The Minerals Council South Africa

InfluenceMap Score
E
Performance Band
33%
Organisation Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Materials
Head​quarters:
Johannesburg, South Africa

Climate Lobbying Overview: The Minerals Council South Africa (Minerals Council) appears to be actively negatively lobbying climate change policy in South Africa, particularly on the issue of the carbon tax.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: The Minerals Council stated in 2019 that it supports the South African Government’s commitment to reduce GHGs in line with the country’s NDC under the Paris Agreement. However, it does not appear to support more ambitious regulations to achieve this target.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: In recent years, the Minerals Council South Africa’s climate lobbying has focused on the South African carbon tax, which the group has consistently lobbied to block, weaken or delay since 2015. In a 2015 consultation presentation to the Davis Tax Committee, the Minerals Council argued the carbon tax is “unnecessary and premature” and “would result in negative economic and social impacts”. In 2016, the group lobbied for a five-year delay of its introduction. In 2018, the Minerals Council argued to the Standing Committee on Finance that the tax was unnecessary to meeting South Africa’s NDC emissions reductions, and in 2019, lobbied for a 100% relief allowance and a near-zero tax rate for the mining sector in phase 1. Roger Baxter, Minerals Council’s CEO, has argued for the need for the ‘full toolbox’ to fight climate change, which appears to involve a range of offsets and tax relief measures for the mining sector. In the absence of the full toolbox, the Minerals Council continues to advocate against a carbon tax.

Positioning on Energy Transition: The Minerals Council continues to advocate for a high GHG emissions energy mix. In 2017, Minerals Council backed the continuation of a fossil fuel subsidy. In 2020, the Minerals Council has publicly supported a just transition, however, stipulates that this means there are grounds for a gradual rather than immediate move away from coal, without a timeline to indicate what the Minerals Council considers ‘gradual’. The Minerals Council also leads an initiative called ‘Coal Mining Matters’, on which it argues coal will continue to have a significant role in the energy mix.

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