To tackle the climate emergency, and ensure that climate policy is conducted entirely in the public interest, we must cut fossil fuel interests out of our politics, similar to existing restrictions on the tobacco industry.
We are joining Corporate Europe Observatory, Food & Water Europe, and Greenpeace EU alongside nearly 200 other organisations worldwide, to campaign for fossil free politics.
We are facing a climate emergency. People are already feeling the impacts of climate chaos, with record storms, droughts, and fires – hitting the global South hardest.
More than two-thirds of man-made greenhouse gas emissions come from the fossil fuel industry. The fossil fuel industry’s core business rakes in billions in profits, while heating the planet and destroying communities.
For decades fossil fuel companies and their lobbyists have denied science, delayed, weakened, and sabotaged climate action. Despite knowing that their business model is killing our future. This stops now.
The only way forward is to ensure that climate policy is made entirely in the public interest. There is a fundamental conflict between the industry’s interests and the public interest. Between their core business and our need to keep global temperature rise below 1.5° C. We need fossil free politics before it's too late.
Similar to existing restrictions on tobacco industry lobbyists, we need a firewall that protects our democratic institutions and our political decision-making from fossil fuel industry interference. No more private lobby meetings, partnerships, or collaborations.
Our political institutions must champion fossil free politics - starting with the European Parliament and European Commission.
Find out more:
- Research: Big oil and gas buying influence in Brussels "With money and meetings, subsidies and sponsorships, the oil and gas lobby is fuelling the climate disaster."
- Press release: Big oil spent over 250 million euros lobbying the EU "The world’s five big oil and gas majors and their lobbyists have spent at least 251 million euros lobbying the EU since 2010."
- Civil society statement, supported by nearly 200 civil society organisations "Dear decision-makers, We are facing a climate emergency, created by the fossil fuel industry. We demand fossil free politics."
- For enquiries please contact: Myriam Douo