Divestment

IEEFA Research

IEEFA Update: IEA, Still Behind the Curve, Nonetheless Indicates Rising Stranded-Asset Risk in Fossil-Fuel Holdings

IEEFA Update: IEA, Still Behind the Curve, Nonetheless Indicates Rising Stranded-Asset Risk in Fossil-Fuel Holdings

A Not-So-Distant Future in Which Thermal-Fired Electricity Generation Declines Precipitously

The International Energy Agency, out with its annual energy-markets forecast, “World Energy Outlook 2016,” remains behind the curve but not as far behind as it was. A history of IEA underestimation of technology change has been partially remedied in this new report, but the agency’s solar and wind forecasts can at best be described still […]

Read More →
Case for Divesting Coal from the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global

Case for Divesting Coal from the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global

Case for Divesting Coal from the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis View in Norwegian.

Read More →
Report – NYC and NYS pension funds should divest coal stocks: A shrinking industry, weak upside, and wrong on climate change

Report – NYC and NYS pension funds should divest coal stocks: A shrinking industry, weak upside, and wrong on climate change

NYC and NYS pension funds should divest coal stocks: A shrinking industry, weak upside, and wrong on climate change (pdf)

Read More →

More News and Commentary

On the Blogs: Call for NYC Pension Funds Divestment

From CommonDreams.org: Over 100 New Yorkers rallied at Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office, delivering a divestment valentine with thousands of petition signatures urging the City’s pension funds to divest coal, oil and gas holdings. Mayor De Blasio expressed public support for a Seattle-like divestment of the City’s pension funds, cutting ties with the banks financing the […]

Read More →

Norway Pension Fund Expands Coal-Industry Divestment

Rachel Fixsen for Investment & Pensions Europe: The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), the country’s NOK7.5trn (€830bn) sovereign wealth fund, has decided to exclude another 15 companies from its investments because of their coal business, bringing the total number it has shut out to 59. The exclusions follow Norges Bank Investment Management’s second round […]

Read More →

Report: Funds Worth $5 Trillion Are Divesting From Fossil Fuels

John Schwartz for the New York Times: Investors controlling more than $5 trillion in assets have committed to dropping some or all fossil fuel stocks from their portfolios, according to a new report tracking the trend. The report, released Monday, said the new total was twice the amount measured 15 months ago — a remarkable […]

Read More →
IEEFA Update: IEA, Still Behind the Curve, Nonetheless Indicates Rising Stranded-Asset Risk in Fossil-Fuel Holdings

IEEFA Update: IEA, Still Behind the Curve, Nonetheless Indicates Rising Stranded-Asset Risk in Fossil-Fuel Holdings

A Not-So-Distant Future in Which Thermal-Fired Electricity Generation Declines Precipitously

The International Energy Agency, out with its annual energy-markets forecast, “World Energy Outlook 2016,” remains behind the curve but not as far behind as it was. A history of IEA underestimation of technology change has been partially remedied in this new report, but the agency’s solar and wind forecasts can at best be described still […]

Read More →
IEEFA Exxon: A Company in Need of More Accountability at the Top

IEEFA Exxon: A Company in Need of More Accountability at the Top

As Directors Ponder CEO's Successor, Will They Seek a Much-Needed Change in Meeting Performance Standards?

ExxonMobil has been reducing its cash returns to investors over the past few years, a trend we highlighted in our report last week, “Red Flags on Exxon Mobil,” but has still paid out far more to investors than standard financial metrics would support.  Indeed, all indicators, including the company’s recent announcement that it will likely de-book […]

Read More →

Exxon Widens Its Fight Against Climate-Change Disclosures

David Hasemyer for InsideClimate News: Attorneys for ExxonMobil have revealed a plan to ratchet up pressure on state attorneys general who have vowed to hold Exxon and fossil fuel companies accountable for their conduct on climate change. Exxon attorney Theodore Wells told a New York judge that the company is working on deposing at least […]

Read More →

An Emerging Strategy for Challenging Questionable Energy Projects: Go After the Financiers

Hiroko Tabucchi for the New York Times: In early August, just as protesters from across the country descended on North Dakota to rally against an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, some of the world’s biggest banks signed off on a $2.5 billion loan to help complete the sprawling project. Now, those banks […]

Read More →

‘Profit-Maximizing Capitalists’ See the Risks in Climate Change

Kathiann M. Kowalski for Midwest Energy News: As political discussions in the U.S. focus on the future of fossil fuel industries, an event in Ohio last week explored a future with no fossil fuels at all. The economy will shift away from fossil fuels anyway, speakers said, due to declining profitability in the face of […]

Read More →

Resistance, Still, to Acknowledging Climate Risk Among Major Fossil-Fuel Companies

John H. Cushman Jr. for InsideClimate News: A methodical review of the world’s dominant fossil fuel producers has documented their poor performance—in some cases, egregious failure— in taking responsibility for their emissions of greenhouse gases and moving effectively to confront climate change. “None of them has made a clean break from disinformation on climate science […]

Read More →

$900 Billion Norway Fund Drops Duke Energy, Citing Coal Risks

Gwladys Fouche for Reuters: Norway’s $900-billion wealth fund can no longer invest in Duke Energy, the biggest U.S. power firm by generation capacity, due to alleged breaches of environmental law at its coal-fired plants, Norway’s central bank said on Wednesday. The fund, which owns 1.3 percent of the world’s listed company equity with stakes in […]

Read More →