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

ANZ’s coal policy. Weak, but at least effective!

28 February 2017 In October 2015, ANZ published a new Energy Policy with a carbon emission threshold to “ensure we only support new coal fired power plants that use advanced technologies and higher quality coal to significantly reduce emissions to at least 0.8 tC02/MWh”. Two months later, it was announced that … Read More

Westpac’s marketing made a little bit more honest

29 January 2016 After years of heavy lending to new fossil fuel projects, and being the only “big four” bank to have failed to distance itself from the proposed Adani Carmichael mega coal mine, we decided it was about time the bank’s marketing caught up with the reality of their … Read More

Shareholders revolt over ANZ’s climate destruction

Update: 10 am, Saturday 17 December 2016 In news breaking this morning, ANZ’s CEO Shayne Elliott told media after the AGM that ANZ’s coal mining exposure was shrinking and he didn’t see a reversal of that trend, effectively ruling out funding for the Adani Carmichael project! Massive! @ANZ_AU CEO Shayne … Read More

Westpac tests the patience of ethical investors

9 December 2016 Westpac’s ‘clean and green’ image was shattered today at their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Adelaide. It started outside the venue where a group of young people presented Westpac with a ‘climate hypocrite’ award for their bankrolling of dirty fossil fuel projects. The world famous fish ‘Nemo’ … Read More

Stanmore Coal: Failing to plan or planning to fail?

30 November 2016 Stanmore Coal owns and operates nine coal mining projects in Queensland, including open cut and underground mines, as well as a number of projects in development. Like most pure play fossil fuel companies, Stanmore is in denial about the future of coal in the wake of the Paris … Read More

New Hope Group: bravely struggling against reality

18 November 2016 Queensland coal miner New Hope Group owns the New Acland, West Moreton and Bengalla coal mines. As a pure-play coal miner that’s currently trying to expand its Acland operations, New Hope’s current business model is completely out of step with global efforts to curb carbon emissions to … Read More

Wesfarmers: not ‘evolving’ quickly enough

11 November 2016 Best known as the parent company of Coles, K-mart, Target, Bunnings and Officeworks, Wesfarmers also owns two open cut coal mines: Curragh in Queensland (100% owned by Wesfarmers) and Bengalla in New South Wales (40% stake). Shareholders attending the Wesfarmers annual general meeting (AGM) asked why the company was … Read More

Whitehaven: A lot to hide this AGM

28 October 2016 Yesterday Whitehaven Coal held their Annual General Meeting in Sydney. They obviously had a lot to hide. While most AGMs are filmed and broadcast, Whitehaven decided to record only the audio, and cut off recording completely before question time. To bring you up to speed Whitehaven is the company that, … Read More