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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 U.S.: Fracking companies in Appalachia struggle financially

Turbulence and desperation are roiling the struggling industry

July 17, 2019 (IEEFA)  ̶  Differences among leaders at EQT, the nation’s largest independent producer of natural gas, highlight the dilemma faced by those looking to drill, drill, drill versus those seeking to rely on traditional supply-and-demand strategies. Neither approach offers much promise, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy […]

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New York state pension fund to divest from six Canadian oil sands companies

Reuters: New York’s state pension fund is restricting investment in six Canadian oil sands companies because they have not shown they are prepared for a transition to a low-carbon future, the fund’s Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said on Monday. The New York State Common Retirement Fund will divest more than $7 million in securities already held […]

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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 […]

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U.K. investment manager M&G to phase out coal from its portfolios

Path Of Ex: M&G, the UK-listed fund management group, will begin to phase out coal across its investments, making it the latest asset manager to commit to ending its investment in fossil fuels. The asset manager, which oversees close to £340bn, said it will “use its influence to accelerate the transition to a greener, cleaner […]

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IEEFA: Capital markets are shifting decisively towards cleaner investments

IEEFA: Capital markets are shifting decisively towards cleaner investments

Small-but-rising renewable opportunities soar while big-and-falling legacy shares fall hard

The president of the American Petroleum Institute recently hinted that the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy could lead either to economic upheaval or to economic revival—but the revival scenario would require the oil and gas companies as full participants in a new energy boom.  Yet the capital market’s rotation into clean energy stocks […]

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British asset manager Aviva warns oil, gas firms it will divest without climate action

Bloomberg: Aviva Investors, one of Britain’s top asset managers, will divest from oil, gas, mining, and utilities companies that do not meet its expectations on tackling climate change. The London-based investor has written to the companies, calling on them to set net zero emissions goals and integrate climate risks into their strategy, including their plans […]

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Two New York City pension funds to divest fossil fuel holdings

Pensions and Investments: Two of the five pension funds in the New York City Retirement Systems will divest an estimated $4 billion in securities related to fossil fuel companies, city officials said Monday. Boards of the $77.4 billion New York City Employees’ Retirement System and the $91.4 billion New York City Teachers’ Retirement System voted […]

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French central bank to exit coal sector, limit gas and oil investments

Reuters: The French central bank said on Monday it would exit from coal and limit exposure to gas and oil in its investment portfolio by 2024 as part of a shift towards more environmentally friendly assets. Many central banks have committed to green up their investment portfolios as part of a push to encourage the […]

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Investors pressure HSBC to take stronger action to phase out coal financing

The Guardian: HSBC could be forced to slash its exposure to fossil fuels – starting with coal – from next year, after an influential group of investors filed a shareholder vote urging the bank to ramp up its climate commitments. Fifteen pension and investment funds are pushing HSBC to reduce the loans and underwriting services […]

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IEEFA: After a terrible 2020, the oil industry’s story has turned political

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 […]

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