Whitehaven next in frame for investor pressure on climate

Market Forces in the media Op-ed by Julien Vincent, executive director Market Forces Sydney Morning Herald/The Age, 19 October 2018 Next week investors will get the opportunity to vote on whether an ASX100 company that is custodian of their money should align its strategy with the Paris Agreement on climate change, … Read More

Who’s coming clean on climate risk?

10 September 2018 If you’ve been following our work closely over the last couple of years, you’ll know we’ve put a lot of effort into forcing companies to come clean on the financial risks they face from climate change. If this is news to you, you may want to have … Read More

Whitehaven Coal told: get aligned with 2 degrees!

13 August 2018 A shareholder resolution has been lodged with Whitehaven Coal, calling on the company to disclose the risks it faces from climate change and align its strategy with a scenario that holds global warming to less than two degrees. The resolution was signed by 106 shareholders and coordinated … Read More

ANZ finance the purchase of Rio’s last coal mine

5 April 2018 ANZ has contributed to a US$1.7 billion (AU$2.2 b) deal to finance the purchase of Rio Tinto’s last coal asset by Indonesian coal miner Adaro Energy and private equity manager EMR Capital. The deal comes despite ANZ’s repeated claims that the bank’s lending to coal is on its way … Read More

Big banks still supporting Whitehaven’s dirty coal operations

Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek mine was recently upgraded to the EPA’s highest environmental risk category, making it one of NSW’s three dirtiest mines. The company is also planning to expand its Vickery coal mine, which the local community is resisting due to grave concerns over environmental impacts. Despite Whitehaven’s appalling … Read More

CalSTRS to completely divest from thermal coal, including Whitehaven

CalSTRS, the US$200 billion Californian State Teachers’ Retirement System, has announced it will divest all non-US thermal coal holdings from July 1. The commitment follows the fund’s decision to dump all US thermal coal holdings in December 2015. Here in Australia, the CalSTRS decision will see them sell off their holdings … Read More

Big bonuses to fossil fuel execs for Digging Deeper

Despite the desperate need and global commitment to ditch fossil fuels, our latest report reveals fossil fuel companies are continuing to search for more unburnable carbon. In many cases, exploration is encouraged through executive remuneration packages. Despite their potential influence as significant shareholders, Australia’s super funds are voting for these wasteful bonuses that encourage … Read More

Allianz, world’s largest insurer, dumps coal

24 November 2015 Allianz Investment Management, the money management arm of the largest insurer in the world, has committed to divesting coal from their portfolios. The firm manages in excess of EUR 600 billion of assets covering the liabilities of the insurer. In an interview with broadcaster ZDF, Chief Investment … Read More