The World Bank and IFC have substantially supported the development of fossil gas and LNG infrastructure, including through financing gas-fired power stations, pipelines and LNG regasification plants in Bangladesh. Both institutions bear responsibility for Bangladesh’s unsustainable and volatile gas-based energy model.
There is US$379 billion of new gas infrastructure planned in Asia which is at risk of becoming stranded assets. Yet the nations of the world are transitioning away from fossil fuels to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. Planned gas investments in Asia include $189 billion of gas-fired power plants, $54 billion of gas pipelines, and $136 billion of new liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and export terminals. If built and run at full capacity, these would contribute to pushing the world way beyond 1.5°C of warming.
The World Bank Group must: