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IEEFA report: Fund trustees face growing fiduciary pressure to divest from fossil fuels

Oil, gas, and coal industries are seen as ‘increasingly speculative;’ Sector will continue to be weighed down by lackluster rewards and daunting risks; A ‘proper financial response’ is due

July 20, 2018 (IEEFA) — A paper published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis details the growing rationale for divesting from the fossil fuel industry. The paper—“The Financial Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment”—is aimed primarily at trustees of investment funds that continue to hold stakes in a sector that is freighted […]

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 […]

November 17, 2016 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.

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)

May 8, 2014 Read More →

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Citing Rising Risk, $67 Billion California Pension Fund Will Sell Fossil Fuel Holdings

Pension & Investments: Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Singh Bachher, speaking at the March 13 investment subcommittee meeting in Los Angeles, said that in the long term, the $66.6 billion pension fund and $11.5 billion endowment are going to move out of fossil fuel investments. “The traditional approach, not only with us but other investors, was […]

April 4, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Update: The Divestment Movement Gains Steam

A Fast-Growing Issue, Especially for the Coal Sector

Fossil fuel divestment took center stage during a good part of IEEFA’s annual conference last week in New York, with experts and government officials weighing in in detail on the burgeoning movement. Among them: Representatives from both the city and the state of New York, which operate some of the biggest pension funds in the […]

March 19, 2018 Read More →

Norwegian Wealth Fund Considers Further Emissions-Related Divestments

Reuters: The ethics watchdog for Norway’s $1-trillion sovereign wealth may blacklist more companies that produce too much greenhouse gas by scrutinizing more industry sectors, including shipping and power. Carbon emissions became a criteria for exclusion from the fund in 2016 and last year the watchdog recommended that “a small handful” of firms be excluded from […]

March 8, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Op-Ed: The Time to Reason With Oil Majors Has Passed

‘Shareholder Engagement’ Looks More and More Like a Cynical Ritual That Values Talk Above Action

When French insurance group Axa announced it was selling its coal assets in 2015, the question emerged whether rivals including Allianz, Aviva, Zurich and others would divest too. Some did, and some did not. A broader question also surfaced: would public and private investors now look to sell down all their investments related to fossil […]

March 8, 2018 Read More →
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IEEFA Op-Ed: Shareholders Need Not Be in Denial Like ExxonMobil Is

An Oil Major That Seems Unable to Acknowledge Climate Risk

ExxonMobil has prepared a new climate report in response to shareholder concerns about climate change, and the verdict is in: If you were hoping that ExxonMobil would seriously address the issue, you’ll be disappointed. Climate risk may be real, according to the report. But it says it won’t affect Exxon’s bottom line. In ExxonMobil’s 2018 […]

and February 26, 2018 Read More →

NYC Pension Funds To Divest Fossil Investments

AP: New York City officials are citing climate change as their motivation to join a growing number of investors ridding themselves of financial interest in fossil fuels. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer are set to announce plans on Wednesday to divest the city’s five pension funds of roughly $5 billion in […]

January 10, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Op-Ed: Cuomo Is Right on Fossil Fuel Divestment

Oil Stocks are Not the Reliable Performers They Used to Be; Divestment Would Improve Pension Fund Portfolios

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken a big, bold step in the fight against global warming, calling for the state pension fund to divest from oil and gas stocks. It’s also a fiscally prudent step, protecting both the state pension fund and the state budget. Retirees needing financial security, young people facing a chaotic climate, and […]

January 4, 2018 Read More →

Dutch Banking Giant ING Will End Most Coal-Related Financing

Reuters: ING by the end of 2025 will stop funding any utility company which relies on coal for more than 5 percent of its energy, the Dutch bank said on Tuesday. It will, however, continue to help companies with renewable energy projects and also support new clients whose reliance on coal is less than 10 […]

December 13, 2017 Read More →

World Bank to Discontinue Support for Oil and Gas Projects

National Observer (Canada): The World Bank has confirmed that it will stop financing upstream oil and gas projects after 2019 except under exceptional circumstances in the world’s poorest countries. The global financial institution made the announcement at climate summit in Paris on Tuesday, which took place roughly two years after the historic COP21 climate conference […]

December 13, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Op-Ed: ‘Pension Funds, Sell Your Gas and Oil Stock’

Former Blue-Chip Investments Bear a Greater Resemblance Now to Speculative Holdings

Last month, Norway’s $1 trillion pension fund announced plans to drop oil and gas stocks from its core benchmark stock portfolio. The move was of note because it served as an important acknowledgement by a major institutional investor that such holdings have lost their status as mainstream, blue-chip investments and are now considered speculative. It […]

December 4, 2017 Read More →