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. Despite acknowledging the need for ‘sustained global action’ and stating support for Australia’s participation in the Paris Agreement, MCA has consistently found ways to oppose a climate change policy in Australia that would be consistent with the Agreement. The MCA has 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 and thus advocating exemptions for emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries. More recently, in 2019, MCA has continued to campaign in favour for the use of Kyoto carry-over credits to meet Australia’s upcoming Paris targets, depressing the region’s domestic climate ambition even further. Since the start of 2018, MCA has begun framing its lobbying positions on the energy mix around the need for a ‘technology neutral’ energy policy. Despite this, the group has continued to strongly focus its lobbying on promoting the role of coal in the energy mix, including the building of new coal-fired power stations. In 2019, CEO Tania Constable, has also argued for the expansion of coal projects including the Adani coal mine. This follows from previous campaigns to ensure coal dominance in Australia, including organizing marketing campaigns such as, “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. MCA has also strongly promoted Australian thermal coal exports and the role of coal in Asia. At the same time, MCA has forcefully opposed renewable energy legislation, including renewable subsidies in 2019, blaming them on the increase of Australian energy prices. Further, in 2019, MCA has opposed the Victorian Government’s renewable energy target and argued against the federal Renewable Energy Target.

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Climate Science Transparency 1 NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Climate Science Stance -1 -1 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
Need for Climate Regulation -1 NS NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
UN Treaty Support 0 NS NA NS 0 -1 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation 0 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax -2 NS NA -2 -2 -2 NA NA
Emissions Trading NS NS NA NS NS 0 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 -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards 0 -1 NA -1 -1 NS NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships NS NS NA NA NA NA NA NA
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS