IAG obscures its fossil fuel investments

25 October 2019 At its annual general meeting (AGM) in Sydney today, IAG faced calls from investors to fully disclose its fossil fuel investment exposure and set targets to reduce that exposure in line with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. IAG’s chair said getting fossil fuel exposure down to … Read More

APA’s gas pipe dreams A-OK with investors

24 October 2019 Australia’s biggest gas pipeline company’s plans for gas expansion are inconsistent with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. But investors don’t seem to care. With gas use for primary energy expected to fall to 25% by 2030 under a 1.5°C warming scenario, shareholders attending APA’s annual … Read More

Worley rules out Adani, but fossil fuels still on the agenda

21 October 2019 After years of pressure, Worley has finally confirmed it “has no intention” of working on the Adani Carmichael coal mine project. Engineering firm Worley was previously engaged to provide the design and construction of Adani’s original railway plan to haul coal from the Carmichael mine to the … Read More

Market Forces’ take on BHP’s latest climate commitments

31 July 2019 Last week, BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie made a speech in London that grabbed global headlines for two main reasons: The language he used made it clear that, even if BHP has a long way to go on addressing climate risk, there’s no doubt that the company … Read More

Media release: Suncorp dumps thermal coal

26 July 2019 In response to Market Forces lodging a shareholder resolution, Suncorp has revealed it is exiting the thermal coal sector, meaning there are now no Australian insurers willing to underwrite new thermal coal mines and power stations. A Suncorp spokesman told InsuranceNews, “Suncorp does not directly invest in, … Read More

Norwegian sovereign wealth fund pulls $3 billion out of AGL, BHP and South32

The Norwegian government’s decision to tighten the Government Pension Fund Global’s (GPFG) coal exclusion criteria will see the world’s richest sovereign wealth fund withdraw a combined AU$3 billion from AGL, BHP and South32. The announcement comes at a particularly bad time for AGL, just days after the company’s share price … Read More

QBE’s unanswered questions

Bush fire in Queensland

11 June 2019 It’s not often that an annual general meeting (AGM) can be described as compelling. QBE’s AGM held on 9 May, however, delivered the goods with several questions from the floor resulting in extraordinary exchanges between shareholders and the chairman Marty Becker and CEO Pat Regan. Unfortunately, these … Read More