Energy Reform Is Urgent To Avert Systemic Crises
13 December 2016
We join with groups for energy users and suppliers in support of reform to Australia's energy systems to ensure reliability and affordability as we decarbonise the economy.
Business Council Statement on 2017 Climate Change Review Terms of Reference
5 December 2016
The Business Council welcomes the release of a broad and comprehensive Terms of Reference for the 2017 Review of Climate Change Policies that will enable all relevant issues to be considered.
Statement On The Closure of Hazelwood Power Station
3 November 2016
Our thoughts are with the employees of Hazelwood power station. Its closure is reflective of Australia's inevitable transition to a lower-emission electricity system.
Business Council Welcomes Energy Independent Review
7 October 2016
With the increasing penetration of renewable energy the range of services required to balance the electricity systems are changing.
Joint Statement Energy Challenges Need Cooperation
7 October 2016
Organisations representing Australia’s energy industry and consumers of all sizes have united in calling for a cooperative and strategic response to Australia’s energy transition and challenges.
Business Council Statement on Climate Change Authority Report
1 September 2016
The Business Council welcomes the Climate Change Authority’s report on the actions Australia could take to deliver our commitments in the Paris Agreement as an important contribution to the climate change policy debate.
Victorian Gas Ban Will Hit Businesses and Consumers
30 August 2016
The Government’s decision to ban exploration and development of all onshore unconventional gas in Victoria will be a dead weight on economic growth and energy security in that state, while making the clean energy transition riskier and more expensive.
Business Council Statement on Ausgrid Transaction Process
11 August 2016
The Business Council of Australia respects the preliminary decision by the Federal Government to block the lease of New South Wales electricity provider Ausgrid, following advice on national security issues from the Foreign Investment Review Board.
BCA Statement on Victoria’s Renewables Targets
15 June 2016
Victoria’s latest announcement of renewable targets represents an unwelcome return to competing state climate change policies that risk driving up the cost of emissions reduction and threaten the orderly transformation of the electricity sector.
BCA Statement on Federal Opposition Climate Action Plan
27 April 2016
The Federal Opposition’s climate change action plan, released today, could provide a platform for bipartisanship to deliver the energy and climate change policy durability needed to support the critical transformation to a lower emission future.
BCA Statement on the ACCC's Review of the East Cost Gas Market
22 April 2016
We welcome the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) report on the east coast gas market, but caution against changes to pipeline access regulation.
Australia Has Played its Part in Paris Climate Change Talks
13 December 2015
Australia has made a solid contribution at the Paris climate change talks.
Statement on the Opposition's Emissions Reduction Targets
27 November 2015
The BCA welcomes the opportunity for consultation on the Opposition’s preferred emissions reduction target
Statement on Radioactive Waste Management
13 November 2015
Australians benefit from the nuclear industry. We must also take responsibility for safely storing the waste products.
Statement on post-2020 Emissions Reduction Target
11 August 2015
Achieving the post-2020 emissions reduction target will be a challenge for all Australians, including business.
Australian Climate Roundtable: Joint Opinion Article
29 June 2015
Broad and durable support is required to effectively tackle climate change.
Broad Alliance Points to Common Ground on Climate Policy
29 June 2015
The Australian Climate Roundtable has come together to put the climate policy debate on common ground and offer a way forward.
Statement on the Passage of the Renewable Energy Target
24 June 2015
The passage of the RET amendment legislation will restore confidence in investment in renewable energy.
Statement on NSW Electricity Privatisation
4 June 2015
The NSW Government has set a great example for other states on the privatisation of energy assets.
Business Calls for a RET Compromise
4 May 2015
Peak business groups have called on the Federal Government and Opposition to resolve the current RET impasse, and provide much needed certainty to industry.
National Press Club Address by Catherine Livingstone: Q&A Transcript
29 April 2015
A transcript of the Q & A section of Business Council of Australia President Catherine Livingstone’s National Press Club Address on 29 April 2015.
Post-2020 Target Needs to Strike the Right Balance
30 April 2015
It is critical in setting a post-2020 target that there is an understanding of the level of structural adjustment that will be required and its impact.
Increasing Gas Supply Still the Best Path to Lower Prices
15 April 2015
New sources of gas will allow consumers and businesses to save on their gas bills.
Time For Action on Energy Reform
8 April 2015
Today’s Energy White Paper should spur governments across Australia to reform a critical sector of the Australian economy.
BCA Welcomes the Opposition's RET Position
8 April 2015
The Opposition has taken a sensible step today in moving towards a workable compromise on the Renewable Energy Target.
BCA Statement: RET Uncertainty Must Be Urgently Resolved
26 March 2015
The government and Labor need to urgently resolve the impasse on the RET.
