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...

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...

Licence To Spill

This short publication looks at how oil companies need and use sponsorship of the arts.

A Lake of Oil: Congo’s contracts escalate conflict, pollution & poverty

A Lake of Oil analyses confidential oil contracts held by UK companies Tullow and Heritage in the Democratic Republic of Congo that were leaked by Platform, revealing the danger of economic rip-off and rights abuses in one of Africa's most unstable countries.

Cashing in on Tar Sands: RBS, UK banks and Canada’s “blood oil”

Tar sands extraction in Canada is devastating Indigenous communities, wildlife and vast areas of boreal forests, as well as being many times more carbon-intensive to produce than ‘conventional’ oil. The higher oil prices in recent years have meant that it’s become a more attractive prospect for oil companies to expand their operations in the costly...

Contracts Curse: Uganda’s oil agreements place profit before people

Held secret by the Ugandan government and oil companies Tullow and Heritage, Platform has revealed the terms of the contracts for oil operations by Lake Albert on the Uganda-Congo border, and their economic implications. For the first time, Uganda’s Production Sharing Agreements are available to the public to read, after a leaked copy was placed...

Towards a Royal Bank of Sustainability: protecting taxpayers’ interests; cutting carbon risk

This report has been commissioned by People & Planet, World Development Movement, Platform, Friends of the Earth Scotland, and BankTrack to investigate whether and how the Government should align its recent investment in the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) with social and environmental objectives, in particular to combat climate change. Although many of its recommendations...

C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture

Newspaper-catalogue for Platform’s major exhibition and 50-day season of events at Arnolfini, Bristol, Oct/Nov 2009. Contains essays and schedule of events, workshops, courses, art-interventions, film screenings, courses and performances on issues of climate justice in the run-up to the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change – COP 15 – in Copenhagen. Download the C Words...

Shell’s Big Dirty Secret – insight into the world’s most carbon intensive oil company and the legacy of CEO Jeroen van der Veer

This report rates the carbon intensivity of the top international oil companies, revealing that Shell is the most carbon intensive oil company in the world based on its total resources. Research for the report was conducted by Platform, Greenpeace UK, Oil Change International and Friends of the Earth. Download the report (pdf) or read online below....

BP and Shell: Rising Risks in Tar Sands Investment

This report details the range of existing and emerging risks that BP and Shell face from their expansion of production in the Canadian Tar Sands. We believe these risks are significant for BP and Shell shareholders and that investors should question the companies more deeply on their tar sands strategies, and call for greater transparency...

Cashing in on Coal – RBS, UK Banks and the Global Coal Industry

From concerns over air pollution and acid rain, to the recent rising awareness of carbon emissions and climate change, coal has been recognised as the dirtiest  and most inefficient fossil fuel option. Despite this, coal is experiencing a global boom, with corporations opening new mines and commissioning new power stations. High street banks are making...

The Oil & Gas Bank: RBS & the financing of climate change

The Royal Bank of Scotland is covering up involvement in carbon emissions greater than those of the whole country of Scotland. PLATFORM's report “The Oil & Gas Bank”reveals the extent to which RBS-NatWest is providing the financial fuel driving climate change. RBS is more "oil" than "royal", as the bank financing oil & gas extraction....