Civil society to banks: get off fossil fuels!

15 September 2016 Over 100 civil society organisations and prominent Australians have signed an open letter, published today, that calls on Australia’s major banks to live up to their climate change commitments. The letter, signed by environmental and faith-based groups, unions, artists, writers, academics, health professionals, climate change scientists and … Read More

Banks fail 2ºC climate test, pour $5.6b into fossil fuels

3 August 2016 Australia’s big four banks have made a mockery of their ‘two degree’ commitments, pouring $5.6 billion into the fossil fuel sector since the December 2015 Paris climate change agreement. Our latest research shows the banks’ have failed to come anywhere close to meeting their commitments to help hold global … Read More

NAB chalks first stranded coal power plant

9 July 2016 The Callide C coal-fired power station in Central Queensland has gone into receivership after failing to make a $50 million payment on its debt which expired last month. Several news sources, including the Australian Financial Review, are reporting the development but what has so far gone unnoticed … Read More

Renewables lending plummets as Katter calls for coal funding

4 July 2016 On the same day that Bob Katter demands public money be sunk into the proposed Galilee Basin coal export projects we find that, as of late June 2016, the big four banks’ lending to renewable energy is near record lows. If we had a dollar for every #renewableenergy … Read More

Can the big banks be coal free in five years?

18 May 2016 Whether or not they realised it at the time, Australia’s major banks signed up to some radical changes at the end of 2015. They all came out in support of the goal to hold global warming to below two degrees, recognising the role they had to play … Read More

QBE dodges questions but offers dialogue

5 May 2016 Market Forces representatives attended the QBE AGM in Sydney on Wednesday. QBE is the largest insurer in Australia by market capitalisation, and operates across 37 countries employing over 14,000 people. QBE is also a critical ally to the fossil fuel industry – it underwrites offshore oil rigs, … Read More