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IEEFA Investor Memo ExxonMobil (XOM): Company Is an ‘Outlier’ in How It Reports Write-offs on Canadian Oil Sands Assets

Loss Accounting ‘Largely Overlooked by Industry Analysts;’ Full Transparency Could Affect Balance Sheet by $22 Billion

April 17, 2017  ( – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published an investor memo questioning whether ExxonMobil has appropriately accounted for its recent write-off of billions of barrels of Canadian oil sands assets. In “ExxonMobil Investment Note,” IEEFA outlines how ExxonMobil remains the exception in the oil industry in its […]

April 17, 2017 Read More →

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U.K.’s Standard Chartered to end coal plant financing

Bloomberg: Standard Chartered Plc said it will stop financing new coal-fired power plants anywhere in the world as part of its commitment to supporting the Paris Agreement on climate change. The move follows “detailed consultation with a range of stakeholders,” according to a statement Tuesday from the London-based bank. Environmental degradation, extreme weather and rising […]

September 25, 2018 Read More →

ING expands commitment to green banking ING has revealed that it will work with the companies covered by its £456m ($600bn) green investment portfolio to help align their respective sustainability strategies with the aims of the Paris Agreement. The Dutch banking giant announced that it will steer its portfolio towards a 2C trajectory using a new set of metrics called […]

September 18, 2018 Read More →

New York City doubles renewable energy investment

Associated Press: New York City plans to double the share of its pension fund invested in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other industries that aim to combat global warming. Mayor Bill de Blasio and city Comptroller Scott Stringer announced the new goal Thursday. Now, about $2 billion of the city’s $195 billion in pension funds […]

September 14, 2018 Read More →

HSBC: Investors see money to be made in green portfolios

Bloomberg: Make money first, save the planet second. Those are the reasons for most investors to get into green finance, according to HSBC Holdings Plc. Financial returns were cited as the biggest reason to have a strategy focused on the environment, social issues and governance, known as ESG, according to a survey of 868 institutional […]

September 13, 2018 Read More →

Report: Divestment campaigns gaining steam

The Guardian: The funds committed to fossil fuel divestment now total more than $6tn (£4.6tn), with almost 1,000 institutional investors having made the pledge, according to a new report. The sell-off of coal, oil and gas investments is led by the insurance industry, with $3tn of funds. But it also now includes the first nation […]

September 11, 2018 Read More →

Opinion: Leadership lacking from Asian banks on coal plant lending

Asia Times: 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 rise, with Standard Chartered in the final stages of preparing its own coal lending policy update. The decisions of Southeast Asia’s […]

August 30, 2018 Read More →

Research finds fossil fuel divestment not a drag on investment returns

Quartz: Norway built a $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund on oil and gas revenues. Last year, however, the country’s central bank recommended that the fund divest the $35 billion worth of stocks it held in oil and gas companies like Shell, Total, BP, Chevron, and ExxonMobil. The move would make “the government’s wealth less vulnerable […]

August 29, 2018 Read More →

California moves forward with fossil fuel-free power sector

Associated Press: California would accelerate its efforts to generate most of the state’s energy from carbon-free sources and set a goal of phasing out fossil fuels entirely by 2045 under legislation approved Tuesday by the Assembly. The bill would require California utilities to get half their energy from wind, solar and other specific renewable sources […]

August 29, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA update: Southeast Asian fossil fuel risk is underpriced

Hazards from corruption, policy change, stranded assets, and ill-informed advisors

HONG KONG — We’ve just published a memo describing how July was an exceptionally telling month for Southeast Asia power-generation markets. Our memo argues that fossil fuel risk is underpriced in the region, and it makes four specific points along these lines. First, that there is too little transparency around certain deals in Indonesia. News in […]

August 8, 2018 Read More →

Financial support for Japanese coal industry is dissipating

Asian Power: Since 2012, 50 new coal-fired power plants have been proposed in Japan. However, an increasing number of these proposals have been taken off the table and the number of projects in the development pipeline has dropped to 35. Investor and financier support for the coal industry in Japan is draining away at an […]

August 8, 2018 Read More →