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We live in an era of energy injustice

The corporate grip over energy keeps 1.3 billion people without access to electricity. And energy privatisation, supported by the UK government in countries like Nigeria, is putting equitable energy access even further out of reach.

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Power to the people

To ensure everyone has access to energy and tackle climate change, we need to take control of energy from big business and finance, and we need to stop UK aid money being used for energy privatisation.

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Take action against energy privatisation in Nigeria

Ask development minister Grant Shapps to stop wasting UK aid money

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Celebrating people’s resistance in Bangladesh

Yesterday was Phulbari Day, commemorating mass protests which took place exactly nine years ago in opposition to plans by a UK-based mining company, GCM, to build a huge open-cast coal mine in Phulbari in north-west Bangladesh. The 2006 demonstration ended in tragedy when paramilitary forces opened fire on the crowds, killing three people and injuring hundreds.

What next for North Sea oil from the perspective of energy democracy

North Sea oil reserves are both a valuable public resource and a dangerous polluting threat.

With an ever more powerful corporate lobby, how can we hope for any results from Paris?

“Two weeks to save the World in Paris”. “Paris is the moment of truth for our climate”. In the coming months leading up to the UN climate negotiations in Paris you’re likely to hear a lot more statements like these. But the negotiations are now so dominated by corporate interests that they are very unlikely to conclude in a deal that offers any solution for people are the climate.

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Activists will today unfurl a giant banner at the London headquarters of UK listed mining company BHP Billiton in protest against the company’s plans to build a series of coal mines in some of the last remaining stands of primary rainforest in Indonesian Borneo. A petition will be formally presented to company management at 1pm.

Following years of pressure and protests from campaigners, account holders and impacted community members, Barclays have released a policy position statement on Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mining in which they state, “Provision of financial support to companies which are significant producers of MTR sourced coal will be agreed by exception only.”

New research released today shows that since 2002, £140 million of UK aid money has been spent by the Department for International Development on projects to support the privatisation of Nigeria’s energy system, with disastrous consequences.

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Why we are campaigning on energy privatisation, and other questions

August 2015

Despite the UK’s long and unsuccessful experience with energy privatisation, our government continues to support it elsewhere – most recently in Nigeria. The UK continues to pour aid money into a privatisation programme that seems doomed to failure, neglecting policy options that could address Nigeria’s serious energy supply problems.

Here are some commonly asked questions about our campaign on energy privatisation.

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COP out - why Paris won’t deliver and what we need instead

August 2015

Climate change is already hitting the world’s poorest people hardest and it needs to be stopped. The responsibility for the climate crisis lies squarely on the shoulders of the rich, whose consumption and greed has driven us to the brink of disaster. This makes it a problem of social and economic justice.

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Privatising power: UK aid funds energy privatisation in Nigeria

March 2015

Despite its vast oil wealth, over half of Nigerians lack access to electricity, and the country’s grid power usage per person is among the lowest in the world, meaning that many people rely on candles and kerosene, or expensive diesel generators. Lack of electricity hampers the provision of public services like healthcare and education, and makes it difficult or impossible for businesses to operate efficiently. As a result, Nigeria relies on imports for most of its manufactured goods. So it is clear that change is urgently needed to Nigeria’s energy system.