The recent announcement from BlackRock Chief Executive Larry Fink, withdrawing from thermal coal investment as part of their more active global stance on climate change, coupled with continued public pressure and awareness of climate change and other sustainability impacts, has seen increased scrutiny on the mining and energy industry.
As a result, environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are now front and centre in boardrooms across the entire corporate spectrum, becoming a main investment consideration for investors and financiers globally.
Both the macro outlook and how miners and energy companies will balance stakeholder returns with sustainable long-term investment and ESG principles, will continue to be topical throughout 2020. Other factors including M&A activities, JVs and partnership alignments, and international investment into Australian projects also feature high on the agenda for industry.
Energy Mines and Money’s 2020 program includes sessions related to these ESG requirements from investors, and covers topics on early stage vs latter stage investments, where international investors are choosing to put their money in Australia, and also the future of infrastructure investment.
The Investment Considerations for Current and Future Projects sessions is relevant for:
- Junior and mid tier miners, including those with exploration, diversification and expansion plans
- Energy companies looking to finance renewable projects or expand existing energy developments
- Investors, financiers and analysts
- Legal and risk advisors, and consultants in the ESG, M&A, or finance space
- Community and government groups, including stakeholders of mining and energy projects
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