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IEEFA: AIA too important to lag global insurers in coal investment, divestment, and exclusion

IEEFA: AIA too important to lag global insurers in coal investment, divestment, and exclusion

AIA must back their climate pledges

21 December 2020 (IEEFA Asia): Major insurer AIA still holds anywhere between US $4 – 6 billion in coal and coal-fired power assets that if stranded will massively reduce wealth for investors and despite pledging its commitment to three significant global climate accords according to a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

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IEEFA update: Global coal power set for record fall in 2019

Long-term decline of unabated thermal coal use becoming increasingly clear

November 25, 2019 (IEEFA) ‒ Coal-fired power used to make electricity is on track for record declines globally in 2019, finds a new briefing note out today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) and Sandbag. The note, Global Coal Power Set […]

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IEEFA update: Why renewables are the solution for Australia

The case for policies that accelerate investing in renewable energy

23 April 2019 (IEEFA Australia) – Renewables are the lowest cost, most sustainable solution to Australia’s energy policy crisis and potentially one of the country’s largest export industries of the future, according to a briefing note published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The briefing note, Why Renewables are the Solution for Australia: […]

IEEFA report: Every two weeks a bank, insurer or lender announces new coal restrictions

IEEFA report: Every two weeks a bank, insurer or lender announces new coal restrictions

Major financial institutions restricting coal funding tops 100

SYDNEY, February 27, 2019 (IEEFA) – Research from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today reveals over 100 major global financial institutions have introduced policies restricting coal funding. The report, “Over 100 Global Financial Institutions Are Exiting Coal, With More to Come,” finds global capital is fleeing the coal sector at an electrifying […]

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Swiss Re to exit coal insurance market by 2040

Bloomberg: Two years after committing to cut its net emissions to zero by 2050, Swiss Re gave more specifics Tuesday on how it plans to achieve its target. The world’s second-largest reinsurer said it intends to reduce the carbon intensity of its corporate bond and equity portfolio by 35% from 2018 levels by the middle […]

March 16, 2021 Read More →

French insurance firm Axa drops RWE over coal

Bloomberg: Axa SA, France’s biggest insurer, is dropping German energy giant RWE AG as a client in a decision that highlights how taboo the coal business has become. Not even an appeal from RWE Chief Executive Officer Rolf Martin Schmitz to his counterpart at Axa, Thomas Buberl, was enough to persuade the insurer to retreat […]

March 12, 2021 Read More →

Japan’s Dai-ichi Life to cut CO2 emissions in investment portfolio 30% by 2025

Nikkei Asia: Dai-ichi Life Insurance will aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its investment portfolio by 30% by 2025, a potentially trend-setting step by one of Japan’s top institutional investors. The insurer, which manages 36 trillion yen ($337 billion) in assets, plans 700 billion yen in sales by fiscal 2023 to reduce its holdings […]

March 5, 2021 Read More →

Britain’s Aviva tightens restrictions on coal, shale gas insurance

Reuters: British insurer Aviva plans to become a net zero carbon emissions company by 2040, it said on Monday, claiming this was the most demanding target set by any major insurer worldwide. The insurer plans to reach net zero carbon emissions from its investments by 2040 and net zero from its own operations and supply […]

March 2, 2021 Read More →

Units of South Korea’s Hanwha Group to stop financial support for coal projects

Power: Affiliates of one of South Korea’s largest business conglomerates announced they no longer will provide financial support for coal projects, putting in jeopardy plans to finish a 2,100-MW coal-fired power plant project that has been expected to come online in 2024. The six financial affiliates of the Hanwha Group, during a video conference on […]

January 6, 2021 Read More →

Desjardins, largest financial cooperative in North America, to stop coal industry investments

Bloomberg: Desjardins Group, the largest financial co-operative in North America, said it will almost completely stop financing companies in the coal industry. The Canadian co-op said it won’t provide investments, loans or underwriting for businesses that operate or develop coal mines, plants or infrastructure, according to a statement posted on Friday. It may still work […]

December 22, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA: AIA too important to lag global insurers in coal investment, divestment, and exclusion
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IEEFA: AIA too important to lag global insurers in coal investment, divestment, and exclusion

AIA must back their climate pledges

21 December 2020 (IEEFA Asia): Major insurer AIA still holds anywhere between US $4 – 6 billion in coal and coal-fired power assets that if stranded will massively reduce wealth for investors and despite pledging its commitment to three significant global climate accords according to a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

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Lloyd’s of London to stop issuing new insurance for coal projects, oil sands and Arctic energy exploration

Reuters: Lloyd’s of London is scaling back its exposure to coal and oil sands, the commercial insurance market said in its first sustainability report on Wednesday, in a reversal of its traditional hands-off approach to climate change strategy. Lloyd’s acts as regulator for around 100 syndicate members, and leaves decisions on underwriting and investment strategy […]

December 17, 2020 Read More →

Samsung’s insurance units to stop investing in coal-fired power projects

Reuters: Key insurance affiliates of South Korea’s biggest conglomerate Samsung Group on Thursday pledged to step up their ‘coal-free’ policies by banning investments in the coal industry, following a global move towards a low-carbon economy. Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Co Ltd, Samsung Life Insurance Co Ltd and other financial units said in a statement […]

November 13, 2020 Read More →

Lloyd’s insurer Apollo to stop covering Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in September 2021

Reuters: Lloyd’s of London firm Apollo has written insurance for Adani Enterprises’ Carmichael thermal coal mine which expires in Sept 2021 but is not planning to provide any further insurance for the mine, according to a memo seen by Reuters. Carmichael has provoked controversy in Australia because it would open up a new thermal coal […]

October 29, 2020 Read More →