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Polly Bindman


Polly Bindman is a data journalist and sustainable finance reporter based in London. She has worked for Capital Monitor and the New Statesman. Contact Polly at: polly.bindman [at]

Weekly data: Red Sea crisis could quadruple CO₂ emissions from ships

Ships diverting away from the Red Sea put at risk a global goal to reduce shipping emissions by at least 20% by 2030.

North Sea oil and gas assets a risky bet for private equity, think tank warns 

Think tank Carbon Tracker argues that private equity-backed companies operating in the North Sea could see cash flows decline by more than 60% in a ‘moderate’ net-zero transition scenario.

Weekly data: bp and Shell’s spending on renewables flatlines in 2023

Shell decreased spending on “renewables and energy solutions” last year, while bp’s spending on “low carbon energy” has flatlined, finds an Energy Monitor analysis of fourth-quarter results.

Weekly data: at least 40% of North Sea oil and gas licences are owned by foreign investors – new research

Research from the Common Wealth think tank finds that at least 40% of North Sea oil and gas licences are owned by foreign investors.

“17 hours” to save climate conference as UAE publishes new COP28 outcome

Latest draft of COP28 Global Stocktake dubbed “incoherent and dangerous” as language on fossil fuel phaseout is removed.

COP28: OPEC leaks put pressure on Al Jaber to secure a fossil fuel phase-out deal

A leaked letter from OPEC urging member countries to reject a “fossil fuel phaseout” at COP28 suggests formal deal on phase-out is a real possibility.

COP28 Day 3: US, UAE and China lead methane announcement blitz

At a high-level summit hosted by the US, UAE and China, the COP28 Presidency unveiled a raft of announcements targeting methane emissions.

COP28 presidency hails “historic” victory as nations agree Loss and Damage Fund on day one

COP28 President Sultan Al Jaber hails the agreement as “historic”, as it is the first time a decision has been adopted on day one of any COP.

Leading with an invisible hand: what role will private finance play at COP28?

GlobalData’s Energy Monitor walks you through what role private finance can be expected to play at COP28.

Insurers double down on oil and gas – despite making record-breaking payouts for climate-related disasters, report finds

It has been a slow year for insurers’ adoption of new fossil fuel policies, despite 2023 being one of the priciest years ever for payouts due to climate-related disasters.