Benefits of Privatisation: Article by Jennifer Westacott
20 February 2015
The people of NSW are set to gain substantially from the government’s plans to privatise its energy assets and reinvest the proceeds in new infrastructure.
Privatisation of Electricity Networks: Article by Jennifer Westacott
8 December 2014
Australian Energy Regulator Shows Privatisation Is a Win for Consumers
27 November 2014
The benchmarking data shows privatised electricity networks are far more efficient and deliver lower prices to consumers.
The RET is Broken and Needs to be Fixed
12 November 2014
It is disappointing a bipartisan deal on the RET could not be reached. Ultimately households, business and the renewable industry will pay a price.
Australia’s Energy Advantages: Article by Jennifer Westacott
11 November 2014
Edited extract of Business Council of Australia CEO Jennifer Westacott’s speech at the launch of the BCA report, Australia’s Energy Advantages.
Australia Needs a New Wave of Energy Reform
10 November 2014
Australia’s Energy Advantages sets out a vision and practical action agenda for energy policy in Australia.
Australia’s Energy Advantages: Speech by Jennifer Westacott
10 November 2014
Australia’s energy policy needs a vision that aligns energy and climate change policy, and maximises our comparative advantage.
Statement on Emissions Reduction Fund Amendments
29 October 2014
There are a number positives in the proposed amendments to the Emissions Reduction Fund.
Business Welcomes Opportunity to Consult on Carbon Policy
7 October 2014
The BCA welcomes the opportunity to consult on a workable policy to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions at lowest cost to the economy.
Energy Green Paper First Step in Becoming a Superpower
23 September 2014
Green paper provides a welcome opportunity to consult on how to achieve Australia’s potential as a global energy superpower.
Middle Ground Needed on the Renewable Energy Target: Article in the AFR
8 September 2014
The best outcome for the community, business and the renewable energy industry is a form of a true 20 per cent RET.
Statement on the Repeal of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax
2 September 2014
Repealing the MRRT will help improve Australia’s reputation as an attractive investment destination and ensure a strong, growing resources industry.
Renewable Energy Target Needs to be Amended
24 July 2014
Joint statement from Kate Carnell, CEO, ACCI; Jennifer Westacott, CEO, BCA; and Brendan Pearson, CEO, MCA.
Business Groups Welcome Carbon Tax Repeal
17 July 2014
Three business groups welcome the repeal of the carbon tax as the first step to an emissions reduction policy that works for the economy and environment.
Repeal Carbon Tax to Reclaim Our Lost Advantage in Energy
12 July 2014
In an article in The Australian, BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott calls for bipartisanship on the critical principles for energy and climate change policy.
Parliament Must No Longer Delay in Cutting Carbon Tax Cost
10 July 2014
Repealing the carbon tax must be the first step in reducing electricity prices and developing a coherent, integrated national energy and climate policy.
Time for Senate to Repeal the Carbon Tax
26 June 2014
Three of Australia’s leading business groups call on the Senate to repeal the carbon tax as soon as possible.
Senate Should Act Now to Repeal the Carbon Tax
23 June 2014
The first step in the Parliament agreeing on Australia’s long-term approach to reducing emissions has to be repealing the carbon tax.
Statement on the Emissions Reduction Fund White Paper
24 April 2014
Getting the design of Australia's emissions reduction policy right is vital in underpinning the competitiveness of the economy.
Senate Should Repeal Mining Tax
18 March 2014
BCA, ACCI and Minerals Council of Australia joint statement calling on the Senate to vote this week to repeal the Minerals Resource Rent Tax.
Senate Should Support Carbon Tax Repeal
5 March 2014
BCA, ACCI, AiG and Minerals Council of Australia joint statement calling on the Senate to repeal the carbon tax as soon as possible.
Energy Can Be One of Our Great Advantages: Article in The Australian
27 February 2014
Australia’s energy and climate change policy settings need to be reorientated to drive economic growth while reducing emissions at least cost.
Lost Opportunity for Victoria’s Gas Development
21 November 2013
Victorian Government decision to not lift restrictions on the development of a diversified onshore gas industry in Victoria are disappointing, BCA CEO says.
Carbon Tax Repeal: Article by Jennifer Westacott in the AFR
19 November 2013
Australia's carbon tax is one of the highest in the world and makes our important industries less competitive every day it stays in place.
Industry Groups United: Carbon Tax Must Go
13 November 2013
ACCI, AiG, the BCA and the MCA have called on the parliament to support the repeal of the carbon tax.
Repeal of Mining Tax Should Be Supported
24 October 2013
The parliament should accept the strong mandate the community has given to the government to abolish the mining tax, BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott says.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: Sixth Column in The Australian
12 October 2013
Jennifer Westacott writes about the need for a national energy policy framework as part of a series on the BCA Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.
