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 Agreement, BCA has emphasized the economic costs of greenhouse gas emission reductions and in 2019 opposed the Labor Party’s plan to increase Australian GHG emissions targets to 45% by 2030. Furthermore, BCA have advocated for the use of Kyoto carry-over credits to meet Australia’s current GHG emissions target of 26-28%. BCA opposed the Australian carbon tax, supporting its repeal in 2014, which it was reportedly instrumental in achieving. The BCA in 2016-17 has consistently opposed Australian state-level and federal level renewable energy targets and subsidies. In 2018, BCA’s President, Jennifer Westacott, advocated the need for investment into coal plants while criticising the introduction of the federal Renewable Energy Target for creating "inherent reliability risk" on the grid. Also in 2018, BCA labelled proposals to increase the target would “wreck the economy” and in 2019 continues to oppose extensions to the scheme. Consultation responses in 2016 further suggest BCA has not supported either binding energy efficiency standards in Victoria or ambitious federal-level fuel economy standards. Additionally, in 2019 they advocated that the Western Australian Government reject the carbon emissions guidelines released by Western Australia’s Environment Protection Authority. 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.

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