Another year, another $1m in political donations from fossil fuel companies

1 February 2018 Malcolm Turnbull’s personal donation of $1.75 million around the time of the 2016 Federal election may grab all the headlines, but the ongoing contributions to political parties by Australia’s largest fossil fuel companies may explain why our climate policies are so appallingly weak. Fossil fuel companies donated … Read More

Beach Energy: leaking mercury

23 November 2017 In response to shareholder questioning at today’s Beach Energy AGM in Adelaide, the company’s board confirmed it would consider adopting the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations by the end of 2018, noting that much more work needed to be done. Shareholders also asked if … Read More

BHP stands by climate-wrecking MCA

Melbourne, 16 November Yesterday’s BHP Billiton Annual General Meeting in Melbourne was notable for protests outside, and unhappy shareholders inside, who questioned the company’s record on climate change, its relationship with indigenous peoples and its response to the Samarco dam disaster in 2015. BHP is Australia’s largest diversified mining company, … Read More

Cooper Energy: receiving funding from ANZ

At the Cooper Energy annual general meeting board members asserted they were conscious of environmental impacts, however they were unable to give specific details about their plans as they weren’t yet formulated. Managing Director, David Maxwell, also announced a drastic change in the company’s asset portfolio from 100% crude oil reserves … Read More

Karoon Gas: “Targets in terms of our GHG emissions will be meaningless”

9 November 2017 This morning at the Annual General Meeting of Karoon Gas in Melbourne, Chairman David Klingner expressed that setting targets in terms of Karoon’s GHG emissions will be meaningless. This is completely contradictory to the company’s commitment to disclose information in accordance to the final recommendations made by the … Read More

Media release: Origin Energy faces three shareholder resolutions

Coordinated by environmental finance group Market Forces, shareholders in Origin Energy have filed a series of resolutions with the oil and gas major. View ASX announcement. The three resolutions, to be heard at Origin’s October AGM, call for greater disclosure of climate risks, the development of a transition plan, and … Read More