WIN! Standard Chartered rules out new coal…. everywhere!

25 September 2018 Standard Chartered bank today updated its policy on lending to power generation, ruling out new coal power plants anywhere in the world. It confirmed the bank would no longer directly finance “any new coal-fired power plant projects, including expansions, in any location”. This marks a massive shift … Read More

Suncorp continues to divest from fossil fuels

20 September 2018 Today Suncorp demonstrated it has climate change firmly on its agenda and confirmed it continues to divest from fossil fuels. The company is one of Australia’s largest insurance providers, a sector recognised as highly exposed to the physical risks posed by climate change, such as weather-related catastrophes. Earlier this year, … Read More

ANZ finance the purchase of Rio’s last coal mine

5 April 2018 ANZ has contributed to a US$1.7 billion (AU$2.2 b) deal to finance the purchase of Rio Tinto’s last coal asset by Indonesian coal miner Adaro Energy and private equity manager EMR Capital. The deal comes despite ANZ’s repeated claims that the bank’s lending to coal is on its way … Read More

Australian bank policies still lag international peers

The fossil fuel lending policies of Australia’s big four banks have once again been found to fall short of international expectations. In the latest Banking on Climate Change Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card, only NAB’s coal mining policy, announced last year, scored higher than a C-. While it’s worth acknowledging … Read More