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 on specific climate policies. While CIL has expressed support for India’s Nationally Determined Contribution commitments, the company emphasizes the need for a continued role for coal in India’s energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: CIL has broadly positive top-line communications on climate change, albeit limited. In its 2021-22 Business Responsibility and Sustainability Report, published in 2022, the company supported India’s GHG target of net-zero by 2070. In the same report, Coal India’s Chairman and Managing Director, Pramod Agrawal, also supported India’s commitments under its Nationally Determined Contribution. However, the company has not explicitly supported the Paris Agreement or the need for government regulation to respond to climate change.

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 a transition away from fossil fuels in line with IPCC science, advocating for the long-term presence of coal in the energy mix. In its 2021-22 Business Responsibility and Sustainability Report, published in 2022, the company argued that the share of coal in the overall energy mix is expected to remain high at 48-54% beyond 2030 with a higher share of the energy mix than renewables and clean energy sources. 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.

Industry Association Governance: CIL has disclosed its membership to five industry associations in its 2021-22 Business Responsibility and Sustainability Report. However, the company provides no further details regarding its role within these organizations or their climate policy positions and engagement activities. Coal India has not published a review of its alignment with industry associations on climate change. CIL has no memberships to industry associations currently covered by InfluenceMap’s database.

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.

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.

Strength of Relationship

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.