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Climate policies under attack: How Fortum/Uniper are using an obscure international treaty to demand 1,000,000,000 Euro from Dutch taxpayers.
Fortum/Uniper webinar 1/4

The Netherlands passed a law in December that bans burning coal for electricity production by 2030. Uniper runs one of five coal-fired power stations in the country and has threatened to use the Energy Charter Treaty, an investment treaty from the 1990s, to extract about a billion Euro in compensation from Dutch taxpayers. The same treaty has been used in the past to attack a ban on oil drilling in Italy, new environmental rules for a coal-fired power plant in Hamburg and Germany's nuclear exit. This webinar will give you a short introduction to the Energy Charter Treaty and why it is a hindrance to the energy transition. We will also look at the Dutch coal phase-out law, how it links to the Urgenda court cases and why the Uniper threat to sue could spell disaster for coal exits in other countries.


Pia Eberhardt, trade and investment expert, Corporate Europe Observatory

Bart-Jaap Verbeek, researcher, SOMO - Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (Netherlands)
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