Investing in the Galilee Basin on the agenda of the QIC

A Market Forces Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed that the Queensland Treasury has held talks with Queensland Investment Corporation regarding the prospect of QIC investing in proposed Galilee Basin coal export projects. The request, which was for “records of correspondence between the Queensland Treasury and QIC pertaining to … Read More

Shareholders put climate front and centre

Market Forces is all about empowering community members to hold organisations accountable for their climate and environmental impacts. A major element of this work involves working with shareholders to enable them to raise these issues directly with companies at their annual general meetings (AGMs). In the first half of 2017, … Read More

CommBank’s climate fail

Commonwealth Bank has been given FAIL grades in all four categories of a new study into international banks’ fossil fuel lending policies. With no publicly disclosed policies to restrict coal mining, coal power, LNG exports or extreme oil, Commonwealth Bank found itself at the bottom of a pile of 37 … Read More

Join our Melbourne campaign team, 29 June

With our victory getting Westpac to rule out funding any thermal coal mines in new coal basins, the momentum is building on the #StopAdani campaign and you can be a part of it! Join our Melbourne volunteer team at our upcoming meeting, meet like-minded people and find out how you … Read More

CalSTRS to completely divest from thermal coal, including Whitehaven

CalSTRS, the US$200 billion Californian State Teachers’ Retirement System, has announced it will divest all non-US thermal coal holdings from July 1. The commitment follows the fund’s decision to dump all US thermal coal holdings in December 2015. Here in Australia, the CalSTRS decision will see them sell off their holdings … Read More

The financial backers of Vietnam’s latest 3 power stations

Reuters is reporting that, with Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc preparing to visit Japan, licences will be awarded on three proposed new coal-fired power stations that would be heavily backed by Japanese funding. The article does not name the plants, but Market Forces is aware that the three mentioned are Namh … Read More

Media Release: Lack of funders belies Adani’s investment intentions

TUESDAY 6 JUNE, 2017: Adani’s expected ‘investment decision’ concerning its proposed Carmichael mine is little more than a PR stunt, according to environmental finance group Market Forces. With a net debt estimated at $2.5 billion, Adani Enterprises has yet to raise a single cent of the $5 billion required to capitalise … Read More