Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry

InfluenceMap Score
E
Performance Band
35%
Organisation Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
All Sectors
Head​quarters:
Canberra, Australia

The Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI) is engaged on key areas of Australian climate policy with positions oppositional to urgent action to address GHG emission reductions.

In a submission to the Australian Climate Change Authority in August 2019, ACCI warned against emission reduction targets that have an “unacceptable impact” on the Australian economy and specifically emphasised concerns with a net-zero 2050 emission target. Similarly, ACCI has 544949 “raised concerns” around the “unquantified economic impact” of the Labor party’s proposed 45% emission reduction target by 2030. Why ACCI states support for the Paris Agreement, in 2019 it has further argued that Kyoto carryover credits “should be included in Australia’s overall emissions reduction effort for the Paris Agreement period (to 2030)”.

Although ACCI has communicated support for government policy to respond to climate change, it has emphasised that any policy must not compromise Australia's international competitiveness. In 2018, while ACCI appeared to support the National Energy Guarantee, statements from its CEO in February 2019 suggests that this support was conditioned the policy incorporating a weaker emissions reduction ambition, warning that it moved “well in excess of our international emissions commitments…is projected to leave both business and consumers with even higher energy costs and impact on jobs and wages”.

In 2020, ACCI has also communicated support for a “fuel-neutral” approach to energy policy, including seeing a continued role for coal in the energy mix. In 2019, the advocated that future climate policies should recognise the importance of coal and gas in Australia's current energy mix, suggesting there should only be a “gradual” transition to reduce this reliance. Previously, in 2017, ACCI opposed state-level renewable energy targets in Australia. In 2019, ACCI appeared to oppose minimum energy efficiency standards for new buildings.

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