Minerals Council of Australia (MCA)

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Sydney, Australia

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) remains highly engaged and oppositional to climate change policy. The MCA has consistently emphasized concerns around competitiveness and energy poverty to reject the case for significant GHG emission reductions. In 2015, MCA strongly opposed 2030 Australian emissions reduction targets of 40-60%. In 2018 the group has instead supported a 26-28% federal target which it has called “challenging” in consultations with policymakers, whilst also advocating for the repeal of state-based GHG targets and “no restriction” on the use of offsets. In 2017, MCA lobbied to ensure that coal was covered by a proposed “Clean Energy Target” whilst also pushing for the removal of renewable energy subsidies. In 2018, MCA has continued to oppose renewable subsidies, blaming them on the increase of Australian energy prices. The MCA has lobbied to preserve the dominance of coal in the energy mix, organizing the marketing campaigns, “Coal. It’s an amazing thing” in 2015 and ‘Making the Future Possible’ in 2017-18, espousing the importance of coal to Australia’s economy. Since the start of 2018, MCA has begun framing its lobbying positions around the need for a ‘technology neutral’ energy policy. However, this has continued to include strong support for an ongoing role for coal in the energy mix, including the building of new coal-fired power stations in Australia. In 2017-2018, the group has also continued to strongly promote Australian thermal coal exports and the role of coal in Asia. This has included participated in an IEA’s Coal Energy Advisory Board report which called on the World Bank and Asian Development Bank to ensure lending policy treated coal on a par with other electricity generation technologies.

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