Queensland Resources Council (QRC)

InfluenceMap Score
F
Performance Band
22%
Organisation Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Materials
Head​quarters:
Brisbane, Australia
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Queensland Resources Council (QRC) appears to have a highly negative position on climate change and transitioning the energy mix. It appears to be actively lobbying against climate and energy policies, although engagement appears to be mostly limited to policies regarding the transition of the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: QRC does not appear to fully support ambitious action on climate change in its top-line communications. In QRC's 2020 Position on Energy and Climate Change, it qualified its support for the need for a national policy response to reduce GHG emissions by emphasizing the need to protect the competitiveness of Queensland's economy. In response to the 2020 Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, QRC opposed the consideration of climate change and emissions reductions under Australia's landmark environmental legislation. QRC also does not appear to have explicitly supported the Paris Agreement.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: QRC has had some engagement on policies regarding renewable energy and emissions reductions. QRC appears strongly opposed to renewable energy 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 QRC 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. In April 2020, QRC opposed the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions reduction requirements in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Positioning on Energy Transition: 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 has actively advocated 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”. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, QRC has lobbied for economic incentives for the fossil fuel sector to support Australia's economic recovery, including to fast-track brownfield coal projects in Queensland. In August 2020, QRC released a TV advertising campaign in the run-up to the Queensland State elections promoting the benefits of the mining and gas industry. In April 2020, QRC supported the development of the Surat coal seam gas project.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
1 -2 NA NS -1 NS NA NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
-1 -1 NA -1 NS -1 NA NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
-1 NS NA -1 NS NS NA NA
Support of UN Climate Process
NS -1 NA 0 NS NS NA NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax
NS NS NA NS NS -2 NA NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Renewable Energy
0 -1 NA -2 NS NS NA NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
-1 -1 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Regulation
NS NS NA -2 NS NS NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships
1 NS NA NA NA NA NA NA