- Exxon states: “The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action.”
- US listed coal majors have seen share price declines of over 75% since 2011, in stark contrast to the 42% gain in the Dow. Australian listed coal companies have matched this underperformance.
- Coal demand continues to undershoot expectations, with new data in Germany, Japan and Australia.
- Transitioning to a gas dominated electricity system will see US emissions continue to rise.
- Manufacturing Australia predicts that Australia’s gas export plans could cost 100,000 jobs due to surging domestic gas prices.
- McKinsey is the latest to acknowledge “The disruptive potential of solar power”. Solar stocks have massively outperformed the wider market since 2013, reversing some of the 2011-12 losses.
- First Solar, the US’ largest solar PV manufacturer, continues to achieve record efficiencies.
- One of the largest undeveloped coal basins in the world remains stalled, with both GVK and Adani again pushing out their expected financial close for the Galilee by another year.
- Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal is a year behind schedule with A$1bn of writedowns expected on this 100% debt/preference share funded A$3.3bn project.
- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang declares a “war on pollution”, announcing that China will shut down 50,000 small coal-fired furnaces across the country in 2014
- China’s first carbon market in Chongqing plans a 4.1% pa cut to carbon dioxide emissions starting in 2014, using 2013 as the baseline.
- Santos agrees to not undertake drilling activities on private land without landholder consent.
- UniSuper announces it is adjusting its Socially Responsible Investment Option to “screen companies involved in fossil fuel exploration and production”.
- In the face of investor pressure, Peabody has agreed to release a report regarding fossil fuels and their impact on climate change, and potential liabilities.
- Blackrock, the world’s largest fund manager highlights the “licence to operate” risk for any company operating in the Great Barrier Reef.
- The Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund commences a review of whether to divest its holdings of all fossil fuel stocks.
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Press release: Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition, and risk