Adbri (Adelaide Brighton)

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Construction Materials
Adelaide, Australia
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Adbri (formerly Adelaide Brighton) appears generally supportive of climate action and the energy transition in its top-line communications, though its engagement on specific climate policy is very limited. However, the company has also advocated the role of fossil gas in Australia's energy mix in recent years.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Adbri’s top-line communications on climate policy appears broadly positive. In its 2021 Annual Report, published in February 2022, Adbri stated support for the Paris Agreement and supported government regulation to achieve the goals of the agreement. Similarly, in its 2020 Sustainability Report, published in February 2021, the company stated support for the Paris Agreement and the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. In the same report, Adbri also backed government regulations and policies on climate change. Furthermore, Adbri CEO Nick Miller appeared to support government regulation in response to climate change in the company's May 2022 Net Zero Emissions Roadmap, stating that government policy must be advanced alongside climate change action.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Adbri appears to have increased its engagement with climate change policies in May 2022. In a May 2022 Daily Telegraph article, Adbri CEO Nick Miller appeared to be unsupportive of the Australian Labor Party’s proposal to strengthen Australia’s Safeguard Mechanism, stating that investment into the cement and steel sectors should not be stifled. In contrast, in its May 2022 Net Zero Roadmap, Adbri appeared to support more ambitious energy efficiency standards for buildings. In the same May 2022 document, Adbri also appeared to support greenhouse gas legislation, stating that “government policies have a vital role in enabling, de-risking and coordinating emissions reductions”. Furthermore, in its May 2022 Net Zero Roadmap, Adbri supported an Australian carbon border adjustment mechanism, however it did not specify its position on the removal of existing carbon leakage protection for trade-exposed sectors.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Adbri does not appear to fully support the transition of the energy mix. In its 2021 Annual Report, published in February 2022, the company appeared to support the transition to a low carbon economy, and the long-term decarbonization of the cement industry. However, it emphasized the absence of current technology to support the process of cement decarbonization. The company also expressed top-line support for alternative fuels and low-carbon products in its 2020 sustainability reports, though with limited detail on specific fuel types. However, Adbri also appears to support a sustained role for natural gas in the energy mix contrary to IPCC guidance, without reference to the need for CCS or methane abatement measures. In a September 2020 Sydney Morning Herald article, Adbri CEO Nick Miller supported Australia's "gas-fired recovery" from the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing the positive impact on energy prices.

Industry Association Governance: Adbri has disclosed its membership to four industry associations in its 2019 Annual Report, including the Carbon Market Institute (CMI) and Manufacturing Australia (MA). CMI's engagement on climate policy has been generally positive, although focused mainly on market-based measures, while MA appears broadly unsupportive of ambitious climate policy in Australia. Adbri has not disclosed any details of the company's alignment or influence within these organizations, nor has it published a full audit disclosure of its industry links. Adbri does not appear to have published an updated list of industry associations since its 2019 Annual Report.

InfluenceMap collects and assesses evidence of corporate climate policy engagement on a weekly basis, depending on the availability of information from each specific data source (for more information see our methodology). While this analysis flows through to the company’s scores each week, the summary above is updated periodically. This summary was last updated in Q3 2022.

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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.