Sino Gas: climate change not a business risk

18 May 2017 Sino Gas is a small Australian owned unconventional gas company which operates in China. Despite the known risks to land, water and human health associated with fracking, the Macquarie Bank has lent to Sino Gas, as have other international banks. Sino Gas held their annual general meeting … Read More

Revealed: AMP exposed to Adani Abbot Point

11 May 2017 Major Australian financial services company AMP faced intense questioning from concerned shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting in Sydney today after it was revealed AMP Capital has an existing financing relationship with Adani. Adani is the Indian energy giant planning to open up Queensland’s Galilee Basin to … Read More

2017 AGM: Rio Tinto ignore community and climate concerns

4 May 2017 Rio Tinto has been taken to task over its slow response to investors’ climate concerns. At the company’s London annual general meeting last year, shareholders passed a resolution calling on the company to disclose their strategy for dealing with the risks of climate change. But Rio is yet to produce the … Read More

QBE supporting Adani!

At their annual general meeting in Sydney, QBE revealed that even though it has not yet been approached to underwrite the Carmichael mega mine, it has an ongoing relationship with the mine’s owner, Adani. The insurer, which operates globally and is a major underwriter of fossil fuel infrastructure, supports Adani’s … Read More

Media Release: Westpac’s coal exclusion means no funding to Adani coal mine

Brisbane, 28 April 2017 Environmental finance campaigning organisation Market Forces has welcomed the climate change policy update released by Westpac today, which makes the bank the latest to rule out funding Adani’s Carmichael coal mine. The policy tightens the criteria for Westpac’s funding of new thermal coal mines, meaning the bank will … Read More

Media Release: Palaszczuk’s broken promise on QIC Adani trainwreck

Palaszczuk’s broken promise on QIC Adani trainwreck Friday 31 March, 2017: Support to Adani’s rail infrastructure from QIC is in clear breach of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s election promise not to use public money to prop up the controversial coal project, according to environmental finance group, Market Forces. “QIC, wholly owned by … Read More

Exposing Westpac with new honest advertising

Westpac puts a lot of effort into building their brand, which includes talking up their sustainability credentials in their advertising. But in reality Westpac has lent billions to dirty fossil fuel projects, and is the only major Australian bank that hasn’t distanced itself from the controversial Adani Carmichael coal mine. … Read More

Big banks loaned $10 billion to fossil fuels in 2016

6 March 2017 2016 was the first full year after the Paris agreement was signed, and since Australia’s big banks all committed to support the goal of holding global warming to well below 2ºC. So, how exactly did the banks go about backing up their 2°C commitments last year? Well, … Read More