Climate Change

Minerals Council of Australia (MCA)

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Sydney, Australia

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) appear to be highly engaged with and obstructive of climate change policy. They lobbied for the urgent repeal of the Australian Carbon Tax in 2014, arguing the high cost to the Australian populace and economy. They also called for policy makers to phase out the Australian Renewable Energy Target in 2014, and have since produced analysis urging the removal of renewable energy subsidies. In early 2015 the MCA declared the proposal of the Climate Change Authority for emissions targets nonsensical and launched a campaign, Coal. It’s an amazing thing, espousing the unequivocal importance of coal to Australian economy and wellbeing. In their advocacy against government regulation, the MCA appears to emphasize the need for Australia to restore their competitive edge and overcome energy poverty. In February 2014, they called for the repeal of a World Bank directive to limit funding for coal-fired power plants, presenting coal as a low-cost way of bringing people out of poverty. Nonetheless in September 2015 the MCA expressed support for the Australian Safeguard Mechanism, a baseline and credit emissions trading scheme, which comprises part of the Direct Action Policy. The MCA aims to preserve the dominance of coal in the energy mix, as expressed by their CEO: ‘coal is here to stay’.

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