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IEEFA Japan: ¥26 billion loss on Australian coal power plant raises questions for Sumitomo and its investors

Sumitomo’s coal policies are lagging its trading house peers and the Japanese government

23 November 2020 (IEEFA Japan): As the government of Japan’s energy policy shifts significantly and Japanese trading houses exit coal projects overseas, Sumitomo Corporation continues to develop coal power projects and has seen its thermal coal output grow according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, […]

IEEFA: Renewables continue to break records despite COVID-19

IEEFA: Renewables continue to break records despite COVID-19

Solar costs continue to decline

8 June 2020 (IEEFA Australia): Despite the devastating impact of COVID-19, during the months of April and May, renewable energy continued to break records, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).  Most strikingly, April 2020 saw the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) award a 1.5 gigawatt (GW) solar tender to […]

IEEFA Asia: Asian financial institutions also beginning to exit coal financing

Asia’s gradual exodus away from coal will eventually lead to a landslide

29 April 2020 (IEEFA Asia): Under the cover of COVID-19, Asian financial institutions and corporations have been stepping up and out of coal financing, finds a new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). In the last month alone, Japan’s two largest institutional banks, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho […]

IEEFA report: BlackRock’s fossil fuel investments wipe US$90 billion in massive investor value destruction

IEEFA report: BlackRock’s fossil fuel investments wipe US$90 billion in massive investor value destruction

Investors need to ask why

August 1, 2019 (IEEFA Asia Pacific)  ̶  BlackRock, the world’s largest fund manager with US$6.5 trillion of assets under management – bigger in value than the third largest economy in the world – continues to ignore the serious financial risks of putting money into fossil fuel-dependent companies, a new report has found. Produced by the […]

IEEFA report: GE made a massive bet on the future of natural gas and thermal coal, and lost

IEEFA report: GE made a massive bet on the future of natural gas and thermal coal, and lost

Investors lost hundreds of billions by GE’s misreading of the energy transition

June 6, 2019 (IEEFA U.S.) – Investors lost billions when the (once) most valuable company in the world, General Electric Company (GE) and its largest shareholders – BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street and Fidelity – misjudged the pace of the global energy transition and subsequent collapse of the gas turbine and thermal power construction market, a […]

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BlackRock raises $4.8 billion for new renewable energy investment fund

Bloomberg: BlackRock Inc. has raised $4.8 billion for a new fund to invest in renewable power assets around the world – almost double its initial target. The company’s real assets division closed on its third global renewable power fund, drawing money from over 100 institutional investors. It’s the latest sign of increasing interest from investors […]

April 12, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA: Major investment advisors BlackRock and Meketa provide a fiduciary path through the energy transition

BlackRock and Meketa say divestment from fossil fuels improves, not weakens, investment returns

Two major financial management firms, BlackRock and Meketa, have separately concluded that investment funds have experienced no negative financial impacts  from divesting from fossil fuels. In fact, they found evidence of modest improvement in fund return, according to draft reports undertaken at the request of New York City’s comptroller on behalf of three of the […]

March 22, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: After a terrible 2020, the oil industry’s story has turned political
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IEEFA: After a terrible 2020, the oil industry’s story has turned political

For 2021, expect conflict and infighting to further muddy the industry’s prospects

It was a dismal year for oil and gas. As the pandemic sucked the wind from the sails of the global economy, oil demand slumped, stockpiles swelled, prices sagged, capital spending collapsed, debt ballooned, profits evaporated, and bankruptcies skyrocketed. After this torrent of bad news, the energy sector ended the year in last place in […]

IEEFA: NYS Comptroller DiNapoli’s bold divestment plan may inspire investors to follow suit

Divestment option should be emulated by other major funds

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, who heads one of the largest public pension funds in the U.S., concluded 2020 with a bold investment decision on fossil fuels. He will hold the entire industry to higher standards regarding climate change and establish broader scrutiny of a pension portfolio with holdings that span the entire economy in a […]

January 7, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA: Malaysia’s CIMB announces coal financing phase-out by 2040 as Asia’s fossil fuel divestment drive accelerates

IEEFA: Malaysia’s CIMB announces coal financing phase-out by 2040 as Asia’s fossil fuel divestment drive accelerates

The first emerging markets bank to announce a progressive coal exit policy

Malaysia’s CIMB Group Holdings (CIMB) has announced a comprehensive coal exit policy with a commitment to phase out both project and general corporate financing of thermal coal mining and coal-fired power generation across its portfolio by 2040. This is a first in several ways. CIMB is the first Malaysian bank to act on a formal […]

December 8, 2020 Read More →
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IEEFA Japan: ¥26 billion loss on Australian coal power plant raises questions for Sumitomo and its investors

Sumitomo’s coal policies are lagging its trading house peers and the Japanese government

23 November 2020 (IEEFA Japan): As the government of Japan’s energy policy shifts significantly and Japanese trading houses exit coal projects overseas, Sumitomo Corporation continues to develop coal power projects and has seen its thermal coal output grow according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, […]

IEEFA: Why 2020 is turning out be a pivotal year for fossil fuel exits

The writing is on the wall for coal, and now globally significant financial institutions are starting to shun high risk oil and gas projects

What started as a trickle is turning into a rush for the exit as countries, financial institutions and companies commit to quitting coal – and increasingly oil and gas as well. 2020 to-date has seen 56 global banks, insurers, pension funds and asset managers announce new or expanded coal exit policies – 143 globally significant […]

October 30, 2020 Read More →

BlackRock backs resolution that would have forced early closure of AGL coal plants in Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald: BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has thrown its support behind a push for Australian energy giant AGL to bring forward the closure dates of its remaining coal-fired power stations. AGL faced an investor revolt on Wednesday, as more than 20 per cent of the company’s shareholders backed a resolution for […]

October 8, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA Australia: Coal lobbyists claim commitment to Paris Agreement targets, five years after their members did

IEEFA Australia: Coal lobbyists claim commitment to Paris Agreement targets, five years after their members did

Lobbyists push “emissions-friendly automation” and super-expensive coal CCS as solutions

Coal lobbyists from the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) have released their new Paris Agreement Alignment policy. This is their latest figleaf to reference climate science even as they continue to advocate for delay and obfuscation. In their support, the Queensland Resources Council’s (QRC) coal lobbyists continue to trumpet Queensland coal as the ‘cleanest’ in […]

June 22, 2020 Read More →

IEEFA update: One of NSW’s major coal customers is going through transition pains

Australian thermal coal exports to South Korea were down 21% in the first quarter of 2020.

South Korea is one of Australia’s major coal export destinations which makes KEPCO – its state-controlled power generator – a key customer for Hunter Valley coal, and a player with its own NSW coal interests, as it owns the Bylong Coal proposal. KEPCO’s A$642m write off of Bylong in 2019 is a key illustration of […]