Shareholders fire a shot across NAB’s bow over climate failure

18 December 2019 After record levels of shareholder support for climate risk management resolutions at ANZ and Westpac, it was NAB’s turn today to face the music over its failure to adequately manage climate risk. Since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, NAB has continued to lend heavily to … Read More

ANZ grilled on climate inaction and secret coal plan

17 December 2019 Coal lending was on the agenda two weeks before ANZ’s annual shareholder meeting in Brisbane today, as revelations hit the news that ANZ had a secret plan to slash its thermal coal mining loans by 75% (representing more than $700 million) by 2024. The secrecy of the … Read More

Westpac: a laggard on climate change

12 December 2019 Westpac’s board knew they would be facing fired-up shareholders at today’s annual general meeting (AGM) but perhaps weren’t prepared to bear the weight of responsibility for the impacts on communities and customers fighting the climate crisis.  Amid its recent scandals, the board was forced to address the … Read More

Cue Energy’s empty words on climate change is not enough.

10 December 2019 Cue Energy, an Australian ASX-listed oil and gas company that operates in Australia, New Zealand and south-east Asia, had to fend off numerous climate-related questions at its annual general meeting yesterday in Melbourne. In its annual report, the company states: “(Cue) recognizes that the management of the … Read More

Oil and gas still a major focus for Karoon Energy

An offshore oil rig

29 November 2019 Karoon Energy has been given plenty of opportunities to provide a credible and evidence-based climate risk management plan, but continues to shirk this responsibility to its shareholders. At Karoon’s 2018 AGM, CEO Robert Hosking claimed “We are at heart environmentalists”. But when asked by shareholders to provide … Read More

Climate denial alive and well at Armour Energy

27 November 2019 Shareholders of Armour Energy were stunned during the company’s annual general meeting in Brisbane yesterday by Chairman Nicholas Mather’s outrageous claim that human beings are not the cause of climate change. In response to a question from a shareholder concerned about the risks climate change poses to … Read More

Super funds let Beach Energy off the hook on climate change

26 November 2019 Another week, another Australian fossil fuel company belies super funds’ climate engagement claims. Earlier this year, Market Forces named oil and gas producer Beach Energy as one of the 21 big Australian companies undermining climate action. With plans to spend around $750 million each year to massively … Read More

Horizon Oil’s expansion undermines Paris climate goals

Horizon Oil's offshore operations in NZ

22 November 2019 Horizon Oil’s cursory approach to climate risk disregards the reality that the Paris Agreement leaves no room for oil expansion. According to its Sustainability Report, Horizon Oil is working towards full implementation of the G20 Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) recommendations. However, Horizon’s disclosures to … Read More

Bluescope Steel must step up low-carbon ambition

21 November 2019 Bluescope Steel shareholders today called on the company to set new Paris-aligned emission reduction targets to drive low-carbon transition. As one of the top 20 greenhouse gas emitters in Australia, Bluescope Steel is highly exposed to the policy, market and technology shifts required to meet Paris Agreement’s … Read More