Australian Pipelines and Gas Association

InfluenceMap Score
D+
Performance Band
52%
Organisation Score
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Canberra, Australia
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview:* The APGA's engagement on climate regulation has been mixed and, while supporting some policy, appears generally unsupportive of ambitious action on climate change which could impact the role of natural gas in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: The APGA’s top-line messaging on climate policy appears to be positive. On it's corporate website, it states that it recognizes the science of climate change, as well as supporting the Paris Agreement. Although it is less clear if the association supports any temperature or emissions goal, a 2019 press release appeared to support for the ACT’s state-level policy with a target of net-zero emissions by 2045.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations:In 2019, CEO Steve Davies supported the development of a national energy and climate policy, but the organization has consistently maintained that any framework should be technology neutral to achieve the lowest cost pathway to emissions reduction. The APGA has expressed support for emissions reduction targets as part of the National Energy Guarantee in 2018 and appeared to support state level targets in Victoria in 2019, but maintained that any framework should be technology neutral and recognize the contribution of natural gas. In 2018 , the APGA also opposed the inclusion of a renewable energy mandate in Australia's National Construction Code, on the grounds that such policies should be technology neutral, as well as supporting a delay to incorporating more ambitious energy efficiency standards.

Positioning on Energy Transition:The APGA appears to recognize the importance of the energy transition, supporting a move away from coal in 2018 and lobbying in favour of the deployment of low emission technologies such as hydrogen in 2019. However, the APGA has consistently advocated in favour of the long-term role of natural gas, for example in its submission to the Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper in June 2020. The organization has lobbied for unconventional gas production such as shale gas and hydraulic fracturing in 2017 and supported in 2018 weakening the Safeguard Mechanism in relation to emissions baselines for gas transmission pipelines. In May 2021, the association opposed proposed moratoriums on gas connections and advocated for the continued use of natural gas without clear reference to CCS, while in a separate press release in the same month, it stated support for the National Gas Infrastructure Plan (Gas-fired recovery) and the development of new gas projects.

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