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

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