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

World Heritage Day – CommBank customers divest!

On Saturday 18 April, we celebrated World Heritage Day in style. Dozens of Commonwealth Bank customers turned out to divest from the bank outed as helping Adani secure finance for its planned mega coal mine and new export terminal in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Activists also rebranded … Read More

French banks rule out funding Galilee coal exports!

8 April 2015 Three major French banks have announced they will not fund the mega coal mines proposed in the Galilee Basin, or associated infrastructure such as the new coal export terminals at Abbot Point. BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, and Credit Agricole have issued statements that bring to eleven the … Read More

Societe Generale pulls out of Alpha Coal!

6 December 2014 French bank Societe Generale has withdrawn from the Alpha Coal project after months of sustained campaigning by local groups in France. A short statement was released on the bank’s website and the bank tweeted the announcement: Societe Generale’s position concerning #AlphaCoal project — Société Générale … Read More

India rejects Galilee Basin coal

9 November 2014 Polling has revealed strong opposition from within India to the plans of GVK and Adani to import coal from their proposed Queensland mega-mines. The poll, conducted by Indian market research company AZ Research for Market Forces, found that 69% of people in India don’t support the import … Read More

Divestment Day live Oct 2014!

On the 17th and 18th of October, hundreds of Australians will be turning out to close their accounts in protest of the big banks’ role in funding dirty coal and gas projects. We’ll be tracking events around Australia right here on the live blog so stay tuned! Share on Facebook … Read More

The incredible shrinking coal industry

Market Forces in the media Originally published in RenewEconomy, 13 October 2014 A lot has changed in the last few years. Just a few years ago, with prices of both thermal and coking coal through the roof, it was cigars and caviar time for an industry who were proposing more … Read More

Going begging for GVK coal

15 September 2014 Market Forces took pity this morning on GVK, who need to find $560 million by tomorrow as part of their deal to own the Alpha Coal Project, a massive thermal coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. GVK bought Alpha from Hancock Coal in 2011 for $1.2 billion, … Read More

The growth of divestment

29 June 2014 This week, the number of people who have put their bank “on notice” (warning that they’ll switch banks unless loans to fossil fuel projects stop) grew to account for over $160 million in savings alone. As far as metrics go, it’s a pretty good way of appreciating … Read More