Statement on International Public Support for the Clean Energy Transition

We the [undersigned] commit to the following actions to align our international public support towards the clean energy transition and out of unabated fossil fuels. Our joint action is necessary to ensure the world is on an ambitious, clearly defined pathway towards net zero emissions, that is consistent with the 1.5°C warming limit and goals of the Paris Agreement, as well as the best available science and technology. These measures will help stimulate sustainable, resilient and inclusive economic development globally, and support a just transition for affected communities:


We will prioritise our support fully towards the clean energy transition, using our resources to enhance what can be delivered by the private sector. This support should strive to “do no significant harm” to the goals of the Paris Agreement, local communities and local environments.


Further, we will end new direct public support for the international unabated fossil fuel energy sector within one year of signing this statement, except in limited and clearly defined circumstances that are consistent with the 1.5°C warming limit and the goals of the Paris Agreement.


We will encourage further governments, their official export credit agencies and public finance institutions to implement similar commitments into COP27 and beyond. This includes driving multilateral negotiations in international bodies, in particular in the OECD, to review, update and strengthen their governance frameworks to align with the Paris Agreement goals. For government signatories, this will also guide our approach on the boards of multilateral development banks.

In committing to the above, we furthermore recognise:


the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and IEA net-zero analysis show that in the pathways consistent with the 1.5°C warming limit of the Paris Agreement, the global production and use of unabated fossil fuels must decrease significantly by 2030;


that the accelerated alignment of international public and private sector financial flows is critical to driving energy transitions, energy access and supporting the development of both emerging and existing clean technologies, improving livelihoods and employment prospects worldwide;


the progress, driven in part by enabling public finance investments, in reducing the costs of clean energy alternatives such as solar and wind power to become cheaper than unabated fossil fuels in almost every region of the world, revolutionising and transforming energy options and access;


that investing in unabated fossil-related energy projects increasingly entails both social and economic risks, especially through the form of stranded assets, and has ensuing negative impacts on government revenue, local employment, taxpayers, utility ratepayers and public health;


the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to recover better and greener for a sustainable economic recovery that saves lives and improves livelihoods.