AGL Energy

InfluenceMap Score
C
Performance Band
66%
Organisation Score
64%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Utilities
Head​quarters:
Sydney, Australia
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: AGL Energy appears to be broadly supporting progressive climate policy at state and federal level in Australia, and shows active engagement in this area. However, AGL Energy has shown mixed support for specific policy measures to facilitate the energy transition and its position on the long-term role for fossil fuels in the energy mix appears to not be aligned with IPCC guidelines.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: AGL Energy’s top-line messaging on climate policy appears to be broadly supportive of ambitious climate action in Australia. In April 2018, the company has declared support for Victoria’s state target to reach net zero emissions by 2050, and in May 2020 it accepted that a mixture of government regulations and market-based policies are needed to achieve this. The company has also stated support for Australia’s participation in the Paris Agreement, for example, in August 2019.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: AGL Energy appears to show mostly positive support for specific policies to respond to climate change, with some exceptions. For example, in the first half of 2020, the company appeared to strongly support state-based energy efficiency targets and schemes in Australia, such as those in New South Wales and Victoria. This follows an AGL submission from July 2018 where it advocated for federal policymakers to introduce vehicle efficiency standards. In April 2018, AGL also supported emissions trading, with the caveat that it should not delay the decarbonization of the Australian economy. In May 2020, AGL expressed support for the Emissions Reduction Fund and supported broadening it to facilitate emissions reductions in other sectors.

However, AGL in September 2018 supported reforms to the Safeguard Mechanism that could arguably weaken the ambition of the policy, by allowing annually updated baselines that allowed facilities to emit more whilst remaining under the emissions cap. In the same submission, AGL appeared to oppose extending the requirements of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting legislation to include Scope 3 emissions.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Although AGL Energy has expressed top-line support for the transition of the energy mix, stating in August 2018 that “decarbonization is a fundamental imperative”, it has shown mixed support for specific policy measures intended to aid this transition. For example, in November 2020, the company appeared to oppose the Energy Infrastructure Investment Plan in New South Wales, a major reform plan intended to accelerate the transition to clean energy, with CEO Brett Redman claiming the bill had delayed construction of new energy infrastructure in the state. AGL Energy also appears to support a long-term role for gas in the energy mix, which may not be fully aligned with IPCC guidance.

On the other hand, the company appears to have supported ambitious policies for the electrification of transport, stating support in its 2019 CDP disclosure for a national electric vehicle (EV) target and tax exemptions for EVs.

Industry Association Governance: AGL Energy has disclosed its membership of industry associations actively lobbying on climate policy and published a review of its industry association memberships to assess alignment on climate change policy in May 2020. However, this review lacked detail regarding the climate positions of its industry associations, how alignment was assessed and the framework for addressing potential cases of misalignment. There is evidence that AGL has sought to improve its indirect impact on climate policy: AGL left APPEA and Minerals Council of Australia in 2016 after citing differences in their positioning on climate and energy. It also ended its membership of the Queensland Resources Council in June 2020, again citing differences over views on the energy transition. However, AGL retains membership of the Business Council of Australia which has actively engaged in obstructive lobbying on Australian climate legislation.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
1 NS NA 2 NS 2 NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
1 NS NA 2 1 1 NS NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
0 1 NS 1 NS NS NS NA
Support of UN Climate Process
1 1 NS -1 1 1 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA 2 NA NA NA NS NS
Carbon Tax
0 -1 NS 0 0 -1 NS NA
Emissions Trading
1 1 1 1 NS 1 NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
0 NS 0 1 NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy
0 0 0 -1 -1 0 NS NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
0 0 2 1 0 0 NS NA
GHG Emission Regulation
0 NS 1 0 0 NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
1 NS 1 NA NA NA NS NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
61%
 
61%
 
50%
 
50%
 
76%
 
76%
 
87%
 
87%
 
56%
 
56%
 
45%
 
45%
 
81%
 
81%
 
51%
 
51%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.