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IEEFA: Vanguard funds destroy shareholder wealth with US$290bn in fossil fuels creating a 5.6% performance drag

IEEFA: Vanguard funds destroy shareholder wealth with US$290bn in fossil fuels creating a 5.6% performance drag

A global laggard that has minimal transparency, is passive on climate, and is abrogating its fiduciary duty to best manage risk for investors

22 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Vanguard Group, the world’s second largest asset manager, is leaving its investors to face profound wealth destruction risks as the world’s largest investor in fossil fuels, all while insisting climate change is a priority for the company, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]

IEEFA U.S.: Colorado electric wholesaler is alienating cost-conscious co-ops with its fossil commitments

IEEFA U.S.: Colorado electric wholesaler is alienating cost-conscious co-ops with its fossil commitments

Tri-State currently plans using coal through 2050 and expanding into gas; projected rate increases of 55% by 2050

Nov. 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — One of the biggest power suppliers to rural electric co-ops in the U.S. is putting its business model at risk as members clamor for better access to renewable energy, more affordable rates, and more say in how they buy or produce power, concludes a report released today by the Institute […]

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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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IEEFA: Skyrocketing EV sales in China spell a no-turning-back step change in global energy landscape

IEEFA: Skyrocketing EV sales in China spell a no-turning-back step change in global energy landscape

The avalanche of technology, policy and finance moves is now unstoppable

The jury is in. The global race between passenger electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells vs petrol vs diesel is over. EVs have won in China, the world’s biggest auto market. EV sales in China grew 154% year-on-year to 3.3 million in 2021. China now wants new energy vehicles (NEVs), including plug-in hybrids and hydrogen […]

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IEEFA: BlackRock has moved rapidly on climate – but Adani exposures remain a major obstacle

A glaring inconsistency in the US$10 trillion giant’s commitment to climate action

One of the successes of the COP26 summit was the growth in the UN-convened Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero to a US$130 trillion of collective assets, almost double the total of just six months ago. Enforcement of the substance of this pledge comes next. And within that, BlackRock has moved massively on the issue of climate […]

November 19, 2021 Read More →

Airlines risk failing without quicker action on slashing carbon emissions

Reuters: Some airlines risk failure if they do not cut carbon emissions quicker in the next three to five years due to a mismatch between short-term corporate travel targets and the airline industry’s 2050 net zero target, an industry report said. Airlines are also at a rising risk of shareholder activism at a time when […]

October 27, 2021 Read More →

WSJ: ExxonMobil board mulls scrapping Vietnam, Mozambique projects

Wall Street Journal ($): Exxon Mobil Corp.’s remade board of directors is debating whether to continue with several major oil and gas projects as the company reconsiders its investment strategy in a fast-changing energy landscape, according to people familiar with the matter. Members of the board—which includes three directors successfully nominated by an activist investor […]

October 20, 2021 Read More →

Chevron plans more ambitious climate approach to thwart hedge funds

Wall Street Journal ($): Chevron Corp. CVX +0.03% is preparing to defend itself against a potential challenge from activist investors like the one that roiled Exxon Mobil Corp. XOM -0.38% earlier this year, according to people familiar with the matter. In recent weeks, Chevron executives met with representatives of Engine No. 1, the investment firm […]

September 3, 2021 Read More →

Norway oil bank exec warns fossil fuel divestment ‘dangerous’ for goals

Bloomberg ($):  The top banker in western Europe’s biggest oil producer says she’s ready to fight the growing number of activists pressuring her to stop funding the petroleum industry. Kjerstin Braathen, the chief executive of Norway’s biggest bank, DNB ASA, says fossil-fuel divestment and exclusion are “dangerous” ways to try to reduce carbon emissions. Her […]

June 29, 2021 Read More →
IEEFA Energy Finance 2021: Week two in review

IEEFA Energy Finance 2021: Week two in review

Petrochemicals, renewable energy, storage and financial markets

June 25, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ Energy experts, financial analysts, legal specialists, activists and journalists gathered online this week for the second and final week of IEEFA’s 2021 Energy Finance conference. Held remotely due to travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, experts highlighted the latest trends in the global energy transition. Recordings of the sessions […]

IEEFA: Vanguard funds destroy shareholder wealth with US$290bn in fossil fuels creating a 5.6% performance drag
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IEEFA: Vanguard funds destroy shareholder wealth with US$290bn in fossil fuels creating a 5.6% performance drag

A global laggard that has minimal transparency, is passive on climate, and is abrogating its fiduciary duty to best manage risk for investors

22 June 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Vanguard Group, the world’s second largest asset manager, is leaving its investors to face profound wealth destruction risks as the world’s largest investor in fossil fuels, all while insisting climate change is a priority for the company, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis […]

IEEFA U.S.: Colorado electric wholesaler is alienating cost-conscious co-ops with its fossil commitments
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IEEFA U.S.: Colorado electric wholesaler is alienating cost-conscious co-ops with its fossil commitments

Tri-State currently plans using coal through 2050 and expanding into gas; projected rate increases of 55% by 2050

Nov. 17, 2020 (IEEFA) — One of the biggest power suppliers to rural electric co-ops in the U.S. is putting its business model at risk as members clamor for better access to renewable energy, more affordable rates, and more say in how they buy or produce power, concludes a report released today by the Institute […]

and November 17, 2020 Read More →

U.K. approves Vattenfall’s plans for 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind farm

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Vattenfall AB secured development consent from the U.K. Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, for its application to build the 1.8-GW Norfolk Vanguard offshore wind farm off the east coast of England. The wind farm is expected to power almost 2 million homes each year, […]

July 6, 2020 Read More →