NAB confirms it will update stance on polluting oil and gas

11 November 2020 Today NAB released its sustainability report, failing to take the minimum steps needed now to align the bank’s finance activity with the Paris Agreement, while confirming it will update its stance on funding the dirty oil and gas sector by next year. NAB’s funding for the oil … Read More

NAB mealy-mouthed on 2030 thermal coal exit

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5 November 2020 NAB’s full year results released today reveal the bank is “expected” to exit thermal coal mining by 2030, five years earlier than its inadequate official commitment to exit by 2035. NAB’s announcement last year that it would exit thermal coal mining by 2035 drew widespread criticism for … Read More

Westpac increases exposure to fossil fuel power generation

2 November 2020 Westpac’s full year results released today reveal the bank has reduced its exposure to fossil fuel mining and extraction while increasing it to coal and gas-burning power generation over the past year. Westpac’s 2020 Sustainability Performance Report also revealed for the first time the extent of the … Read More

Worley stops short of 1.5°C assessment

26 October 2020 At its annual general meeting last Friday, Worley was a pains to stress the company’s support for a low-carbon energy transition. This is consistent with recent developments at the company, which has historically provided integral engineering services to facilitate the expansion of the oil and gas sector. … Read More

CommBank fails to gaslight shareholders over its gas lending at 2020 AGM

13 October 2020 Today’s annual general meeting (AGM) heard from Commonwealth Bank shareholders who clearly feel the bank isn’t living up to its climate claims and commitments, especially considering its funding for expansion of the gas industry. Gas lending incompatible with the Paris Agreement In August 2019, CommBank committed to … Read More

Media Release: ANZ, NAB face shareholder resolutions on climate action

ANZ and NAB called upon to reduce exposure to fossil fuels in line with the Paris Agreement’s climate change goals. Thursday 1 October 2020 Environmental finance organisation Market Forces is today lodging shareholder resolutions with ANZ and NAB. The resolutions call for a reduction in exposure to the fossil fuel … Read More

Media release: ANZ to ditch companies without a climate plan

Will this mean it says ‘no’ to a $500m loan to gas company Santos? 9 September 2020 ANZ CEO Shayne Elliot says the bank will drop customers who fail to develop low carbon transition plans. Speaking at ANZ’s 2020 ESG briefing yesterday, Elliot said: “But if we get to a … Read More

Suncorp out of oil and gas drilling, leaving QBE isolated

QBE Sydney Market Forces action 2018

21 August 2020 Suncorp has sent a clear message that it will not be a part of the Federal Government’s gas expansion plans, with an updated policy released today that bans the company from investing in, financing and insuring new and additional oil and gas exploration and production. In 2020, … Read More