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RWE is Europe’s number one polluter and one of the biggest threats to the climate. 

In order to expand its giant lignite open-pit mines in Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, it has been destroying villages and forests for decades. On the edge of its Garzweiler mine, five villages are still under threat of being wiped off the map for RWE to extract and burn coal that should stay in the ground. French banks BNP Paribas and Société Générale are financing this ongoing disaster. Supporting this toxic coal business means sacrificing lives, and putting our health, the climate and their reputations at great risk.



The resistance is growing against RWE. Villagers, climate activists and the youth movement are joining forces against the German coal giant. An increasing number of financial actors, including French bank Crédit Agricole, are refusing to be complicit in this destruction and putting an end to their support to RWE. It is time for BNP Paribas and Société Générale to follow suit and do the right thing. Let’s show them that standing on the right side of history means dropping RWE now. 

Read more “Guest blog – The French banks behind RWE’s destruction”

Tell Talanx, Lloyd’s, and PZU to stop insuring Poland’s coal company PGE

PGE, one of the biggest polluters in Europe, linked to more than 1,000 modelled premature deaths in 2016, is constantly undermining efforts to address climate change by continuing  its coal business. As PGE expands old mines and digs new ones, insurance companies like Germany’s Talanx, Britain’s Lloyds, and Poland’s PZU support its dirty coal business, putting our health, the climate, and their reputations at greater and greater risk.




Want to get involved in the overall Europe Beyond Coal campaign? You can start by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube, and sharing our social media materials. In October 2018, along with our partners WeMove and CAN, we delivered a petition signed by over 110,000 to EU decision makers, calling on them to stop subsidising coal. Thankyou to everyone who put their name to this call! You can find more information on it here.

MEPs Martina Werner (S&D, Germany), Florent Marcellesi (Greens, Spain) and Dario Tamburiano (EFDD, Italy) receive the petition in the European Parliament


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