Analysis: Singapore banks signal an end to new coal financing

18 April 2019 This week saw Singapore’s two biggest banks, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) and DBS, commit to an end point for their lending to new coal power plants. On Monday, OCBC CEO Samuel Tsien told media: “We won’t do any new coal-fired power generation plants in any countries, except … Read More

Our Future: clean energy a test for banks’ rehabilitation

Today’s release of the Royal Commission’s report into the financial services industry will chronicle the recent misconduct of the major banks and plot a course for how the industry can restore some integrity. It’s going to be a long road back, but one opportunity for redemption comes in the role banks can play reshaping our energy landscape. 

Standard Chartered tries to have it both ways on coal

Vietnam coal power plant

Op-ed by Julien Vincent, executive director Market Forces Published in Asia Times, 21 January 2019 While 2018 climate-change news was dominated by President Donald Trump’s announcement of the United States’ intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, it was also a year when the financial sector continued its inexorable march … Read More

Big four banks increase their fossil fuel exposure

January 2019 Australia’s major banks have been getting back into fossil fuels over the last year, casting doubt on their seriousness in tackling climate change through their investments. This study compares the banks’ reported exposures to fossil fuels and renewable energy from 2017 to 2018, finding some very worrying trends. … Read More

ANZ: still not living up to its climate commitments

Our Banking Royal Commission has exposed massive discrepancies between what Australia’s big four banks say and how they act. ANZ is a glaring example with chief executive Shayne Elliott and chairman David Gonski committing to both climate and human rights principles that the bank has not stuck to. Shareholders made … Read More