Sundance Energy: still ignoring climate risks

04 June 2018 Sundance Energy Australia’s chairman was decidedly upbeat at the fracking firm’s annual general meeting (AGM) held last week in Adelaide on 31 May 2018. ‘This is exciting time for our shareholders,’ proclaimed Mike Hannell. “Strong economic growth and geopolitical risk in Middle East have, at least for … Read More

FAR directors change their opinion about climate risk

FAR, an Australian oil and gas exploration company that operates mainly in Senegal, finally accepted the importance of climate change as a business risk at their annual general meeting (AGM) today. This was in sharp contrast to last year’s AGM where the topic was not mentioned until question time, and … Read More

Sydney Airport – ‘still above water so we’re in good shape’

‘According to Coastal Risk Australia, sea level rise is expected to flood parts of the Sydney Airport runway. This flooding occurs even in the low scenario, where the expectation is that there would be a worldwide reduction in global emissions. What current modelling is our company using for this, and … Read More

Oil Search assets – eroded under 2 degrees

11/5/2018 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 and the … 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

Shareholder Action 2017

Market Forces is working with shareholders to put climate change on the agenda of Australia’s biggest companies, and getting some great results. Below are some highlights from annual general meetings held so far in the second half of 2017. We’ll be updating this page as AGM season ramps up throughout … Read More

ANZ doesn’t intend for coal exposure to increase

19 December 2017 Climate change was a popular topic at ANZ’s annual general meeting (AGM) today in Sydney. Even before the meeting started, shareholders were greeted by Santa and some elves, who were handing out fliers highlighting ANZ’s fossil fuel lending. Inside the meeting Chairman David Gonski addressed the issue … Read More