Aurizon doesn’t want to become ‘public enemy number one’

18 October 2018 Aurizon’s relationship with Indian coal mining giant Adani dominated question time at its annual general meeting in Brisbane today. Last month, Adani proposed a shorter rail line that would link its proposed Carmichael mega mine in the Galilee Basin to Aurizon’s existing Central Queensland Coal Network. “Would … Read More

Paris climate goals not on the menu at Treasury Wines

18 October 2018 Wildfires tore through the Napa Valley in October 2017, devastating the Californian wine industry. As the hills went up in flames, the estates owned and operated by Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) miraculously survived with only minor damage. The fires, widely linked to climate change, were a focus … Read More

Climate risk disclosure: Transurban still in the slow lane

“…we don’t consider it [climate change] to be one of the significant business risks or financial risks for Transurban” Marcus Laithwaite, auditor   11 October 2018 You might not have heard of the company, but chances are you’ve driven on one of their roads.  Transurban operates major tollways in Australia … Read More

AGL reaffirms closing Liddell coal-fired power station by 2022

26 September 2018 Today energy giant AGL faced angry community representatives and shareholders at its annual general meeting (AGM) in Melbourne. Most of question time was taken up by the Western Port community voicing their concerns over Crib Point, with the board becoming visibly frustrated at having to engage with the … Read More

Macquarie to produce climate risk scenario analysis

26 July 2018 “Risk has always been at the heart of Macquarie”, said Nicholas Moore, managing director and chief executive officer at today’s annual general meeting in Sydney.  As part of its risk framework, Macquarie Group will now begin producing a scenario analysis – stress testing the group’s multi-billion dollar … Read More

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’

25 May 2018 ‘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 … 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