Queensland Resources Council (QRC)

InfluenceMap Score
E-
Performance Band
29%
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 the energy transition. QRC has actively lobbied against ambitious reform to Australian climate policy, and continues to support a role for fossil fuels, including coal, in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: QRC’s top-line communications on climate change appear to have improved in 2021. In its latest position statement on energy and climate change, updated in March 2021, QRC explicitly supported the Paris Agreement and the need to limit global warming to “well below” 2°C. As of August 2021, QRC has also supported Queensland’s net-zero by 2050 target and called for federal and state policies to respond to climate change on its corporate website.

However, in its March 2021 position statement on energy and climate change, QRC qualified its support for climate regulation by emphasizing the need to prioritize “least cost” abatement and to protect trade competitiveness, favoring a market-based approach. 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.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: QRC appears to have had limited engagement on specific climate-related policy in 2020-21, except the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). In a joint submission on the Review of the EPBC Act in April 2020, QRC directly advocated to exclude greenhouse gas emissions requirements from the legislation. In May 2020, QRC opposed the EPBC Amendment (Climate Trigger) Bill, which proposed the introduction of a “climate trigger” to consider greenhouse gas emissions requirements under the legislation.

Positioning on Energy Transition: QRC is actively engaged on the energy transition and is a vocal advocate for the long-term role for fossil fuels in the global and Australian energy mix, including coal. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, QRC published a Resource Industry Recovery Agenda in June 2020 which called for government support of $500 million for new gas pipeline infrastructure, incentives for further coal and gas exploration, amnesties from changes to royalties and taxes, and significant deregulation of the mining industry. In April 2020, CEO Ian Macfarlane wrote a letter to the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy seeking deferrals on fees for coal companies and “fast-tracking” of new brownfield coal developments to assist the economic recovery from COVID-19. 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 2021 press releases on its corporate website, QRC has continued to support investments in new coal and gas infrastructure.

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