Westpac is still backing dirty coal!
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Tell Westpac two degrees means no new fossil fuels!
After years of pressure from customers, shareholders, environmental groups and the broader community, Westpac’s climate policy update in 2017 effectively ruled out any loans for the controversial Adani Carmichael mega coal mine.
While Westpac’s updated climate policy was a big win for the Stop Adani campaign, the bank has since ramped up its lending to dirty coal projects by an eye-watering 141% this past financial year alone.
Use this form to tell Westpac they must uphold their pledge to the Paris climate agreement’s goal to keep global warming “well below” 2°C — by stopping the flow of money to this dirty industry.
Westpac’s global fossil fuel lending since committing to keep global warming well below 2°C
According to our latest findings, Australia’s Big Four banks are lending billions to projects that expand the fossil fuel industry despite promising to help limit global warming below 2°C. Take action: tell the Big Four banks to stop funding fossil fuels! https://t.co/Q8yUFP2Ma0 pic.twitter.com/DzYbQciU1d— Market Forces (@market_forces) May 31, 2018
Has Westpac fulfilled its commitments on two degrees?
In December 2015, Westpac publicly committed to taking action to support the international goal of limiting global warming to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. But as our latest 2°C scorecard shows, the bank’s recent lending remains completely inconsistent with that commitment.
A two degree warming limit gives us a very strict carbon budget to work within, meaning 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay underground if we are to have even a 75% chance of not exceeding the limit. Find out more about the big banks and 2°C.
Westpac took a step towards backing up its 2°C commitment in April 2017, when it released a climate policy update. This ruled out finance for most new coal mines — including Adani’s Carmichael project — and also makes it unlikely the bank will fund any new coal power plants. Although moving in the right direction, Westpac’s policy doesn’t go far enough to line up with its 2°C commitment. Check out our full analysis of what Westpac’s climate policy update means for their future fossil fuel support.
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How is Westpac expanding fossil fuels?
Despite its two degree commitment, Westpac continues to loan to companies and projects that are expanding the fossil fuel industry, and has even helped finance a deal to enable the development of one of the biggest untapped gas deposits in Asia.
In April 2016 Westpac contributed a massive $90m to a refinancing deal for InterOil, which will be used to develop the Elk-Antelope unconventional gas fields in Papua New Guinea. These fields will provide gas for a new LNG facility, locking in decades of production of the highly greenhouse gas-intensive fuel. On top of Elk-Antelope’s huge climate costs, unconventional gas production also poses terrible environmental risks.
Find out more about the extent and impacts of banks financing fossil fuels, compare the lending positions of different banks and learn more about how to switch to a bank that aligns to your values.