Climate Change

The Business Council of Australia

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Melbourne, Australia

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) have been notable for their opposition to several strands of climate change regulation. Of particular note is their strong opposition to the Australian carbon tax, supporting the tax’s 2014 repeal, which they were reportedly instrumental in achieving. They seem to support emissions trading and the purchase of international permits, although they have also voiced concerns about the emissions trading scheme publicly and in consultations. The BCA appear to have expressed opposition to particular renewable energy and energy efficiency targets. They also want Australia to lower its GHG emissions reductions to protect international competitiveness in the absence of united global action in the lead up to a UN treaty on climate change. Further, although their CEO advocates for a transition to a low carbon economy, evidence suggests she supports greater use of coal and other measures that would maintain a high GHG energy mix.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency NS NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Climate Science Stance -1 -1 NA -1 NS -1 NA NA
Need for climate regulations NS NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
UN Treaty Support NS NS NA -1 NS -1 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation 1 NA NA NA NA NA NA NS
Carbon Tax -2 -2 NA NS -2 -2 NA NA
Emissions Trading NS -1 NA -1 1 NS NA NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS -2 NA NS NS 0 NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -2 -2 NA NS NS -1 NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix NS -2 NA NS -2 -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards -1 NS NA NS NS -1 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 2 NS NA NA NA NA NS NA