China coal shift a body blow to Australian coal

22 September 2021 Overnight, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced to the United Nations General Assembly that China “will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad”. The statement follows similar announcements made earlier this year by Japan and South Korea.  Since 2013, 65% of global public finance for coal power stations … Read More

NAB and Westpac: Stop funding Whitehaven Coal!

NAB & Westpac- Stop Funding Whitehaven's Dirty Coal

15 September 2021 The federal Environment Minister has just signed-off approval for Whitehaven’s climate-wrecking Vickery coal mine. But Whitehaven still needs to find enough money to match the mine’s $600 million price-tag. Despite stating their support for the Paris Agreement, NAB and Westpac loaned a combined $220 million to Whitehaven … Read More

Coal affair sinks Mark Vaile’s uni application

23 June 2021 Thanks to an enormous backlash from students, staff, alumni, donors and the NTEU, former Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of Whitehaven Coal Mark Vaile decided to walk away from his appointment as the next chancellor of Newcastle University [1]. Vaile’s decision underscores that associating with the climate-wrecking … Read More

Woah big spender! New Hope splashes out promoting climate-wrecking coal

New Acland coal mine - Credit - Lock the Gate Alliance

11 June 2021 Data released last month shows that coal company New Hope splurged over $650,000 on the 2020 Queensland election, ranking fourth on a ‘big spenders’ list headed by Clive Palmer’s Mineralogy Pty Ltd [1]. The bulk of the company’s expenditure was on advertising, marketing and public relations advice … Read More

Spotlight on big banks after landmark court decision

Whitehaven coal train protests

28 May 2021 In a landmark judgment yesterday about Whitehaven’s proposed Vickery coal mine, Australia’s Federal Court decided that the national environment minister has a duty of care not to cause harm to young people from climate change. According to Ava Princi, one of the eight school students who brought … Read More

Big banks snub local farmers concerned about Whitehaven Coal

12 April 2021 Whitehaven Coal is one of the biggest coal mining corporations on the Australian share market and some of the world’s biggest banks, including Westpac, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, played a key role in lending $1 billion to the company in 2020.  ANZ and Commonwealth Bank have … Read More

Whitehaven Coal pins hopes to catastrophic 4°C scenario

17 October 2019 Australia’s biggest dedicated coal miner, Whitehaven Coal, went to great lengths to talk up the prospects of demand growth for its product at the company’s annual general meeting in Sydney today. What the Whitehaven board failed to mention, however, was the fact that those demand projections are … Read More

Investors want Whitehaven Coal to disclose climate risk – but not avoid it

Coal trucks

 25 October 2018 Shareholder demands for climate risk disclosure reached a record high in Australia today, as 40% of Whitehaven Coal’s investors supported a resolution demanding the company reveal the financial risks it faces as a result of climate change. Around AUD$2 billion worth of investor support backed the climate … Read More

Whitehaven next in frame for investor pressure on climate

Market Forces in the media Op-ed by Julien Vincent, executive director Market Forces Sydney Morning Herald/The Age, 19 October 2018 Next week investors will get the opportunity to vote on whether an ASX100 company that is custodian of their money should align its strategy with the Paris Agreement on climate change, … Read More

Whitehaven Coal told: get aligned with 2 degrees!

13 August 2018 A shareholder resolution has been lodged with Whitehaven Coal, calling on the company to disclose the risks it faces from climate change and align its strategy with a scenario that holds global warming to less than two degrees. The resolution was signed by 106 shareholders and coordinated … Read More