Queensland Resources Council (QRC)

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Brisbane, Australia
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Queensland Resources Council (QCR) is actively lobbying against climate legislation in Australia. In 2015-18 communications Queensland Resources Council stresses concerns around competitiveness and cost regarding climate regulations, emphasizes the threat of energy poverty to justify inaction on emissions reductions and has an unclear position on the the Paris Agreement. QCR appears strongly opposed to renewables legislation, advocating for an Australian Clean Energy Target that includes coal and would allow for new coal plants to be built. In 2016 consultation responses QCR also advocated for a weaker “floating” Queensland renewable energy target that could include other ‘low emissions’ sources, and argued against subsidies for solar, stating that “subsiding small-scale solar PV generation is likely to be unfair and inefficient”. Evidence further suggests Queensland Resources Council is unsupportive of a Queensland zero-emissions 2050 target, stating in 2017 that it would be “challenging” to meet such a target. Queensland Resources Council is a vocal advocate for a long-term role for coal in the global and Australian energy mix, with it’s CEO, Ian Macfarlane stating in 2017 that “the development of a coal-fired power station or three in eastern Australia is virtually inevitable”. QRC actively advocates for increased Australian coal exports and the Adani Carmichael coal mine developing, arguing in 2017 that “it is a deceptive argument that stopping a single coal mine in central Queensland will influence the level of global emissions”.

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