RBC limits future lending for coal plant development, Arctic oil projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Canadian Press:Canada’s largest bank is putting new restrictions on lending to some fossil fuel developments.In a policy released Friday, RBC says it won’t lend money to new coal-fired power generators, thermal coal mines or coal mines that require mountaintop removal. The policy will apply to new investments and not the bank’s current investment portfolio.The bank says it won’t lend to new clients that get more than 60 per cent of their revenue from thermal coal or coal-fired power generation. It will lend to new clients that get some revenue from those industries if they can show they’re moving away from coal or reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.Financing Arctic oil exploration will have to be approved by a special committee and no financing will be provided to oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, “due to its particular ecological and social significance and vulnerability,” said [bank spokesman Andrew] Block.RBC is believed to be the first Canadian bank to join its international peers in backing away from the refuge.[Bob Weber]More: RBC announces new restrictions on financing coal, oil developments RBC limits future lending for coal plant development, Arctic oil projectslast_img

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