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

Westpac rules out Abbot Point terminal

8 December 2017 Westpac today all but confirmed it would not refinance the Abbot Point coal terminal, striking another blow to the crippled Adani coal mine. Climate related questions dominated the opening of question time at the bank’s annual general meeting in Sydney, revealing a lack of awareness around its … Read More

AWE & Horizon oil- flying blind

24 November 2017 We found out today at their respective annual general meetings that both AWE and Horizon Oil do not classify climate risk as a material business risk, despite both companies’ business models relying on continued fossil fuel exploration and production. Horizon Oil CEO admitted to shareholders that climate … Read More

Beach Energy: leaking mercury

23 November 2017 In response to shareholder questioning at today’s Beach Energy AGM in Adelaide, the company’s board confirmed it would consider adopting the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations by the end of 2018, noting that much more work needed to be done. Shareholders also asked if … Read More

Armour Energy on climate ‘ We can’t comment on that’

21 November 2017 Oil and gas exploration and production company Armour Energy today failed to define climate change as a material risk to its business, and refused to commit to implementing recommendations made by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). At the company’s annual general meeting in Brisbane, … Read More

Protestors meet shareholders outside New Hope AGM

20 November 2017 At last week’s New Hope annual general meeting, protesters from Lock the Gate, Great Sandy Strait Saviours and the Oakey Coal Action Alliance met shareholders out the front to point out that company money was being wasted on public relations and legal battles over the Acland Stage … Read More

Wesfarmers shareholders want actions to match the board’s words

17 November 2017 Yesterday afternoon, consumer staples giant Wesfarmers held their annual general meeting (AGM) in Perth. The AGM saw a big turn-out of more than 2000 shareholders who questioned the board on issues ranging from accountability, risk disclosure, human rights, climate change and executive remuneration. Wesfarmers identifies climate change … Read More