Coal India

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Metals & Mining
Kolkata, India
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Coal India Limited (CIL) appears to be negatively engaged on climate change policy, albeit with limited, transparent engagement. While CIL has expressed broad support for the need for policy measures to combat climate change in India, the company emphasizes the need for continued role of coal in India’s energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: CIL has limited top-line communications on climate change. In its 2019-20 ESG Report, the company acknowledged the physical risks of climate change to its business, including extreme weather. In a December 2021 Economic Times article, Chairman Pramod Agrawal appeared to support the commitments made at COP26. However, the company has not explicitly supported the Paris Agreement, the need for government regulation, or the need for GHG emissions reductions in line with IPCC science.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: CIL has not publicly disclosed details of its engagement with climate change regulations. Further, the company did not respond to the 2021 CDP Climate Change Information Request.

Positioning on Energy Transition: CIL appears unsupportive of the transition to a clean energy mix, advocating for the long-term presence of coal in the energy mix. In December 2021, Chairman Pramod Agrawal stated in an Economic Times article that coal would remain the “main engine of growth” in India up until 2040, suggesting a gradual shift towards renewables. In the 2020-21 Annual Report, Agrawal emphasized the centrality of coal in Indian industries, citing that its “abundance, availability, and affordability” makes it “irreplaceable” in the Indian context. CIL has also advocated for the increased production of coal in India. In the 2020-21 annual report from CIL’s Western Coalfields Limited, the Chairman supported augmenting “coal production at an unprecedented rate” by 2023-24.

Industry Association Governance: CIL has not publicly disclosed details of its memberships to, or engagement with, industry associations on its corporate website. InfluenceMap has not identified any memberships to industry associations in our database.

Additional Note: CIL is headquartered in India, where InfluenceMap’s LobbyMap platform can currently only make a provisional assessment of corporate climate policy engagement, due to limited capability to access publicly available data on this issue. As it is possible that InfluenceMap is not yet able to fully capture evidence of CIL's climate policy engagement activities, these scores should be considered provisional at this time.

In addition, CIL is a listed company with more than 50% of its shares owned by the government of India. State-owned enterprises likely retain channels of direct and private engagement with government officials that InfluenceMap is unable to assess, and therefore are not represented in CIL's engagement intensity metric.

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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.