Australia’s major banks keep on fueling the climate crisis

Big banks fueling the climate crisis

7 March 2020 The latest data on bank lending to fossil fuels over the last four years shows that Australia’s major banks continue to undermine the Paris Agreement and global action on the climate crisis by lending to dirty fossil fuels. Westpac, Commbank, ANZ and NAB collectively poured a massive … Read More

Increased coal and gas lending as Westpac approaches policy due date

5 March 2020 Australia has faced years of worsening bushfires, storms and drought since Westpac last announced a climate policy. This policy is obviously inadequate as the bank has sunk $5.4 billion into fossil fuels, including $846 million to projects that expand the scale of the industry, since it pledged … 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

NAB climate commitments too little, too late

15 November 2019 NAB’s sustainability report, released today, signaled an end to the bank’s involvement in thermal coal mining, but places its exit far later than what is needed to help meet the Paris Agreement climate goals. The commitment to be out of thermal coal by 2035 is five years … Read More

Getting out of coal can’t save CommBank scrutiny at its AGM

16 October 2019 In August, Commonwealth Bank took a major step forward when it committed to get out of thermal coal by 2030, a commitment that no other major bank has so far made. Today, shareholders showed their appreciation for this commitment, but quickly moved to hold the bank to … Read More

Take Action: HSBC violates its coal mining policy to fund Adani Carmichael

23 August 2019 Over 55 major corporations, from banking and insurance to engineering and construction, have ruled out working on the disastrous Adani Carmichael coal project. One of these companies is HSBC. Back in 2016 HSBC announced it would no longer finance new thermal coal mines. However, it was revealed … Read More

Macquarie’s slow progress leaves room for gas expansion

25 July 2019 Macquarie Group’s annual general meeting today saw the company face community and shareholder backlash over its advisory role on the huge Rio Grande liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the United States. While Macquarie has made some good progress on climate risk disclosure this year, the company’s … Read More

Non, merci! Rothschild & Co. walks away from Adani

16 May 2019 In May 2018 it was revealed that French investment bank Rothschild and Co was helping Adani to sell a minority stake in the Abbot Point coal terminal on the North Queensland coast. The terminal would act as the port through which coal from the proposed Carmichael coal … Read More

NAB hauled over the coals at its 2018 AGM

NAB was forced to lay bare its contradictory climate and environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies highlighting the vast discrepancy between what the bank says, and what it does during question-time at its annual general meeting (AGM) in Melbourne.