International Beyond Coal to Clean Energy

International Finance

International financial institutions (IFIs) have a choice before them -- they can continue to fund dangerous fossil fuel projects that serve large corporations at the expense of local communities, or they can invest in clean technology that increases energy access and while protecting public health and the environment. We work with grassroots groups across the planet to oppose dangerous projects and to advocate for institutional policies that reject financing coal in favor of investing in renewable energy and alleviating energy poverty.

Clean Energy Access

Approximately 1.3 billion people around the world live in darkness, often without access to even small amounts of life-changing electricity. The good news is that we can change this by deploying off-grid renewable energy technologies. These technologies are available today, and are better suited to meeting the challenges of energy access than centralized coal projects and grid extension. That means we can solve energy poverty and climate change at the same time.

Tata Mundra

Tata Mundra is a failing project. Even its backers admit it is running at unsustainable losses. Now, the company is asking for a bailout from the Indian government in the form of higer electricity rates for consumers to cover the costs, putting the price of electricity beyond the reach of the people it was supposedly built to help.

Great Barrier Reef

Media reports have linked the US Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) to plans to open enormous coal mines in Australia's Galilee Basin, and then dredge within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site to expand shipping channels to take the coal to Asia. Despite worldwide uproar over the proposals, Ex-Im refuses to deny the links. Should Ex-Im approve financing for the projects, our taxpayer dollars will be supporting the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef.

Grassroots Movement to Move Beyond Coal to Clean Energy

There is no way around it: Coal kills. That's why there is movement growing across the globe as activists band together to oppose dangerous coal projects in their communities. The Sierra Club supports these efforts by connecting grassroots groups with resources, providing expertise and training, conducting research, pressuring financial institutions, and helping raise the voices of affected people and activists as they stand against multi-national corporations to demand a say in what happens to their air, their land, and their water.