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Unravelling the Carbon Web is a project by PLATFORM. We work to reduce the environmental and social impacts of oil corporations, to help citizens gain a say in decisions that affect them, and to support the transition to a more sustainable energy economy.

The Baku Ceyhan Campaign
Impacts of the BTC pipeline
The money behind the pipeline
Financial institutions - breaking their lending rules
Reports & Publications
Is it worth the risk? A financial analysis of the project

The Baku Ceyhan Campaign

PLATFORM is one of the four core partners in the Baku Ceyhan Campaign, and is also part of a wider international network.

Since the BTC pipeline entered the operational phase in May 2006, the Baku Ceyhan Campaign is focusing on providing support to local civil society monitoring the impacts, maintaining public awareness around the projects' failures and holding BP and the project Lenders to account. The pipeline does not disappear once the pipes are buried and the oil begins to flow - it will remain controversial and dangerous for the next 40-60 years.

The Baku Ceyhan Campaign has been challenging BP's plans, supporting affected communities along the route and raising awareness since summer 2001. The Campaign lobbied private banks, international financial institutions and export credit agencies not to fund the pipeline, eventually forcing the Italian Banca Intesa to sell its share in the project. The Campaign demanded and participated in a DTI Select Committee Inquiry, launched cases to the ECHR and ECJ and submitted complaints in five countries that BTC breaks the OECD's Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Fact-finding mission reports have been published on an annual basis, as well as the book Some Common Concerns which has been translated in Azeri and Russian. A review of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Turkish section of the pipeline found  173 violations of international standards, including the World Bank's safeguard policies. The Campaign assisted whistleblowers in highlighting construction failures in Turkey and the application of unsuitable anti-corrosion coating in Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Apart from PLATFORM, the Baku Ceyhan Campaign is composed of The Corner House, the Kurdish Human Rights Project and Friends of the Earth (EWNI).

Partners in the region include the Centre for Civic Initiatives (Azerbaijan), Green Alternative (Georgia), WWF Caucasus and CEE Bankwatch (regional).

International campaign partners include Rising Tide (England), Bank Information Center (USA), Campagna per la Riforma della Banca Mondiale (Italy), WWF (UK),  Les Amis de la Terre (France), Friends of the Earth International and Friends of the Earth USA