Speech by Tony Shepherd to the New South Wales Energy Security Summit
26 September 2013
Increasing gas supplies will take political courage and practical resolve and cooperation by governments, gas users and suppliers.
Statement on the Government’s Carbon Policy Announcement
16 July 2013
More needs to be done to address the high cost Australia is paying now to reduce its emissions.
Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity: First Column in The Australian
20 April 2013
First in a series of columns by Jennifer Westacott in The Australian discussing the Business Council of Australia’s Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.
Browse Decision a Stark Warning to Act on High Costs
12 April 2013
Woodside Energy’s decision to shelve its proposed Browse LNG project in Western Australia is a stark warning of the cost pressures in the economy.
Cost of Electricity Still Higher than Needed Following Review
19 December 2012
Businesses and households will continue to pay more than they should for their electricity following the Climate Change Authority’s review of the Renewable Energy Target.
Competitiveness the Key to Australia’s Energy Future
8 November 2012
Lifting competitiveness and efficiency to put downward pressure on the cost of energy supplied to export markets and domestic consumers will be critical to the quality of our lifestyles and economic growth.
Australia’s High Fixed Carbon Price the Elephant in the Room
28 August 2012
Linking our emissions trading system to the European Union’s scheme does not address the fact that Australian businesses still face the world’s highest carbon price until 2015.
Energy Policy Reforms Need to Have a Market Focus
7 August 2012
Reforms to drive productivity improvements across energy sectors and the economy are welcomed.
White Paper a Solid Foundation for Future Energy Policy
13 December 2011
The draft Energy White Paper released by the government today provides a solid foundation for ensuring secure, affordable and sustainable energy in the long term.
Conclusion of the Durban Climate Change Negotiations
12 December 2011
The success or otherwise of the Durban climate change negotiations will not be clear until all major emitters have taken on binding commitments to reduce global emissions.
Statement by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott on the Passage of the Clean Energy Future Package Legislation
8 November 2011
The legislation passed by parliament today has the potential to significantly increase risks to Australia’s economic growth and competitiveness.
Joint Letter to Federal Members of Parliament Regarding the Need for Safeguards to be Included in the Clean Energy Future Legislation
14 October 2011
Without additional safeguards, the Clean Energy Future legislation will create risks to Australia’s competitiveness, making it a flawed approach to putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions.
Statement by BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott
11 October 2011
The Clean Energy Future legislation without the safeguards proposed by the Business Council of Australia is neither workable nor responsible and is a flawed approach to pricing greenhouse gas emissions.
Business Council of Australia Calls for Proper Process to Deliberate the Clean Energy Future Legislation
13 September 2011
A call for the federal parliament to review the risks associated with the government’s Clean Energy Future legislation.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development-BCA Forum Presentations
31 August 2011
Presentations to the joint World Business Council for Sustainable Development-BCA forum on the topic of ‘The Sustainability Challenge: Business Creativity in Practice’.
Business Creatively Meeting the Sustainability Challenge
31 August 2011
The sustainability agenda is a vital agenda for all Australian businesses.
Carbon Price Package Raises Risks and Costs of Reducing Emissions
10 July 2011
The BCA will carefully examine the details of the federal government’s proposed carbon pricing package to fully consider its potential impacts and risks to the Australian economy.
Carbon Decision Must Focus on National Interest
8 July 2011
How will the parliament manage its biggest test since the past election?
Global Emission Cuts Should Be Policy Focus
9 June 2011
Much of the current debate is focused on putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions at any cost and within an artificially short timeframe.
Letter to the Prime Minister regarding Current Negotiations on the Proposed Carbon Price
18 April 2011
Records the issues the BCA wants to see addressed in the government’s consultation process to determine the details for putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions.
AIGN–BCA Carbon Pricing Forum
23 March 2011
Industry forum canvasses the issues influencing the implementation of a carbon price in Australia.
Skills Response Will Help Meet Economic Needs
15 March 2011
The federal government’s response to the Resourcing the Future report will make an important contribution to meeting future workforce requirements of the resources and energy sector.
Statement by BCA Acting Chief Executive Maria Tarrant
24 February 2011
Response to the federal government’s proposed climate change framework as announced today.
NSW Power Play Defies Logic
2 December 2010
The troubled New South Wales electricity privatisation process is lurching to a conclusion that promises to be a poor one for electricity users and for NSW taxpayers, writes Graham Bradley in The Australian Financial Review.
Useful Steps Towards Emissions Reduction
23 July 2010
Elements of the climate change and energy efficiency policies announced by the Prime Minister today are useful, when assessed against the BCA’s policy benchmarks.
Release of the Opposition’s Climate Change Policy
3 February 2010
The BCA has responded to the release of the federal Opposition’s climate change policy.
BCA Remains Committed to Working with Both Sides of Politics
3 December 2009
The best way for Australia to transition to a low-emissions economy is through a market-based emissions trading scheme.
