Australian Industry Greenhouse Network

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Kingston, Australia
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Australian Industry Greenhouse Network (AIGN) appears to recognize the need for action on climate change to limit global temperature increase to 2°C, but appears to have been largely unsupportive of specific ambitious climate policies.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: AIGN shows mixed support for climate policy in its top-line messaging. AIGN appears to welcome the signing of the Paris Agreement on its website, as of July 2021. In October 2021, CEO Susie Smith also supported a net-zero target when speaking on a webinar. However, AIGN has not explicitly supported GHG emissions reductions in line with 1.5°C or net-zero by 2050.

AIGN’s support for government policy to respond to climate change appears mixed. In AIGN’s 2019 Annual Report, AIGN Chairman Paul Barrett appeared to not support ambitious climate policy at the state level (as opposed to federal), claiming it would lead to duplication and inconsistencies. Furthermore, on AIGN’s website as of July 2021, AIGN’s support for policy appears to be limited to market based mechanisms such as carbon pricing, with major qualifications, i.e. emphasizing that requirements should not affect national competitiveness of trade exposed industries, as well as reemphasizing “there is no place for state based mitigation policies”. Furthermore, AIGN has been reported by the Climate Change Authority in March 2020 as continuing to support the use of Kyoto carry-over credits to meet Australia's emissions reduction commitment, thus weakening the overall ambition of the target.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: AIGN shows mixed support for specific climate-related regulations, albeit with relatively limited recent engagement on policies from 2021. At federal level, AIGN expressed support in principle for both the Safeguard Mechanism and the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) in consultation responses from March and June 2018 respectively, although it qualified this support with the need to protect the trade competitiveness of EITE industries and advocated for a weaker emissions target under the NEG framework.

AIGN appears to be most actively engaged in policy on emissions trading schemes. In October 2021, CEO Susie Smith supported international emissions trading under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, stating that international carbon markets and offsets will be key to managing GHG emissions. In a consultation response from September 2018, AIGN expressed support for a "deep and liquid" market for emissions trading at an international level, but with the emphasis seemingly on lowest cost abatement rather than emissions reduction, as well as appearing to oppose limits on emission credits. AIGN appears to have repeatedly argued in favor of an emissions trading scheme for national emissions reductions, for example in its Annual Report in October 2019. As part of this, AIGN appears to advocate for the inclusion of international units (offsets), i.e. in a consultation response from June 2018, without, however, placing a limit on the quantity of international permits used. This has the potential to weaken domestic emissions reductions.

Positioning on Energy Transition: AIGN shows mixed support for the transition of the energy mix, albeit with relatively limited engagement. In a press release from September 2020, AIGN appeared to support the Australian Government’s funding commitment to support new and emerging energy technologies in order to support the transition to a low carbon economy. In an October 2021 webinar, however, AIGN CEO Susie Smith appeared to support a long-term role for oil and gas in the energy mix, without reference to the need for CCS. Smith was also a panel member for Australia’s King Review, which proposed weaker regulations for heavy emitters and more public funding for ‘clean coal technologies’ including use of carbon capture and storage in May 2020.

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