Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)

InfluenceMap Score
E+
Performance Band
36%
Organisation Score
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Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Canberra, Australia

APPEA is highly engaged with Australian climate change policy. The organisation has taken positions against the need for stringent regulatory intervention to address climate change and has particularly opposed measures to transition the economy away from fossil fuels.

APPEA has stated it supports the science of climate change. In 2018 APPEA Chief Executive, Dr Malcolm Roberts expressed support for energy policy frameworks that facilitate market innovation and investment while also calling for the finalization of UNFCCC rules on trading emissions permits and credit. However, in 2019 APPEA also argued that any existing and future climate policy in Australia should be aimed at enhancing Australia as a destination for oil and gas development. In 2019, APPEA appears to have supported the Australian Government’s participation in the Paris Climate Agreement, however, the group also supports the use of Kyoto carryover credits to meet Australia’s upcoming Paris targets.

APPEA has had negative engagement with a number of policies. In 2019, APPEA opposed the Western Australian EPA's proposed changes to Greenhouse Gas Assessment Guidance for new projects, which included counting Scope 3 emissions and requiring organisations to offset all emissions for large projects. In 2020, APPEA again lobbied against the inclusion of Scope 3 reporting requirements under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation act. In this instance, APPEA lobbied against using the EPBC act to reduce greenhouse emissions altogether. APPEA has repeatedly lobbied to weaken the safeguard mechanism, including in 2018, when it lobbied for updated baselines to reflect 'business conditions'. In 2017-2018, APPEA supported the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) but with multiple caveats. These included exemptions for trade-exposed industries, exemptions from emission requirements for LNG-for-export, and in June 2018 APPEA stated its opposition to a recommendation to impose a financial penalty for non-compliance with the policy.

APPEA has strongly promoted the role of gas Australia’s energy mix. In February 2018 the organization sought to have LNG manufactured for export made exempt from emissions reductions requirements. In 2019, APPEA opposed the Western Australian EPA’s greenhouse gas assessment guidelines for project approvals. In 2020, APPEA has pushed for an increased role for gas as part of the government’s Technology Roadmap. APPEA has also been active in pushing for support for fossil fuel development in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes advocating ‘fast-tracking’ brownfield coal developments, advocating an expansion in gas usage and fracking in the Northern Territor, as well as lobbying for new fossil fuel subsidies. As well as directly lobbying policymakers, it has used to indirect tactics to influence public opinion, for example, advertising heavily in the Northern Territory August 2020 election to promote the role of unconventional gas production in boosting economic recovery from the pandemic.

At the same time, APPEA appears to have opposed several renewable energy policies. 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.

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