Coal India

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for Climate Policy Engagement
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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 consistently 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. 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. This position was reiterated by Agrawal in an August 2022 interview with BizzBuzz. However, in a November 2022 Business India article, Agrawal appears to support a less urgent approach to climate action, emphasizing the need to balance climate action with energy security. The company has also 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 2022 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 role 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 separate interviews in August and September 2022, CIL Chairman Pramod Agrawal supported an increased role for renewables in the energy mix but stated that it should not be viewed as a "threat" to coal's standing in the immediate future, advocating for a sustained role for coal as India's dominant energy source for "at least two decades more".

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 joined the World Coal Association in November 2022, which has continued to support a sustained role for coal in the energy mix globally.

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 Q4 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.

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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.