QBE to review climate risk of investments and underwriting

16 August 2018 Yesterday, volunteers from Market Forces and 350.org visited QBE’s head office in Sydney and spoke to staff about its climate change policies. QBE, Australia’s largest global insurer, is facing increasing pressure to end its support for fossil fuels. The company is an important provider of insurance to … Read More

Artwork contributes to supporting Narrabri locals

In May this year, hundreds of people contributed to a crowdfunder to allow locals, including five farmers and a Gomeroi Traditional Owner, to attend the Santos annual general meeting to show the overwhelming community opposition to Santos’ coal seam gas project. One supporter, Jenny McCracken, raised money for this crowdfunder … Read More

Macquarie to produce climate risk scenario analysis

26 July 2018 “Risk has always been at the heart of Macquarie”, said Nicholas Moore, managing director and chief executive officer at today’s annual general meeting in Sydney.  As part of its risk framework, Macquarie Group will now begin producing a scenario analysis – stress testing the group’s multi-billion dollar … Read More

AusNet: no commitment on the UN Task Force

AusNet own and operate the Victorian electricity transmission network, which is mainly powered by brown coal in the Latrobe Valley. Since Australia needs to keep 95% of its coal in the ground to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of holding global warming well below two degrees, this means the company’s … Read More

Oil Search assets – eroded under 2 degrees

11 May 2018 At the Oil Search annual general meeting today chairman Richard Lee assured shareholders that Oil Search’s assets were safe under 2 degrees of global warming. Speaking about the company’s 2017 Climate Change Resilience Report he explained ‘the analysis concluded the PNG assets, the proposed expansion in PNG … Read More

Caltex proves fossil fuels are incompatible with 2 degrees

Caltex CEO Julian Segal made a perfect case for ditching the company’s fossil fuel-reliant business model yesterday at the company’s Annual General Meeting when he said: “If we were to put a target to reduce emissions by 50%, that would mean closing the refinery at Lytton”. See the clip here: … Read More

Big institutions back Rio Tinto resolution

2 May 2018 A resolution calling on Rio Tinto to publish the payments that it makes to groups lobbying on energy and climate policy, and to review whether such memberships are consistent with Rio’s stated support for emissions reductions, featured prominently at the company’s annual general meeting today.  The resolution … Read More

Woodside say they have ‘no stranded assets’

19 April 2018 ‘We don’t believe that we have stranded assets’, said Woodside chairman Michael Chaney when asked about the oil and gas company’s new Scarborough gas field at today’s AGM. Watch the response here: This directly contradicts the findings of UK think tank Carbon Tracker which warned last year … Read More

Australian bank policies still lag international peers

The fossil fuel lending policies of Australia’s big four banks have once again been found to fall short of international expectations. In the latest Banking on Climate Change Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card, only NAB’s coal mining policy, announced last year, scored higher than a C-. While it’s worth acknowledging … Read More