BHP to close Mt Arthur thermal coal mine by 2030

16 June 2022 BHP today announced it will close its last thermal coal mine, Mt Arthur in NSW’s Hunter Valley, by the end of the 2030 financial year. This is an important and pleasing departure from BHP’s previous plans and actions relating to its fossil fuel assets, which have largely … Read More

Win! Deutsche Bank abandons Whitehaven Coal’s bond issue

Win! Deutsche Bank abandons Whitehaven Coal's toxic bond issue

20 May 2022 A media report in Germany confirmed publicly this week that Deutsche Bank has withdrawn from its involvement in a bond issue for climate-wrecking Whitehaven Coal, following a concerted people-powered campaign coordinated by Market Forces.  Business media outlet Handelsblatt reported on Wednesday that:  “According to information from financial … Read More

The giant stirs. First State Super to divest thermal coal mining

9 July 2020 First State Super today released its new Climate Change Adaptation Plan, with the headlines being that Australia’s second biggest superannuation fund would finally start to divest from thermal coal mining companies from October, and would set targets to reduce the emissions from its portfolios. The commitment to … Read More

Choked by Coal: the Carbon Catastrophe in Bangladesh

New analysis shows China, UK and Japan driving 63-fold coal power expansion in Bangladesh Media Release: 6 November 2019 Massive coal-based power expansion in Bangladesh is set to propel it into the ranks of the world’s worst polluters, says a major new report out today. The expansion not only threatens … Read More

Media release: Commbank out of thermal coal by 2030

New fossil fuel projects must prove carbon compliance Wednesday 7 August 2019 In today’s commitment, made in the bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework, to exit thermal coal by 2030, Commonwealth Bank has issued a stark warning to industry and policy-makers that coal has no place in Australia’s future. Commonwealth … 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

Media release: Chubb’s coal policy has an Australia-sized loophole

July 9, 2019 Chubb’s new restrictions on its underwriting and investments in thermal coal have come under attack from Australia, as groups there call upon the insurer to clarify its stance on the controversial Adani Carmichael coal project. Chubb’s policy rules out underwriting new risks from companies that receive more … Read More

QBE dumps thermal coal due to global warming

QBE Sydney Market Forces action 2018

2 April 2019 On Saturday, Australia’s biggest coal underwriter (insurer) took the positive step of committing to phase out its entire thermal coal business by 1 January 2030. QBE also ruled out providing insurance to any new thermal coal mine, power plant or transport network from 1 July 2019, and … Read More

Media Release: Market Forces welcomes QBE’s end to coal finance

Saturday 30 March, 2019: The announcement today by Australia’s largest insurer, QBE, to end its support for the coal industry has been welcomed by environmental finance group Market Forces. “QBE’s decision to withdraw insurance from the coal industry is business and environmental good sense,” said Market Forces campaigner Pablo Brait. … Read More