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Withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty

  • Submitted by: Willie Rennie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 22 June 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-09637

That the Parliament notes that a number of European countries plan to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, including France, Germany, Spain, Poland and the Netherlands; understands that Italy withdrew from the treaty in 2016; is deeply concerned about the reported increasing number of legal cases from fossil fuel companies brought against countries which are pursuing policies of action on climate change; notes with concern the potential for these legal challenges to frustrate efforts to tackle climate change; further notes that attempts to modernise the Energy Charter Treaty have failed; recognises what it considers to be the need for a new global framework to incentivise global investment in renewable energy to meet global targets to reach net zero, and calls on the UK Government to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty and support a new framework replacement with a Renewables Treaty to drive innovation, cooperation and the greater adoption of renewable energy.

Supported by: Ariane Burgess, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Katy Clark, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Ross Greer, Monica Lennon, Gillian Mackay, John Mason, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba