Chinese bank knocks back Adani Carmichael mine finance

ICBC knocks back finance for Adani's Carmichael mine.Industrial & Commercial Bank of China

A major Chinese bank has knocked back funding for the controversial Carmichael coal mine project.

In a statement, the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) insists it has no intention of backing Adani’s proposed coal mine in Queensland.

Instead, the bank makes it clear that renewable energy funding is its top priority.

ICBC points to a range of clean energy projects it has financed in Australia. It is keen to promote green loans and meet its ‘social responsibilities’.

As reported by the ABC, the China Construction Bank has also ruled out any involvement with the Adani-Carmichael mine project.

Another blow for beleaguered Carmichael coal mine

Chinese banks remained a last chance for the struggling Adani project, with Australian banks already saying no to finance.

Carmichael coal mine hits another hurdle as two major Chinese banks turn down finance.

A major Chinese bank has refused finance for Queensland’s controversial Carmichael mine. Image: Pixabay.

Rejection of funding by these two significant Chinese banks is another nail in the coffin for Carmichael.

Adani has already pushed back the mine’s starting date several times. The mine is generally seen as being financially unviable.

Christiana Figueres, former head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said last month that funding the mine would be a financial disaster.

She told the ABC it would be like “throwing $900 million down the drain”.

She also attacked the Federal Government for supporting coal rather than renewable energy like residential solar power and energy storage batteries.

Australia a global leader in coal finance

In addition, a new report places Australia in the top five potential financers of future coal projects.

‘Power Shift’ compares the financing of coal projects and international renewable energy projects by G20 governments.

The Natural Resources Defence Council study rates the leading potential financers of upcoming coal projects abroad:

  • China ($13 billion USD)
  • Japan ($9 billion USD)
  • South Korea ($3 billion USD)
  • India ($1 billion USD)
  • Australia ($1 billion USD).

Germany, the US, Italy, and Russia are also mentioned as possible financers of coal projects.

The report notes that clean energy like solar panels is not only competitive with coal power but increasingly cheaper.