Netherlands contradicts COP26 promise, moves ahead to support 30 year oil and gas production project in Brazil

(Price of Oil, Washington, 23 March 2023) The Netherlands just contradicted its COP26 pledge to end public finance for fossil fuels by the end of 2022 and shift this money to clean energy by issuing a commitment to insure the Brazil Santos Basin Pre-Salt Pole oil and gas production project for around USD 321 million. The Netherlands published a policy implementing the commitment in November 2022, but it has major loopholes that allow continued fossil support by the Dutch Export Credit Agency (ECA) Atradius DSB. This includes a “transition period” in breach of the agreed end of 2022 deadline, allowing projects that have requested financial support in 2022 to still be approved in 2023.