available to investors."

Pekka Piirainen, Investor Engagement Manager, ET Index Research

 

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