Qantas Airways

InfluenceMap Score
D+
Performance Band
52%
Organisation Score
49%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Airlines and Logistics
Head​quarters:
Brisbane, Australia
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview Qantas appears to have a mixed approach to climate change policy with limited engagement. The companies top-line messaging through its primary channels appears to be widely positive and has actively lobbied for industry-wide GHG emission standards since 2016 although it appears to have taken a more oppositional position in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Through its corporate webpage, Qantas recognizes that human-induced climate change is a significant issue for the aviation industry as a whole. Its corporate website states support for the primary aim of the Paris Agreement to stop global temperatures rising 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The company also appear to be supportive of further government policy to respond to climate change, with CEO Alan Joyce in November 2020 reportedly saying: “The world is becoming more ambitious in tackling climate change and so must we". Qantas, however, do not disclose which policies it is supporting or wish to see being introduced.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Qantas’s lobbying activities seem to primarily focus on industry-wide emission standards, specifically the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO’s) Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Qantas originally appeared to be supportive of the scheme, actively lobbying the Australian government to participate in the voluntary phase from 2021-23 while also stating in an investor presentation in 2019 that the scheme's aim to achieve 50% emission reductions ‘does not go far enough’. However, recent evidence seems to suggest that this position has changed. A document released in September 2020 on the Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication’s freedom of information disclosures page appears to show Qantas actively lobbying the Australian government to weaken the CORSIA baseline citing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry, reducing the effectiveness of the GHG emission standards.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Qantas does not appear to be broadly engaging with issues around the transition of the energy mix.

Industry Association Governance: InfluenceMap could not find a disclosure from Qantas on its trade associations or third-party memberships nor an audit disclosure of its alignment with its trade associations on climate policy. Nevertheless, Qantas is a member of various trade associations, including the Business Council of Australia (BCA) and the International Air Transport Association, with CEO Alan Joyce sitting on the board of both. Qantas are also associate members of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME). BCA and the CME appear to have lobbied against meaningful and Paris-aligned climate policy in Australia since 2015. Qantas are also members of the Carbon Market Institute (CMI) that appear to lobby more positively on climate change.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
2 NS NA NS NS NS NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
0 NS NA -1 0 NS 2 NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
NS NS NA NS NS 2 NS NA
Support of UN Climate Process
NS NS NA NS NS NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA -2 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
NS NS NS NS NS -1 NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS 0 NS NS NS NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
GHG Emission Regulation
NS NS NS NS 0 NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
-2 NA -2 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
45%
 
45%
 
35%
 
35%
 
75%
 
75%
 
31%
 
31%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.