World Coal Association (WCA)

InfluenceMap Score
F
Performance Band
22%
Organisation Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Materials
Head​quarters:
London, United Kingdom

Climate Lobbying Overview: The World Coal Association (WCA) appears generally oppositional to ambitious global climate change policy, although there is limited evidence of engagement in 2018-2020. WCA also continues to support a sustained role for coal in the global energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: WCA published a Climate Change Position Statement in 2020, which appeared to support the objectives of the Paris Agreement to reduce global emissions. However, the Position Statement qualified this by emphasizing the need to integrate emissions reductions alongside economic development and energy security, and also supporting climate solutions that rely heavily on CCUS technology to reduce emissions from GHG-intensive energy sources in the long-term.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: WCA appears to be generally oppositional to climate-related regulation, although the association appears to have had limited engagement with specific climate policies in 2018-20. Communications from 2014-2017 suggest unsupportive positions towards carbon tax legislation in Australia and South Africa, as well as EU ETS reforms to increase the carbon price and effectiveness of the scheme. The World Coal Association also appears unsupportive of renewable energy legislation, advocating in 2017 against renewable energy subsidies and Australia’s federal Clean Energy Target. WCA has also not supported ambitious GHG emissions targets under the US Clean Power Plan and the EU 2030 Energy Strategy.

Positioning on Energy Transition: WCA actively promotes a sustained role for coal in the energy mix, stating in its 2020 Climate Change Position Statement that “coal will continue to play a significant role in the energy mix for decades to come” alongside HELE and CCUS technologies. WCA has also supported an increased role for coal in the transport and fuels sector. In June 2020, WCA CEO Michelle Manook supported the Indian government's coal auctions as a "historic moment for the country", emphasizing the importance of coal to energy security, economic development and other policy objectives in India including the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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
NS NS NA NS -1 NS NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
-1 -1 NA -2 -1 -1 NA NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
NS -1 NA NS NS NS NA NA
Support of UN Climate Process
0 -1 NA -1 0 0 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation
-1 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax
NS -1 NA NS NS NS NA NA
Emissions Trading
NS -1 NA NS NS NS NA NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Renewable Energy
NS -1 NA NS -1 NS NA NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
-2 -1 NA -2 -1 -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Regulation
NS -1 NA NS -1 -1 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships
2 NS NA NA NA NA NA NA