NSW Minerals Council

InfluenceMap Score
F
Performance Band
24%
Organisation Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Materials
Head​quarters:
Sydney, Australia

The NSW Minerals Council (NSWMC) has negatively engaged with climate policy in Australia and is a strong proponent for coal in the energy mix.

NSWMC has released a new policy position statement on climate change in 2020 that states support for the Paris Agreement’s goal, along with a measured transition to a low emissions economy. This position stresses the need for a “technology neutral” approach to climate change mitigation and includes support for gas and advanced coal in the future energy mix, which NSWMC classifies as low-emission fuels. InfluenceMap’s analysis indicates that this new, nominally positive position statement from NSWMC, which represents a single data-point, is broadly not aligned with the organisation’s active engagement with climate and energy policy since 2015.

NSWMC has opposed dramatic reductions in GHG emissions, stressing economic costs and downplaying Australia’s contribution to global GHG emissions in 2017. In a 2017 consultation response to the National Electricity Market review NSW Minerals Council criticized New South Wales’ 2050 zero emissions target as “virtually impossible to achieve” and as having “a negligible impact at a global scale”. In 2018, NSWMC continued to argue against a net zero by 2050 emissions target in NSW, as well as the Labor Party’s proposal in 2019 to increase the federal GHG emission reduction target from 26% to 45% by 2030. Additionally, in 2019, NSWMC was a vocal advocate of reform to the NSW planning permission system for new projects, running a campaign which targeted NSW Planning Minister, Rob Stokes. In particular, NSWMC challenged the IPC’s consideration of scope 3 emissions to approving new coal mines.

Throughout 2015-2020 NSW Minerals Council has consistently supported a long-term role for coal in the energy mixes of Australia and ‘Asian nations’, particularly Southeast Asia. This includes advocating for the construction of new coal plants in New South Wales in 2019. In the run up to the election, NSWMC seemingly attempted to sway the public against coal phase out, frequently through the use of opinion pieces written by CEO, Stephen Galilee. In 2020, NSWMC advocated the development of new coal mines to aid the state's economic recovery from Covid-19. In addition, NSW Mineral Council has opposed renewable energy legislation. In 2017, NSWMC strongly criticised the national renewable energy target, and suggested opposition to state-based renewable targets. NSWMC has also used Opinion Editorials written by its CEO, Stephen Galilee, to suggest renewable energy targets will result in a huge cost to the public, both in 2018 in reference to Bill Shorten’s policy for a 50% renewable energy target for NSW by 2030, and in 2019 regarding the Labor Party’s federal 50% renewable energy target. In an April 2021 response to a Parliamentary Inquiry into the regulation of Australia's export industries, NSW Minerals Council supported a significant role for Australian coal for "decades", and criticized financial institutions for phasing out financial support to the coal sector.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
NS NS NA NS NS -1 NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
1 -1 NA -1 -2 -1 NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
-1 NS NA -1 NS NS NA
Support of UN Climate Process
1 NS NA 1 1 1 NA
Transparency on Legislation
-1 NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax
NS NS NA NS NS -2 NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS NA NS NS NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS NA NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy
NS NS NA -1 NS -1 NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
-2 -2 NA -2 -2 -2 NA
GHG Emission Regulation
-1 -1 NA -2 -1 -2 NA
Disclosure on Relationships
1 NS NA NA NA NA NA