The Urgewald team. Credit: Andreas Schoelzel

About Us

GOGEL is compiled by Urgewald e.V. Urgewald is a German environment and human rights NGO, whose goal is to establish strong environmental and social standards for the international finance industry. It was founded in 1992 to monitor the activities of European banks and companies abroad and to provide advocacy services to communities, whose environment and livelihoods are threatened by controversial investment projects.

A special trademark of Urgewald’s work is the combination of in-depth research, media outreach and public campaigning. Urgewald has over 25 years of experience in working on the finance and energy sector. In 2015, it played a key role in moving two of the world’s largest investors - the Norwegian Government Pension Fund and the German insurance company Allianz to divest from the coal industry. These are up to now the world’s two largest coal divestment actions. These two successes inspired Urgewald to begin compiling the Global Coal Exit List (GCEL). The GCEL was first launched in 2017 and is updated each year. Today, over 600 financial institutions are registered users of GCEL and the database has also become an important tool for civil society organizations, media, researchers and even regulatory bodies.

The Global Oil & Gas Exit List (GOGEL) is Urgewald’s latest data project. GOGEL is published each fall and is supported by a network of partner organizations.


Urgewald relies on a global network of NGO partners to realize and distribute GOGEL. One of our key partners is Global Energy Monitor (GEM). GEM’s data on fossil infrastructure projects is the main information source for the midstream section of GOGEL. For the reputational risk section of GOGEL, partner organizations from around the world provide information on projects in their regions. All in all, 23 partner organizations from around the world are partners of the GOGEL project.


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