🎉 Big win on HSBC 🎉

An incredible win for campaigners at ShareAction. Through organising shareholders, ShareAction are making HSBC commit to:

✅  Update its coal, oil, and gas policies again before the end of the year.

US and EU restricting money to Russian fossil fuels

Banks and financial institutions were too slow to act. Even in the face of Ukrainian tragedy.  They dragged their feet pulling their money out of Russian fossil fuel companies – the same companies funding Putin’s invasion.

Heard of the #Putin100?

The Putin100 are the 100 global financial institutions across the world propping up Putin’s war machine with investments, insurance and financing for Russian fossil fuel companies. These companies are helping to fund Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine: https://putin100.org/

The pressure is working to get these institutions to pull out of the Russian fossil fuels funding Putin.

Big companies exit Russia – but banks stay silent

Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine is forcing companies to make big, bold choices. Exxon, one of the worst polluters in history, is saying it’s leaving $4bn worth of investments and projects to get out.

New Yorkers taking on Citibank for their fossil fuel investments

Frontline New York residents are taking over a section of Citi HQ in time for “Investor Day”, a day when hundreds of Citi’s super rich investors are getting together. They are raising objections to Citi’s massive investments into fossil fuel expansion and its huge exposure to the Russian economy, especially the energy sector

Citigroup is the second largest funder of the fossil fuel industry among all banks worldwide, the largest US backer of the coal industry, and it has the most invested in Russian fossil fuels of any US bank.

HSBC’s investments are helping to fund Russia’s invasion

The people of Ukraine are being subjected to a brutal and illegal invasion perpetrated by the Russian military. And Putin is paying for it using all the profits he’s making from Russia’s biggest fossil fuel companies.

Win! Credit Suisse rules out Whitehaven Coal

Climate-wrecking coal company Whitehaven Coal is the largest pure coal mining company in Australia. The company currently operates four giant mines and plans to invest around $2 billion developing three new coal mines and expansions.

IPCC report released today

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that humans and nature are being pushed over the edge of what we can adapt to. It’s saying many of the impacts of global warming are now “irreversible”.

The Dirty Dozen banks

These are the 12 worst banks for fossil fuel investments:

US and Canadian banks are leading the way, investing around 1 trillion dollars between them.

HSBC fails to impress with half-baked oil and gas ambitions

For months HSBC has been telling us to hold 22 February in our diaries. This is the date it was planning to publish its targets for reducing the billions of dollars it is pouring into oil and gas companies, who are fuelling the climate crisis.

Canada’s biggest bank, RBC, facing shareholder action

RBC is funding some seriously damaging fossil fuel projects. They’re trampling on Wet’suwet’en and Ojibwe land (among others). They’ve invested C$208 billion into fossil fuels since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed.

HSBC and Standard Chartered giving money to Saudi Aramco

It’s hypocrisy. Out in the open. For everyone to see.

HSBC and Standard Chartered are both in the Net Zero Banking Alliance – a group of banks committed to reducing their fossil fuel investments.

Citi outpaces peers, but fails crucial test on climate

Citibank, the global fossil fuel industry’s second biggest funder, is responding to pressure from thousands of us and making moves on climate. It’s now ahead of other banks like JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs on climate.

Goldman Sachs new climate policies are out

Goldman Sachs just released updated policies to try and tackle their investments in dirty fossil fuel projects. And they’re riddled with loopholes. They don’t outline anything to do with reducing greenhouse gas emissions and they’re massaging the numbers to make it look good (by using ‘intensity’ rather than ‘absolute’ targets).

The Wet’suwet’en are being thrown off their land

The Royal Bank of Canada are pouring millions of dollars into Coastal Gas Link, a huge dirty pipeline set to be built right through the middle of sacred land belonging to the Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders.

We’re winning! Shell are pulling out of the Cambo oil field.

This is huge. Some of the biggest banks and oil companies in the world are backing the Cambo oil field which is set to extract 170 million barrels of oil over 25 years, and 53.5 billion cubic feet of gas.

Breaking: UK government has given fossil fuel industry £13.6bn in subsidies since signing the Paris Agreement

The UK government keep saying they want to lead the way on climate change. And yet here they are, handing over £14bn in tax-payer’s money in tax -breaks to massive oil and gas companies.

Joe Biden’s pick for Federal Reserve chair isn’t good news for the climate

President Biden has announced Jerome Powell for a second term as Chair of the Federal Reserve. And that’s bad news for the climate. The Federal Reserve is the US’s central bank.

Banks make announcements with loopholes you can build a pipeline through

Coming out of COP26, several banks announced commitment to net-zero by 2050. They sound good, but unfortunately the announcements left enough wiggle room for many banks to continue “business as usual.” Years of people power leading to COP resulted in some of the world’s largest financial institutions finally acknowledging their outsize role in fueling climate change.

HSBC is lobbying to weaken climate targets behind closed doors

HSBC are part of the net zero banking alliance (NZBA) – a group of banks committing to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But they’re showing their true colours.

Standard Chartered’s net zero strategy falls way short

Standard Chartered is one of the banks committing to net-zero by 2050. And recently they’re flexing their green credentials by laying out more strategy for how to reach that target – which will be put to a vote to shareholders at the bank’s 2022 AGM.

Mark Carney’s policies are a mile wide and an inch deep

And today, Carney is announcing that GFANZ now has $130 trillion dollars committed to net zero. But these huge commitments are a mile wide and an inch deep.

Many of the world’s worst fossil fuel financiers are in GFANZ.

Rishi’s new climate policy is all bark, no bite

Rishi Sunak just announced plans to make British or UK-listed financial companies publish plans on how they will transition to net zero. He’s setting up an independent task force to define what a proper transition looks like.

Which are the best and worst central banks on climate?

Central banks help to set the rules for how the economy works. And no central banks are more important than those of the G20 countries, who are responsible for the vast majority of global emissions.