Australian bank policies still lag international peers

The fossil fuel lending policies of Australia’s big four banks have once again been found to fall short of international expectations. In the latest Banking on Climate Change Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card, only NAB’s coal mining policy, announced last year, scored higher than a C-. While it’s worth acknowledging … Read More

AECOM: “Like a dentist handing out candy”

It’s getting lonely for Adani in their destructive quest to build the Carmichael coal mine and railway line. Twenty-eight major banks across four continents have now stated they will not lend money to the project. Adani’s construction partner Downer EDI has walked away. Most recently, Aurizon, Australia’s most experienced coal … Read More

Media release: Singaporean banks blowing smoke on climate

A new analysis from environmental finance group Market Forces shines a light for the first time on Singaporean banks’ continued funding of the coal industry, despite public pronouncements on climate action. Market Forces analysed data relating to the lending activity of Singapore’s big three banks, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), DBS … Read More

ANZ doesn’t intend for coal exposure to increase

19 December 2017 Climate change was a popular topic at ANZ’s annual general meeting (AGM) today in Sydney. Even before the meeting started, shareholders were greeted by Santa and some elves, who were handing out fliers highlighting ANZ’s fossil fuel lending. Inside the meeting Chairman David Gonski addressed the issue … Read More

NAB rules out new thermal coal

NAB has become the first of Australia’s big four banks to rule out lending to all new thermal coal mines or extensions! The bank’s updated risk appetite statement on coal mining, released today, says: “NAB will no longer finance new thermal coal mining projects.” Use the form below to acknowledge NAB’s … Read More

Media release: Response to Origin greenhouse gas reduction target

14 December 2017 Response to Origin Eraring coal-fired power plant closure announcement – Market Forces “While the headlines seem laudable, Origin is doing no more than closing Eraring on its 50-year use-by date.” “In fact given that Eraring makes up approximately 70% of Origin’s overall emissions, the company is committing to … Read More