Media release: Chubb’s coal policy has an Australia-sized loophole

July 9, 2019 Chubb’s new restrictions on its underwriting and investments in thermal coal have come under attack from Australia, as groups there call upon the insurer to clarify its stance on the controversial Adani Carmichael coal project. Chubb’s policy rules out underwriting new risks from companies that receive more … Read More

Adani still vulnerable on insurance for its Carmichael mine and railway

Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching

28 June 2019 Like the stampede that saw almost 40 major banks turn their backs on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine and rail project (eventually forcing Adani to pledge it will “self-fund”), major insurance companies are now also refusing to insure this climate-wrecking project. All major projects require underwriting insurance, for … Read More

Aurizon doesn’t want to become ‘public enemy number one’

18 October 2018 Aurizon’s relationship with Indian coal mining giant Adani dominated question time at its annual general meeting in Brisbane today. Last month, Adani proposed a shorter rail line that would link its proposed Carmichael mega mine in the Galilee Basin to Aurizon’s existing Central Queensland Coal Network. “Would … Read More

Adani: No customers, no finance, but still a threat

In a television interview overnight, the son of Gautam Adani, Karan, claimed that financial close had been reached for the Carmichael coal mine. We need to treat this information carefully. On one hand, it was part of an interview containing several other inaccuracies about the status of the Carmichael mine’s … Read More

Risks all round from Adani’s Abbot Point sale plans

23 May 2018. Adani’s plans to sell down their stake in the Abbot Point coal export terminal, with the aid of investment bank Rothschild, are a win for the Carmichael mega mine project and a clear threat to the campaign to stop it, say environmental finance advocates Market Forces (“Adani looks … Read More

Embattled AMP stands firm over new climate denier chairman

10 May 2018 Acting AMP chief executive Mike Wilkins today dismissed deep concern over incoming chairman David Murray’s controversial views on climate change at the financial services company’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Melbourne.  Wilkins affirmed his backing for Murray, an outspoken climate sceptic, during a fiery question-time session in which furious shareholders grilled the board over revelations of … Read More

Media release: Fourth major Chinese bank walks away from Adani mega mine

Wednesday 13 December, 2017: China Merchants Bank today provided a statement to environmental finance campaigning group Market Forces, confirming it will have no part in the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine. The bank replied to a letter outlining an array of concerns with the proposed project and the corporate record … Read More

Westpac rules out Abbot Point terminal

8 December 2017 Westpac today all but confirmed it would not refinance the Abbot Point coal terminal, striking another blow to the crippled Adani coal mine. Climate related questions dominated the opening of question time at the bank’s annual general meeting in Sydney, revealing a lack of awareness around its … Read More

Chinese banks rule out Carmichael coal mine!

Most Australians won’t know about the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Bank of China or China Construction Bank. They are massive – among the biggest commercial banks in the world by assets.  All three banks are also current lenders to China Machinery Engineering Corporation, the company Adani has been … Read More