Business Council of Australia

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Melbourne, Australia

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) is negatively lobbying Australian climate change policy. Despite communicating support for the Paris Climate Agreement, BCA has emphasized the economic costs of greenhouse gas emission reductions and opposed proposals in 2016 to increase Australian GHG emissions targets to 45% by 2030. BCA opposed the Australian carbon tax, supporting its repeal in 2014, which it was reportedly instrumental in achieving. Despite apparent opposition in 2013, evidence from 2014-17 suggests that BCA has supported an Australian emissions trading scheme, although on the condition that its implementation is staggered to prevent immediate coal plant closures. In 2014, BCA appears to have advocated to policymakers to weaken Australia’s federal renewable energy target and, in 2016-17 consultation responses, BCA continued to oppose state-level, and ambitious federal-level, renewable energy targets and subsidies. Consultation responses in 2016 further suggest BCA has not supported either binding energy efficiency standards in Victoria or ambitious federal-level fuel economy standards. Although the BCA’s CEO Jennifer Westacott has publicly supported a low-carbon transition ‘over time’, BCA has supported both increased unconventional gas exploitation and a prolonged transition away from (and sustained role for) coal in the energy mix.

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