AusNet: no commitment on the UN Task Force

AusNet own and operate the Victorian electricity transmission network, which is mainly powered by brown coal in the Latrobe Valley. Since Australia needs to keep 95% of its coal in the ground to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of holding global warming well below two degrees, this means the company’s … Read More

FAR directors change their opinion about climate risk

FAR, an Australian oil and gas exploration company that operates mainly in Senegal, finally accepted the importance of climate change as a business risk at their annual general meeting (AGM) today. This was in sharp contrast to last year’s AGM where the topic was not mentioned until question time, and … Read More

Sydney Airport – ‘still above water so we’re in good shape’

‘According to Coastal Risk Australia, sea level rise is expected to flood parts of the Sydney Airport runway. This flooding occurs even in the low scenario, where the expectation is that there would be a worldwide reduction in global emissions. What current modelling is our company using for this, and … Read More

Caltex proves fossil fuels are incompatible with 2 degrees

Caltex CEO Julian Segal made a perfect case for ditching the company’s fossil fuel-reliant business model yesterday at the company’s Annual General Meeting when he said “If we were to put a target to reduce emissions by 50%, that would mean closing the refinery at Lytton”. See the clip here: … Read More

Big institutions back Rio Tinto resolution

2 May 2018 A resolution calling on Rio Tinto to publish the payments that it makes to groups lobbying on energy and climate policy, and to review whether such memberships are consistent with Rio’s stated support for emissions reductions, featured prominently at the company’s annual general meeting today.  The resolution … 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