Funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant (DP220100124) for 2022-2025, this project aims to advance action by investors (debt and equity) to increase finance for low-carbon energy sources that reduce fundamental climate risks. The project applies interdisciplinary approaches to generate new knowledge about the business case for investor leadership on energy transition and supportive climate law and financial regulatory frameworks. Collaborative legal and business analysis by leading Australian and US scholars, coupled with interviews and focus groups with investors, will examine contemporary engagement practices and investors' management of climate-related financial risks. Expected outcomes are targeted reform proposals to benefit policymakers and the environment by fostering private financing of clean energy.
- Professor Jacqueline Peel
Melbourne Law School
- Associate Professor Ben Neville
Department of Management and Marketing
- Professor Hari Osofsky
Dean, Myra and James Bradwell Professor of Law, and Professor of Environmental Law and Culture, Northwestern University
The recent AGL saga has highlighted the role of investors as a force for pushing the decarbonisation of companies. But questions remain as to whether this approach is consistent with understandings of corporate purpose and existing legal frameworks, and the implications of this as a case study of ‘investor leadership’ in the climate space. This working paper explores these issues.
The submission provides input into a potential framework for climate-related financial risks. Date of submission: 17 February 2023
The submission provides feedback on the proposed draft objective of superannuation. Authors: Dr Arjuna Dibley, A/Prof Andrew Godwin, Prof Matthew Harding, Ms Rebekkah Markey-Towler, A/Prof Ben Neville, and Prof Jacqueline Peel. Date of submission: 31 March 2023
This submission brings together expertise from researchers from the University of Melbourne, as part of the Melbourne Climate Futures (MCF) initiative to respond to the call for submissions to the Senate’s inquiry into greenwashing. Authors: Dr Arj Dibley, Dr Lily O’Neill, Ms Rebekkah Markey-Towler, Associate Professor Ben Neville, Professor Christine Parker, Professor Jacqueline Peel. Date of submission: 8 June 2023
The Conversation, 7 September 2023 I Dr Arjuna Dibley
The Conversation, 27 July 2023 I Author: Professor Jacqueline Peel