Minerals Council of Australia (MCA)

InfluenceMap Score
E-
Performance Band
28%
Organisation Score
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Sector:
Materials
Head​quarters:
Sydney, Australia

Despite acknowledging the need for 'sustained global action’ on climate and stating support for Australia’s participation in the Paris Agreement, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has consistently lobbied in ways that appear inconsistent with scientific advice from the IPCC on delivering the Paris Agreement’s goals. In 2015, MCA strongly opposed a proposal to increase 2030 Australian emissions reduction targets to 40-60%. The group has supported Australia’s current Paris Agreement commitment of a 26-28% federal target but has called it “challenging” in consultations with policymakres while advocating exemptions for emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries. At the same time, the MCA has advocated in favour for the use of Kyoto carry-over credits to meet Australia’s climate commitments, depressing federal-level climate ambition.

The organisation has also lobbied in opposition to state-level climate targets. For example, in July 2019 , the MCA advocated against the Victorian Government’s adoption of a net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 state-level target, arguing that the implementation of state-based targets threatened the national GHG emissions reduction target. This opposition is reflected in the MCA’s engagement with other climate-motivated areas of policymaking. For example, in 2019 MCA described both thr climate considerations in the NSW’s planning permit process and the Western Australian EPA’s greenhouse gas assessment guidance for new projects as ‘regulatory creep’. Similarly, MCA has forcefully opposed renewable energy legislation, including renewable subsidies in 2019, blaming them on the increase of Australian energy prices. MCA also opposed the Victorian Government’s renewable energy target and argued against the federal Renewable Energy Target in 2019.

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 and support for a ‘measured transition’. Despite this, the group's advocacy activities continue to strongly emphasise the role of coal in the energy mix, including supporting the building of new coal-fired power stations. In 2019, MCA has argued for the inclusion of HELE coal in the energy mix as a ‘low emission energy source’. Before the Australian Federal elections in 2019, MCA CEO, Tania Constable, publicly pressured the Federal Labour Party to unequivocally support the coal industry. After the election, she argued that there was now a clear mandate for the expansion of coal projects, including the Adani coal mine. This follows from previous public 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.

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Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency
1 NS NA 1 NS NS NA NA
Climate Science Stance
-1 -1 NA 0 -1 -1 NA NA
Need for Climate Regulation
-1 NS NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
UN Treaty Support
0 NS NA 1 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 -1 -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