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 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. The BCA in 2016-17 has consistently opposed Australian state-level and federal level renewable energy targets and subsidies, and in 2014 advocated to policymakers to weaken Australia’s federal renewable energy target. Further, in 2017 despite the BCA appearing to support an Australian clean energy target that included low emissions coal, BCA’s President, Grant King, later backed moves to reject it by the Australian government. While the BCA appears to have opposed an Australian emissions trading scheme in 2013, evidence from 2014-17 suggests an evolving position to support such a system on the condition that its implementation was staggered to prevent immediate coal plant closures. 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 2 NS NA NA
Climate Science Stance -1 -1 NA -1 0 -1 NA NA
Need for Climate Regulation 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 -1 NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix NS -1 NA 0 0 0 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards -1 -1 NA 1 -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