Press release

Statement in response to Standard Chartered's announcement today that it will stop financing new coal-fired power plants

"We welcome Standard Chartered’s decision to stop financing new coal-fired power plants and hope that it will exert pressure on other banks, such as HSBC, to follow suit.

"The week before the IPCC will be delivering its report on the importance of limiting global warming to 1.5ºC, Standard Chartered’s decision will go some way towards reinforcing the message that to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, coal can no longer be part of the energy mix.

"We will continue to call on others to commit to similarly climate-appropriate policies and keep fossil fuels in the ground, as part of our Big Shift campaign.”

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Christian Aid welcomes Standard Chartered’s decision to stop financing new coal-fired power plants.