This page lists all of Platform’s press releases

BUDGET 2016: Oil tax breaks are the wrong course

BUDGET 2016: Oil tax breaks are the wrong course

Oil industry watchdogs Oil Change International and Platform criticised Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement today that Supplementary Charge will be halved from 20% to 10% and that Petroleum Revenue Tax will be abolished entirely. These changes will be backdated to Jan 1 2016. Greg Muttitt, researcher Oil Change International, commented: “David Cameron is right that oil subsidies rip...
Campaign ends Tate's BP deal

Campaign ends Tate’s BP deal

Campaign ends Tate’s BP deal Contact: Anna Galkina / @PlatformLondon / [email protected] It was announced today that BP’s sponsorship of art museum Tate was to end in 2017.[1]   Platform’s campaigner Anna Galkina said   The end of Tate’s sponsorship deal with BP is hopeful news for us, for the art world, and for everyone...
Tate to go back to court over BP secrecy

Tate to go back to court over BP secrecy

Press release: Tate to go back to court over BP secrecy Tate accused of using technicalities to keep BP sponsorship fees secret. Art museum believed to be reviewing BP deal this year, ahead of potential renewal.[1] Hearing scheduled for 11 May 2016. Please contact for details. Contact: Anna Galkina, Platform / @platformlondon / [email protected] Tate...
Artists to take over Tate Modern during Paris climate talks for 3-day unauthorised festival

Artists to take over Tate Modern during Paris climate talks for 3-day unauthorised festival

For immediate release Unauthorised festival to take over Tate Modern spaces during next weekend of climate talks Contact: Mika Minio-Paluello / +44 7733466038 Full programme available on deadline.org.uk/programme Deadline Festival @Tate takes place exactly a year before Tate’s BP sponsorship deal expires Full programme is now available online. Including poetry, video installations, Caryl Churchill play,...
UK local council pensions lose £683 million with coal crash

UK local council pensions lose £683 million with coal crash

RELEASE: UK local council pensions lose £683 million with coal crash Embargo: 00:01am Monday 12 October Contact: Mika Minio-Paluello (Platform London) 07733466038 UK local councils have lost up to £683 million to their pension funds, because of failed investments into coal firms. New data reveals the councils most affected – the value of Greater Manchester’s...

£14 billion risky fossil fuel investments by UK councils revealed

Press release 350.org, Platform, Community Reinvest and Friends of the Earth Embargo: Immediate release: Thursday 24 September 2015 Mass data release: £14 billion risky fossil fuel investments by UK councils revealed Data released today shows UK local authorities have invested £14 billion of their pension funds into fossil fuels. This is the first time that the £231 billion investments...
UK human rights campaigner held overnight and deported from Baku in run-up to European Games

UK human rights campaigner held overnight and deported from Baku in run-up to European Games

Contact in London: Mika Minio-Paluello, 07733466038 / 02074033738 [email protected]   Emma Hughes of Platform has been deported from Azerbaijan, where she was detained and held overnight in Baku airport. Emma had arrived in Baku at 3pm, but was taken off her plane by guards and questioned, then detained. During her detention she was told she...
UK human rights campaigner detained & red-listed in Baku Airport in run-up to European Games

UK human rights campaigner detained & red-listed in Baku Airport in run-up to European Games

Emma has been deported. Up to date press release: http://platformlondon.org/p-pressreleases/emma-hughes-deported-azerbaijan-bp/ Emma Hughes of Platform, a member of the Sport for Rights coalition, has been detained in Baku airport on her way into Azerbaijan, by the BP-Aliyev regime. She has been told she is on a “red list”, had her passport taken from her and will...
‘Shell No!’ Paddle to Seattle indigenous Activists Reach Westminster Shell Investor Meeting

‘Shell No!’ Paddle to Seattle indigenous Activists Reach Westminster Shell Investor Meeting

Thursday May 21st, 2015.  Today, under the shadow of Big Ben, a delegation of indigenous women was joined by campaigners to protest Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic. Mae Hank and Faith Gemmill-Fredson travelled to Shell’s Annual General meetings in the Netherlands and London directly after taking action in Seattle last Saturday on a...
New book ‘Artwash’ reveals Big Oil’s art PR strategies

New book ‘Artwash’ reveals Big Oil’s art PR strategies

Artwash: Big Oil and The Arts by Mel Evans, out 20 April with Pluto Press To arrange interviews, contact Anna Galkina / [email protected] / @platformlondon For review copies or to arrange the publication of an abstract, contact Alison Alexanian / [email protected] New book analyses BP and Shell’s strategy to gain ‘social licence to operate’ by...
Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts. Out 20.04.15. Press pack

Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts. Out 20.04.15. Press pack

Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts is out 20.04.2015. Images and video here

North Sea oil companies demand tax breaks in budget, despite 6 years of eye-watering profit levels

Press release from Platform and Oil Change International Contact:  Mika Minio-Paluello – Platform – 020 7403 3738 / 07733466038      ///////         Greg Muttitt – Oil Change International – 07508 421 527 Figures released today show that North Sea oil and gas companies are many more times profitable than other businesses in the UK and already benefit...