Fossil Fuel Non- Proliferation Treaty (FFNPT) for South Asia

The project is part of the global movement to push for a complete ban on the use or extraction of fossil fuel  and shift to non- fossil fuel based energy source. As part of the global initiative, CANSA is leading the preparation of a common South Asian Advocacy strategy that can be used as a basis for background political analysis for advocacy around the FFNPT. The project would provide a map of the power relations, barriers to support and potential allies in efforts to secure support for a supply-side treaty in South Asia.

The main cause of the climate emergency is fossil fuels. Coal, oil and gas are responsible for almost 80% of all carbon dioxide emissions since the industrial revolution. Phasing out fossil fuel production, and fast-tracking progress towards safer and more cost-effective solutions, will require unprecedented international cooperation in three main areas – non-proliferation, global disarmament and a peaceful, just transition.

The world is beginning to recognise that unprecedented levels of international cooperation will be required to prevent the proliferation of fossil fuels, to phase-out existing stockpiles and infrastructure, and to fast-track a just and peaceful transition to safer and cleaner alternatives.

NON-PROLIFERATION

Preventing the proliferation of coal, oil and gas by ending all new exploration and production

The world is on track to produce more than twice as much coal, oil and gas by 2030 than is consistent with limiting the rise in global temperature to below 1.5C, according to the United Nations and other organizations. An immediate end to exploration and expansion into new reserves is needed to prevent the proliferation of unnecessary and unburnable fossil fuels, to protect workers, communities and investments from becoming stranded, and to avoid locking the world into catastrophic and irreversible climate disruption.

GLOBAL DISARMAMENT

Phasing-out existing stockpiles and production of fossil fuels in line with the 1.5C global climate goal

The world’s oil and gas fields and coal mines contain enough carbon to push the world beyond the Paris Agreement’s temperature limits. Phasing-out fossil fuel production must start by regulating fossil fuel supply, limiting extraction, removing subsidies for production, dismantling unnecessary infrastructure, defending the rights of Indigenous Peoples and impacted communities, and shifting support to safer alternatives, in order to align fossil fuel supply with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

JUST TRANSITION

Fast-tracking real solutions and a just transition for every worker, community and country

The scale of the challenge demands urgent collective action. A peaceful and just transition calls for a clear path and a proactive plan to enable economic diversification, implement renewable energy and other reliable, cost-effective low-carbon solutions, and to support every worker, community and country. We can either intentionally develop new ways to meet our needs or lose the window of opportunity to ensure a safe climate, healthy economy and sustainable future.

Just as fifty years ago the world needed a treaty to defuse the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction, the world today needs a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.


Other Useful Resources

The UN Production Gap Report, assessing the gap between the Paris targets and planned fossil fuel production.

The Lofoten Declaration, a global call for a managed decline of fossil fuel production

Net Zero by 2050 A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector by IEA

Click for video The Fossil Fuel Story

Click for video The Fossil Fuel Story Chhattisgarh

Click for video The Fossil Fuel Story from Tamil Nadu

Click for video The Fossil Fuel Story from Kaveri delta

Contact Person

Nakul Sharma (nakul@cansouthasia.net)

EVENTS

Kolkata becomes largest city in the world to support the call for Fossil Fuel Treaty

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Nepalese transportation hub Itahari endorses the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

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Dhulikhel in Nepal is first city in Global South to endorse the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

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10 more parliamentarians from Nepal call for a Fossil fuel free future

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Now 10 Parliamentarians from Bangladesh endorse the call for a Fossil Fuel Free Future

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11 Indian Parliamentarians endorse the call for a Fossil Fuel Non Proliferation Treaty

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