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Brussels pleads with countries to stay in the Energy Charter Treaty

These days, it is hard to find anyone arguing with a straight face that the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) has…

The Energy Charter Treaty has not aged well

Over a year ago, the International Energy Agency (IEA) called for an immediate end to fossil fuel expansion if the…

States imposing fossil fuel laws risk up to $340bn in oil and gas settlement costs

Legal claims by oil and gas investors against states imposing laws to limit fossil fuel activities could reach a total…

EU’s new sustainable trade strategy is a flop

As public enthusiasm for free trade has waned in recent years, the European Commission has sought to restore confidence in…

Why Biden needs to take a stance on investor lawsuits

Joe Biden’s programme to tackle climate change and decarbonise the US energy system has won praise, but less clear is…

Why investor lawsuits could slow the energy transition

As Covid-19 ground the economy to a halt this spring, global emissions plummeted, the stock prices of top fossil fuel…

Green free trade: Oxymoron or potential climate action tool?

Historically, the UK and the US have been the greatest champions of free trade. However, negotiators in Brussels and Wellington,…