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Off The Deep End - Foreign Policy and the dash for offshore oil and gas

Off The Deep End – Foreign Policy and the dash for offshore oil and gas

This Platform report provides in-depth analysis of these trends and alerts policy makers to the environmental and safety concerns around present and planned offshore drilling in the UK North Sea and the Falkland Islands. It exposes significant capacity shortfalls in government inspection agencies and highlights key areas where better regulatory oversight is urgently required to...

Follow the Money

  Follow the Money – RBS article in Foto8 Magazine   (This article first appeared in the current, oil-themed issue of Foto8 magazine – http://www.foto8.com/new/in-print/8-magazine ) Despite the fact that there is not a single drop of crude to be found underneath the streets of London, the city acts as one the international capitals of the oil...
No Condition is Permanent, 19 Poets on Climate Justice and Change

No Condition is Permanent, 19 Poets on Climate Justice and Change

No Condition is Permanent features writing and poetry specially selected and written for PLATFORM’s season C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture, which took place at Arnolfini, Bristol, October and November 2009. It takes its title from the packed night of performance and music which took place on November 7th in Arnolfini’s main gallery. C Words was a...

Transforming RBS into “Green Investment Bank” could create 50,000 green jobs

Transforming the Royal Bank of Scotland into the Green Investment Bank would kick start the green energy revolution.  The research, by former PricewaterhouseCoopers consultant, James Leaton, finds that it would bring 50, 000 new green jobs a year, increase efficiency, reduce the UK’s carbon emissions and improve international competitiveness – whilst not increasing the budget...
A Bank for the Future: Maximising public investment in a low-carbon economy

A Bank for the Future: Maximising public investment in a low-carbon economy

The recent financial crisis cost the UK £129 billion in annual GDP and increased the structural deficit by £93 billion. The initial budget cuts announced by the coalition government demonstrate the pain this is causing to public services. The UK can't afford another meltdown, yet short term, high risk, carbon intensive investments are still business...

Should RBS get credit for going green?

CLIMATE change protesters are threatening direct action protests against the Royal Bank of Scotland over dealings with the oil industry. They say the bank invests more in the fossil fuel industry than any other in the UK and claim this is damaging the planet. The Government-owned bank, however, prides itself on its environmental record. The...

C Words: Disgust, Integrity, Solidarity

The text below is from a blog written in February 2010. It reflects on reactions to PLATFORM's 50-day live exhibition and season of over 70 events on art and activism at Arnolfini, Bristol, called "C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture". This took place in October and November 2009, in the context of the run-up to...

The Treasury, UKFI and RBS – the Government’s biggest climate change failure

Evidence submitted by Green Alliance, People & Planet, Platform and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee. This evidence outlines the extent to which RBS are continuing to provide finance for significant projects responsible for climate changing emissions, what UKFI is doing about this, what they would need...

Royal Bank of Sustainability?

At the end of 2008, UK taxpayers became majority owners of the Royal Bank of Scotland, one of Britain’s largest banks. So, since we’ve paid for it, shouldn’t we have some say in how it is run? Kevin Smith, from the campaigning organisation Platform, puts the case – http://www.redpepper.org.uk/Royal-Bank-of-Sustainability/.   In the year since it was...