Energy treaty threatens EU's climate action goals, campaigners say

Campaigners have urged EU negotiators to push for the climate-proofing of the relatively unknown Energy Charter Treaty, to stop fossil fuels companies using it to sue governments over their environmental policies, in an open letter signed by more than 250 organisations.

They call on EU governments to “withdraw from or jointly terminate the ECT, if the modernisation process fails to promptly make the agreement climate- and environment-proof by removing investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and protections for fossil fuels”.

Signatories also warned that the ‘European Green Deal’, the Commission’s flagship green policy that is due to be unveiled on 11 December, could be undermined if the treaty is not Paris-compliant.

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