Oil and gas producers fail to accept net zero means no expansion

15 November 2021 Australia’s oil and gas exploration and production companies are being challenged by shareholders over the incompatibility of their expansions plans with global climate goals. With a number of these companies having held their AGMs recently, a recurring theme to shareholder questioning has been the International Energy Agency’s … Read More

Shareholders call for true climate leadership from BHP

Updated 9am, 12 November 2021 A total of 14.2% of BHP Group’s investors have defied the board to demand the company responsibly wind up its fossil fuel production assets in line with its stated support for net zero emissions by 2050. This morning’s ASX announcement of the combined votes for … Read More

QBE’s do-nothing oil and gas policy critiqued at AGM

05 MAY 2021 Today’s QBE annual general meeting (AGM) saw a significant increase in the shareholder vote on a resolution calling for the insurer to set Paris-aligned oil and gas exposure targets, despite the company having attempted to placate investors with a lacklustre policy update in the interim. 21.4% of … Read More

NAB shareholders: Help push NAB out of climate-wrecking gas

10 May 2021 NAB, a major funder of climate-destructive gas companies including Santos and Origin Energy, is planning to update its gas and oil policy this year. Scientists, economists and Nobel Laureates have told us there’s no room to expand the fossil fuel industry if we’re to limit warming to … Read More

94% of Beach Energy investors reject capital protection

Beach Energy field

25 November 2020 5.4% of shareholders today formally called on Australian-focused gas and oil company Beach Energy to wind up its fossil fuel production in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement by voting in favour of a resolution put forward by more than 100 shareholders, supported by Market … Read More

Boral too slow to address climate risk

27 October 2020 Climate change risk was once again on the agenda at Boral’s annual general meeting today, as it has been since 2017. Despite the clear expectations set by shareholders over these past years, Boral progress on addressing both the physical and transitional risks climate change poses to its … Read More

APA quizzed on gas plans inconsistent with the Paris Agreement

22 October 2020 Today’s AGM saw Australia’s biggest gas pipeline company quizzed about its plans to expand gas infrastructure. Plans that are inconsistent with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. Just two months ago, 25 leading scientists at Australian universities wrote that, if we’re to achieve the climate goals … 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

AGL refuses to wind up coal power in line with Paris goals

7 October 2020 AGL today refused to adopt a shareholder proposal to bring forward the closure of its coal fired power stations in line with the company’s own analysis of closure dates required to meet the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C warming goal. Big investors, including many of Australia’s super funds supported … 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