Minerals Council of Australia (MCA)

InfluenceMap Score
Performance Band
Organisation Score
Sydney, Australia

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) is highly engaged with and obstructive of Australian climate change policy. In its advocacy against climate regulation, the MCA consistently emphasizes concerns around competitiveness and energy poverty to reject significant GHG emission reductions. In 2015 the Minerals Council of Australia stressed cost concerns to strongly oppose 2030 Australian emissions reduction targets of 40-60%, later criticizing the targets as “neither feasible nor economically responsible”. In 2014 the MCA advocated for a phase out of the federal renewable energy target and in 2017 supported its replacement with a “Clean Energy Target” that includes low-emissions coal, alongside the removal of renewable energy subsidies. The Minerals Council of Australia also prominently lobbied to repeal the Australian Carbon Tax in 2013-2014, stressing the high cost to the Australian economy and praising its eventual repeal in 2014. Evidence from 2015 however suggests the MCA is supportive of the Australian Safeguard Mechanism, a baseline and credit emissions trading scheme. The MCA aims 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. Furthermore, evidence suggests the MCA has in 2015-17 led calls to subsidize new coal mines and plants in Australia, including backing the construction of a new coal-fired plant in Victoria in 2017. The MCA’s CEO Brendan Pearson is a vocal advocate for coal’s continued role in world energy, stating in 2017 in reference to the Australian electricity supply that “we need more coal”.

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 NS -1 NA -1 -1 NS NA NA
Need for climate regulations NS NS NA -1 NS NS 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 -2 -1 NA -2 -2 -2 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards -1 -2 NA -1 0 NS NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 2 NS NA NA NA NA NA NA