Media Release: ANZ, NAB face shareholder resolutions on climate action

ANZ and NAB called upon to reduce exposure to fossil fuels in line with the Paris Agreement’s climate change goals. Thursday 1 October 2020 Environmental finance organisation Market Forces is today lodging shareholder resolutions with ANZ and NAB. The resolutions call for a reduction in exposure to the fossil fuel … Read More

Media release: ANZ to ditch companies without a climate plan

Will this mean it says ‘no’ to a $500m loan to gas company Santos? 9 September 2020 ANZ CEO Shayne Elliot says the bank will drop customers who fail to develop low carbon transition plans. Speaking at ANZ’s 2020 ESG briefing yesterday, Elliot said: “But if we get to a … Read More

Media release: Suncorp rules itself out of Government’s gas push

For immediate release, 21 August 2020 Suncorp has sent a clear message that it will not be a part of the Federal Government’s gas expansion plans, with an updated policy released today that bans the major Australia-based insurance company from investing in, financing and insuring new and additional oil and … Read More

Media release: Fossil fuel lending by Australian banks tops AU$35bn

New Market Forces analysis – Funding Climate Failure Wednesday 8 July, 2020: Despite repeated pledges and policies to the contrary, Australia’s big four banks have once again increased funding to the expansion of the fossil fuel industry over the past year. The figures mean fossil fuel lending has topped $35.5 … Read More

Media release: Rio faces shareholder revolt over emissions targets

Friday 8 May, 2020: 37% of investors have backed a climate resolution calling on Rio Tinto to set clear targets to cut emissions, including those generated by the-use of its products, or “Scope 3” emissions. While lower than record numbers at Santos and Woodside, the vote is more than six … Read More

Media release: Westpac quits thermal coal by 2030

Monday 4 May, 2020: Westpac’s Climate Change Action Plan Update, released today, has been described as another nail in the coffin of thermal coal, by environment finance group, Market Forces. The policy commits the bank to being out of thermal coal mining by 2030, while the emissions-intensity target set for … Read More