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The Minerals Council of Australia strikes again – kills off Clean Energy Target in Australia: ACCR

Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to drop his Chief Scientist’s key recommendation of a Clean Energy Target is another win for the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), the biggest funder of which is BHP,” said Brynn O’Brien, Executive Director of Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR).

HoldfastThe Minerals Council of Australia strikes again – kills off Clean Energy Target in Australia: ACCR
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$430 billion CalPERS to support BHP shareholder resolution at UK AGM: ACCR

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the US will vote in favour of shareholder resolutions proposed by the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR).  CalPERS assets at the end of the fiscal year stood at roughly AU$430 billion.

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Investors need certainty on carbon policy for the energy sector: IGCC

Reports of the Government’s decision to step back from implementing the Clean Energy Target are concerning for investors and for business calling for greater regulatory certainty in the energy sector.

“Investors couldn’t be more clear – Australia desperately needs an effective climate change response for the energy sector. Without it, the investment strike will continue,” said Emma Herd, Chief Executive Officer of the Investor Group on Climate Change.

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IEEFA Report: Winners and Losers in the Global Electricity Market

Company Leaders and Laggards Emerge; US$185 Billion in Lost Shareholder Value Seen Among Utilities Failing to Keep Pace; Solar and Wind Generation  ‘Can Now Consistently Outbid Fossil-Fuel-Based Generation’

A new report published today by The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) shows how economies can make billions on solar and wind investment, and avoid the huge financial losses suffered by European utilities which bet on coal and other thermal power.

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Escalating Financial Risk in Adani’s Abbot Point Coal Terminal: IEEFA

New analysis by The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) finds that Adani’s Abbot Point Coal Terminal is excessively leveraged, promises negative shareholders equity, and runs the risk of becoming a stranded asset if Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine does not get the A$1 billion Australian taxpayer subsidy it seeks.

HoldfastEscalating Financial Risk in Adani’s Abbot Point Coal Terminal: IEEFA
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The gas ‘crisis’ is caused by a business model which restricts supply to Australians: IEEFA

Commenting on news that the Turnbull government will not place curbs on LNG exports, Bruce Robertson, Gas/LNG Australasia analyst at IEEFA said:

“The so called gas ‘crisis’ in Australia is not about supply. It is about a business model engineered by four energy companies – BHP, Origin Energy, Santos and Shell – to restrict supply to Australians in order to force prices up.

HoldfastThe gas ‘crisis’ is caused by a business model which restricts supply to Australians: IEEFA
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ACCC architects of the east coast gas cartel and domestic price gouging: IEEFA

Commenting on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s interim gas report,  Bruce Robertson, Gas/LNG Australasia analyst, IEEFA said:

“The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is one of the architects of the east coast gas cartel which has led us to a domestic energy supply crisis.

HoldfastACCC architects of the east coast gas cartel and domestic price gouging: IEEFA
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Nobel Laureate Dr Patz: climate change – a threat or opportunity?

Nobel Laureate and international health expert Dr Patz to speak at the 29th Annual Scientific Conference of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology.

Dr Patz will argue that confronting the causes of climate change is one of the largest public health opportunity of our times.  Such health “co-benefits” include opportunities to reduce mortality via clean energy technology; enhance physical fitness through “active” transportation from better urban design; and improve dietary health from eating lower on the food chain.

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ACCR on resignation of MCA CEO Brendan Pearson

Commenting on the sudden resignation of Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) CEO Brendan Pearson, Executive Director of Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) Brynn O’Brien said:

“Brendan Pearson’s resignation is a hopeful sign that there is pressure on the MCA to chart a new course. However, the roots of climate and energy obstructionism within the MCA run deeper than one individual.

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