Banks could accidentally fund Carmichael coal via Adani bond issue

8 July 2019 In early July 2019 Adani issued US$1billion in bonds for one part of its business (Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone), which nine major banks invested in. This company operates several ports in India. Unfortunately, the evidence shows that the Adani group of companies has regularly funded … Read More

Standard Chartered tries to have it both ways on coal

Vietnam coal power plant

Op-ed by Julien Vincent, executive director Market Forces Published in Asia Times, 21 January 2019 While 2018 climate-change news was dominated by President Donald Trump’s announcement of the United States’ intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, it was also a year when the financial sector continued its inexorable march … Read More

WIN! Standard Chartered rules out new coal…. everywhere!

25 September 2018 Standard Chartered bank today updated its policy on lending to power generation, ruling out new coal power plants anywhere in the world. It confirmed the bank would no longer directly finance “any new coal-fired power plant projects, including expansions, in any location”. This marks a massive shift … Read More

The power of finance to slow new coal plants

Market Forces in the media By Julien Vincent, executive director Op-ed in the Asia Times, August 29, 2018 So far, 2018 has seen seven banks dominant in Southeast Asia either release or update their policies related to coal, the single-biggest source of greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide. This number is soon to … Read More