Are coal’s days numbered?

Over 100 global financial institutions are exiting coal, with more to come every two weeks a bank, insurer or lender announces new restrictions on coal. Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia IEEFA, looks at the reasons behind it and future implications for coal.

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All that glitters is … gold, gold, gold

Trying to pin a gold trend in the current market is like trying to pin water to a wall. Despite rising interest rates, monetary policy normalisation, and a still solidly performing stock market, gold held its ground in 2017. Still, in 2018, gold demand had a soft start to the year, reaching 973 tonnes (t), the lowest first quarter since 2008. The gold price itself appears not to go anywhere either. In spite this, gold mining companies are setting the pace for greening the industry.

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Australia answers the lithium call

Driven by our world’s insatiable hunger for energy, lithium and its chemical compounds are proving to possess a wide range of industrial applications, especially in their use in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) as a power source.

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