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

Senex: company statements on the Paris Agreement are hollow

SENEX field

18 November 2019 Senex, an Australian oil and gas company, states in its annual report that the company “recognises and accepts the science of climate change and fully supports the objectives of limiting global temperate rise as agreed by governments in the 2015 Paris Agreement.”  It seems, however, from the … Read More

Prairie Mining directors still failing to meet legal obligations

Coal feeder

November 18, 2019 Last year, Prairie Mining Ltd chair Ian Middlemas was singled out by the Guardian as a director that may be struggling to understand his legal obligation to consider the risks that climate change poses to the business. Middlemas’ statements at Prairie Mining’s 2018 annual general meeting showed … Read More

Shareholder revolt sees LNG Limited’s Chairman ousted

15 November 2019 LNG Limited shareholders are clearly fed up with the company’s terrible financial performance in recent years, with the company’s share price now sitting at less than 5% of its 2015 peak. Huge protest votes were cast by LNG Limited shareholders regarding all items of business at the … Read More

BHP commits to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050

7 November, 2019 BHP Chair Ken MacKenzie has publicly applauded the European Commission’s proposal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. However, until now it has been unclear as to whether BHP will adopt the same goals. This appears to have resolved at today’s annual general meeting in Sydney, where a … Read More

South32 lagging on climate plans

24 October 2019 South32’s failure to bring forward emission reduction plans and commit to addressing downstream emissions leaves the company behind its big mining peers. Diversified miner South32 today confirmed it won’t be updating its emission reduction plans and targets until 2021. This will leave the company behind its big … Read More

Aurizon AGM dominated by Adani concerns

17 October 2019 Aurizon’s annual general meeting (AGM), held in Brisbane today, was dominated by concerns over Aurizon’s potential involvement in the destructive Adani Carmichael coal project. Both shareholders inside the meeting and #StopAdani activists outside called on the rail freight company to refuse to provide coal haulage services to … 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