In another signal that \u0022the era of fossil fuels is coming to a close,\u0022 Europe\u0026#039;s biggest bank, HSBC, announced Friday that it will no longer fund oil or gas projects in the Arctic, tar sands projects, or most coal projects.The move was cheered by climate campaigners on social media, who said, \u0022This is huge,\u0022 and called it \u0022incredible news.\u0022BREAKING: @HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank has just announced that it will no longer provide funding for new tar sands pipelines. #stoppipelines #StopKM pic.twitter.com/TK4ceLYlkl— Greenpeace UK (@GreenpeaceUK) April 20, 2018According to Daniel Klier, group head of strategy and global head of sustainable finance at the financial giant, the bank recognizes \u0022the need to reduce emissions rapidly to achieve the target set in the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global temperatures rises to well below 2°C and our responsibility to support the communities in which we operate.\u0022The changes are laid out in HSBC\u0026#039;s updated energy policy, which says it will no longer provide financial services fora) New coal-fired power plant projects, subject to very targeted exceptions of Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam in order to appropriately balance local humanitarian needs with the need to transition to a low carbon economy. Consideration of any such exception is subject to: (i) independent analysis confirming the country has no reasonable alternative to coal; (ii) the plant’s carbon intensity being lower than 810g CO2/kWh; and (iii) financial close on the project being achieved by 31 December 2023b) New offshore oil or gas projects in the Arcticc) New greenfield oil sands projectsd) New large dams for hydro-electric projects inconsistent with the World Commission on Dams Frameworke) New nuclear projects inconsistent with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) standardsThe announcement, said Kelly Martin, director of Sierra Club\u0026#039;s Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign, \u0022is an important step forward for Europe\u0026#039;s largest bank, and yet another signal to Donald Trump and the rest of the world that, despite their worst laid plans, the era of fossil fuels is coming to a close. There is no future in Arctic fossil fuel operations. There is no future in tar sands. And there is no future in coal.\u0022According to Keith Stewart, senior energy strategist at Greenpeace Canada, \u0022Financial institutions around the world are seeing the reputational and material risks these pipelines pose in a post-Paris world where respecting Indigenous rights and the need to transition off of fossil fuels is smart business and not just good public relations.\u0022Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who appears to be ready to subsidize the widely opposed Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline, should take note of the shift by HSBC, added Stewart.\u0022Before deciding to write a check to Kinder Morgan, Justin Trudeau should ask himself if he wants to rush in where HSBC fears to tread,\u0022 he said.While HSBC\u0026#039;s announcement, as well as similar actions taken by other banks like BNP Paribas, should be lauded, the institutions need to go further, added Sierra Club\u0026#039;s Martin.She said that \u0022it cannot be overstated how critical it is that HSBC and the world\u0026#039;s other major banks immediately end financing for all fossil fuel projects around the world. Institutions should no longer continue financing any fossil fuel projects when cheaper, cleaner, more reliable energy solutions like wind and solar are readily available.\u0022The news come a month after a report showed that banks are continuing to bankroll the climate crisis by funneling $115 billion into tar sands, offshore oil drilling, and coal mining projects.\u0026nbsp;That report, entitled \u0022Banking on Climate Change\u0022 and endorsed by dozens of environmental groups, ranked HSBC the seventh worst in the world for the financing of \u0022extreme fossil fuels.\u0022 It also found that from 2016 to 2017—\u0022Even as the impacts of climate change become increasingly apparent\u0022—it made a $2.6 billion increase in such financing.