Investors back Rio payout cut for climate

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 21 : 2-Mar-20

Camille Simeon of Aberdeen Standard Investments says mining companies such as Rio Tinto needs to consider the short-term financial costs of taking action on climate change compared with the long-term cost of inaction. She warns that miners may incur higher costs of capital, stranded assets, reduced demand and lower shareholder returns if they fail to reduce carbon emissions. Ross Illingworth of Kingfisher Capital Partners has praised Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques for asking shareholders whether they are willing to accept lower dividends in return for faster progress on reducing emissions.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS AUSTRALIA LIMITED, KINGFISHER CAPITAL PARTNERS

Rio shareholders want dividends and climate action

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 21 : 28-Feb-20

Rio Tinto has released a report which notes that some of its investments aimed at reducing carbon emissions will generate returns that are below its typical thresholds. The resources giant has set a net zero emissions target of 2050, and CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques says this is likely to include the use of carbon offsets. He has used an investor briefing in London to raise the question of whether shareholders are willing to accept lower dividend payouts in return for faster progress on reducing emissions.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Rio to spend $US1b on climate

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 27-Feb-20

Rio Tinto has updated its climate change policies, which now include a net zero carbon emissions target of 2050. In addition, the resources group aims to reduce its scope 1 and scope 2 emissions to 15 per cent of 2018 levels by 2030, while it has set a goal of reducing its emissions intensity to 30 per cent of 2018 levels by the same date. However, it has not set any targets for scope 3 emissions. Rio Tinto has also committed to investing $US1bn ($1.5bn) in climate initiatives over the next five years.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

ALP target a business bodyblow

Original article by Rosie Lewis, Elias Visontay
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 24-Feb-20

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has criticised Labor’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, describing it as "reckless and irresponsible". Labor leader Anthony Albanese has indicated that the net zero emissions target will be economy-wide, prompting concern among sectors such as agriculture and logistics. Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has warned that achieving this target would require Australia to eliminate most of its cattle herd, which would in turn result in higher costs for consumers.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES, NATIONAL FARMERS’ FEDERATION LIMITED

Labor backs net-zero emissions, won’t use Kyoto credits

Original article by Geoff Chambers, Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 4 : 21-Feb-20

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese will use a speech on 21 February to commit Labor to a target of net zero carbons emissions by 2050. It will replace Labor’s previous target of reducing emissions by 45 per cent by 2030, which was rejected by voters at the May 2019 election. Albanese will also stress that Labor will not use Kyoto carry-over credits or provide any financial support for the construction of coal-fired power stations.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Kyoto credits may not be needed

Original article by Mark Ludlow
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 8 : 18-Dec-19

Energy Minister Angus Taylor says Australia is on track to exceed its 2030 carbon emissions reduction target under the Paris climate agreement. He says the nation has consistently over-delivered with regard to reducing carbon emissions, and he is confident that it will do so with regard to the 2030 target. Matt Harris of Frontier Economics believes that Australia can meet its 2030 target without needing to use Kyoto carry-over credits.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY, FRONTIER ECONOMICS PTY LTD, GRATTAN INSTITUTE

Activist threat to blockade airport

Original article by Joe Kelly
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 25-Nov-19

Extinction Rebellion has demanded immediate action on climate change in the wake of the recent bushfires. The climate activist group has warned that federal MPs will be prevented from accessing Canberra airport when parliament rises for the year on 5 December unless they take action to shut down the fossil fuel industry and adopt a target of net zero emissions by 2025. Shadow resources minister Joel Fitzgibbon says the latter demand would destroy the Australian economy. The proposed blockade has also been criticised by Liberal-National Party MPs Michelle Landry and Keith Pitt.

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EXTINCTION REBELLION, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LIBERAL-NATIONAL PARTY OF QUEENSLAND

Lion to go to next level green in beer brewing

Original article by Elouise Fowler
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 32 : 15-Nov-19

Australian brewer Lion has announced that it intends to become carbon neutral by 2020. Lion’s current efforts in this area include solar panels on its Geelong and Brisbane breweries, while the latter collects the biogas emitted from the beer fermentation process to use as fuel to power some of the plant’s steam boilers. Lion announced its carbon neutral target ahead of the 15 November launch of Climate Active, which is the re-branded name of the federal government’s carbon neutral certification project.

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LION PTY LTD

Forrest baulks at sugar hit pledges

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 30-Oct-19

Fortescue Metals Group chairman Andrew Forrest has criticised iron ore rivals such as BHP and Rio Tinto for their stance on issues such as Scope 3 emissions and gender parity. He has described their announcements on such issues as "sugar hits" that have no real substance. Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines has told the pure-play miner’s AGM that its own Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions are a priority, rather than the emissions of its customers. Meanwhile, 24.72 per cent of votes cast at the AGM rejected Fortescue’s remuneration report.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Paris on radar in green surge

Original article by Graham Lloyd
The Australian – Page: 1 & 7 : 24-Oct-19

Research by the Australian National University has spent 11 times the global average on renewable energy in recent years. The researcher conclude that the nation will be able to meet its Paris emissions reduction targets without needing to use Kyoto carryover credits if this level of investment is sustained. The ANU researchers also forecast that Australia’s carbon emissions will fall by 3-4 per cent between 2020 and 2022 as a result of the investment in renewables.

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AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY