Clean ECA Hub: Legal Strategies to Align Export Finance to the Paris Agreement

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An international online community focused on developing new legal strategies in response to export credit agency (ECA) financing of coal projects, the Clean ECA Hub promotes South-to-South learning on law related to the climate and environment.

ECAs are government-funded bodies that support exporting activities of domestic businesses. Japan and South Korea are the world’s biggest financiers of coal through export credit agencies. The project will investigate the climate consequences of this financing in Indonesia, and alternative pathways for low carbon development.

The Clean ECA Hub provides a space for collaborative learning and the co-design of new legal strategies to address ECA fossil fuel finance, while also informing the future research agenda. The community is made up of litigators, legal experts, academics, finance sector actors, campaigners, NGOs, foundations and civil society groups. Together, the network will identify key legal pressure points and systemic levers of change, supporting local legal capacity to drive the low carbon transition.

The hub will also explore the potential for Artificial Intelligence to aid legal practitioners to deploy the global ‘climate litigation’ case law more effectively, and apply it strategically. In order to minimise our climate impact, the initiative will collaborate through online tools.

The objectives of the Clean ECA Hub are to:

  • Assess the legal basis of ECAs in selected jurisdictions
  • Map environmental and climate-based legal interventions against ECAs
  • Identify and prioritise key causes of action in the short, medium and long term
  • Network with partners to support legal interventions
  • Develop a community of practice to implement these objectives

The project is a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and Climate Strategies and is funded by the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

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