Renewable energy roadblocks sending investment offshore

20 July 2015 In today’s Australian Financial Review, NAB has vowed to continue lending to renewable energy projects despite the Australian government’s clear aversion to the sector, with a reported $1.6 billion worth of commitments to future projects globally. NAB has claimed for several years that it is Australia’s biggest lender … Read More

Australian LNG projects: the next stranded assets?

9 July 2015 For years, Australia has harboured dreams of being a big player in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. Former Energy and Resources Minister (and now, conveniently, Chairman of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association Advisory Committee) Martin Ferguson was hell bent on the idea that we … Read More

Commbank biggest lender to coal and gas in the Reef

16 May 2015 A lot has changed in the two years since we released our Financing Reef Destruction report, which identified Australia’s big four banks as the leading financiers of fossil fuel projects within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Some changes have been for the better, and it is good to reflect on … Read More

Downer’s shares jump on false figures

14 May 2014 Market Forces, represented by lawyers at Environmental Justice Australia, has submitted a complaint to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in response to an allegedly misleading disclosure published by Downer EDI in December last year. Downer had announced to the stock market that Adani had chosen them to construct and … Read More

ANZ heralds end of mining, so why are they still lending to coal?

6 May 2015 ANZ chief executive Mike Smith yesterday warned investors and the wider Australian public that the country must move on from the resources boom. Echoing the widespread expectation that commodities prices will not recover to anywhere near their former lofty heights, Smith highlighted the need to move away … Read More

Deutsche Bank rules out financing Abbot Point coal port expansion

22 May 2014 Deutsche Bank made an important commitment at their annual general meeting that could help us keep many more banks from financing the expansion of coal exports in Australia. Deutsche Bank’s Chairman agreed that the bank would not consider any request to finance the expansion of the Abbot … Read More