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Breaking news: Oslo becomes the first capital in the world to divest from fossil fuels!

NGOs Slam Expert Group’s Report on Coal and Oil Investments of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund

Press Release 4.12.2014, from Urgewald, Future in our hands/Framtiden i våre hender and Greenpeace Norway

More than 18 billion kroners has been invested in Indonesian coal by the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, according to an investigation by Future in our hands.
Norway’s two most prominent economic participants – The Government Pension Fund Global and Statoil – are investing billions in 14 big carbon projects that will make it impossible to reduce the climate changes in time. In a new investigation, The Future in Our Hands has identified more than 100 oil fund companies that are investing in increased extraction of coal, oil and gas all over the globe.
The Norwegian Government Pension Fund – Global has shares in 90 of the world’s 100 largest oil companies listed on stock exchanges and in 67 of the 100 largest coal companies. Altogether NKR 241 billion are invested in companies that own more carbon than what we can use if the world is to fulfil the 2ºC goal. This is shown by a calculation made by The Future in Our Hands.
The Canadian mining company Nevsun is accused of profiting from forced labour. The Norwegian Government Pension Fund – Global has invested NKR 74 million in the company.
Eritrea’s youth is fleeing the country by the thousands to get away from forced labour and one of the world’s most repressive countries. The authoritarian government of Eritrea has invited international mining companies to participate in the extraction of gold, copper, and other minerals. The Norwegian Government Pension Fund – Global is taking part in the gold rush, as investor in three mining companies in Eritrea, which all contribute to maintaining the controversial regime.
The Church of Norway has, through Opplysningsvesenets Fond (OvF), made a show of ethical investments in tree-planting companies in Mozambique. But the reduction in poverty and the afforestation remained on paper only. OvF now admits that agricultural land has been stolen from farmers with small holdings and original forest has been cut down.
Norway has used millions of aid money to fight tax fraud by international mining companies in Zambia. The Norwegian Oil Fund has invested more than 1.3 billion kroner in the same companies. Several organizations have filed a complaint against two of the companies for violating the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises.
Last year, Norwatch revealed that the Norwegian government pension fund had invested Africa Israel Investments and in its subsidiary Danya Cebus Ltd, which build settlement on occupied West Bank. Today, the Norwegian Ministry of Finance announced that the Pension Fund has divested from both firms, as well as a Malaysian forest company.
A Norwegian study refutes extreme levels of heavy metals from the AngloGold Ashanti gold mine in Tanzania. But the discovery of poisonous arsenic gives rise to concern and may indicate local emissions.
The gold mine company AngloGold Ashanti found nothing when it looked for pollution around the mine in north Tanzania. A Norwegian researcher believes it looked the wrong way.