Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)

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Canberra, Australia

APPEA appears to recognize IPCC science, but has emphasized the need to balance climate action with competitiveness and growing energy demand. Shortly before COP24 in December 2018, APPEA stressed the need for policies which reduce emissions at “least cost.” APPEA has promoted the role of gas Australia’s energy mix, including as an alternative to coal. Whilst the group appears to support some energy regulation, APPEA Chief Executive, Dr. Malcolm Roberts, stated in December 2018 that an energy policy framework would work best by facilitating market innovation and investment. The organization has further qualified support for regulations by stating they should not affect national or regional competitiveness. In June 2018, APPEA stated its opposition to a recommendation to impose a financial penalty for non-compliance with the National Energy Guarantee (NEG). In February 2018 the organization attempted to have LNG manufactured for export made exempt from emissions requirements. APPEA has voiced its opposition to individual renewable energy targets at the State level in Australia, and in June 2018 proposed replacing these and lessening the role of the Renewable Energy Target with a “low-cost” NEG. The organization has lobbied against various state-level bans and moratoriums on unconventional gas production threatened the NEG’s success, and advocated for their removal. APPEA has expressed support for climate policy consistent with an international price on carbon and in December 2018 Malcolm Roberts called for the finalization of UNFCCC rules on trading emissions permits and credits. However, the organization in the meantime appears opposed to more achievable policy ambitions at the national level.

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