BCA Welcomes Bipartisan Support
24 November 2009
The introduction of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme in Australia is of such fundamental importance and long-term consequences that it requires bipartisan support.
Bipartisanship Essential for Emissions Trading Certainty
16 October 2009
The importance of getting the details of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme right cannot be overstated.
Political Uncertainty on Emissions Will Cost Jobs and Investment
16 October 2009
Bipartisanship is the key to addressing two key areas of uncertainty relating to Australia’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, writes Katie Lahey.
Statement on the Release of the Frontier Economics Report on the CPRS
11 August 2009
A 10 per cent unconditional reduction of carbon emissions by 2020, as modelled by Frontier Economics, would impose high costs on the Australian economy.
The Planet Needs Both Sides
22 June 2009
The emissions trading scheme must not come at the cost of competitiveness, writes Greig Gailey in the Herald Sun.
Australia Needs the Right Emissions Trading Scheme
26 May 2009
If Australia is to achieve the targets that it has set itself, business will need to make significant new investments. It needs an ETS that both gets the detail right and continues over the longer term.
Reject Devilish Detail in Carbon Laws
21 May 2009
Legislation should not be approved until the scheme’s design is resolved, argues Greig Gailey in The Australian.
Keep Politics Out of Emissions Solution
5 May 2009
The government and Opposition must work together to find the best solution to climate change, writes Greig Gailey in The Australian Financial Review.
Changes to the Proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme
4 May 2009
Given Australia’s current economic circumstances, the BCA welcomes and supports the government’s responsible decision to delay the commencement of the CPRS by one year to 1 July 2011.
National Framework Needed on Energy Efficiency
1 May 2009
The implementation of energy efficiency measures without a consistent national framework in place will not deliver greenhouse gas emissions reductions at least cost.
COAG Steps Forward But Must Improve to Avoid Stumbling
1 May 2009
Some positive steps were taken at yesterday’s COAG meeting but a risk remains that the pace of key national reforms is slowing, BCA Chief Executive Katie Lahey said.
Energy Efficiency One Part of the Bigger Climate Issue
19 March 2009
The BCA and its members have strongly endorsed the development of an emissions trading scheme as part of a multifaceted response to climate change.
Speech by BCA President Greig Gailey to the Australian Workers Union National Conference
3 February 2009
What policies are needed to support economic revival and resilience in the face of the global economic slowdown?
President’s Statement on the Announcement of the 2020 Emissions Reduction Target
16 December 2008
The Australian Government’s emissions reduction target announcement sets in train a fundamental restructuring of the Australian economy.
Statement by BCA President Greig Gailey on EITE Elements of the Federal Government’s White Paper
15 December 2008
The BCA welcomes the extensive consultations undertaken by government in refining the proposals in its green paper to address the impact of the CPRS on emissions-intensive, trade-exposed (EITE) industries in the absence of a global response.
Statement on Treasury Climate Change Mitigation Modelling
30 October 2008
The BCA has not yet had time to examine the report in detail, but its initial assessment notes the modelling, like the BCA’s previous work, confirms that a global agreement is essential to achieving affordable climate change mitigation in Australia.
Driving Business Offshore Is No Carbon Solution
11 October 2008
Establishing a scheme that simply shifts emissions elsewhere benefits neither the environment nor the economy, Katie Lahey writes in The Australian.
Garnaut Accepts Global Climate Solution is the Key
5 September 2008
The BCA welcomes the release of Professor Ross Garnaut’s latest report, Targets and Trajectories, for its acknowledgement that Australia cannot reduce global carbon emissions on its own.
The Great Climate Change Challenge: Speech by BCA President Greig Gailey to the Sydney Institute
27 August 2008
We need a frank discussion of how to deal with and minimise the real costs which an emissions scheme will impose on the economy.
New Research Shows a Way Forward on Emissions Trading
21 August 2008
The first hard data examining the impacts of the proposed Australian emissions trading scheme on 14 businesses across a range of sectors.
Devil in the Detail of Climate Plan
19 July 2008
We should be under no illusion about the size of the task or that there is a quick fix to reducing Australia's greenhouse emissions, writes Greig Gailey in The Sydney Morning Herald.
Devil in Detail of Getting ETS Right
17 July 2008
The economic realities should not be forgotten in an emissions trading scheme, writes Greig Gailey in The Age.
Green Light to Green Paper but Devil Remains in the Detail
16 July 2008
The federal government’s emissions trading green paper is the important starting point for discussions about Australia’s contribution a lower-emissions future, BCA President Greig Gailey said.
Respond to Carbon with Care
10 July 2008
An emissions trading scheme must not weaken the economy, Greig Gailey writes in The Australian.
Australia’s Emissions Trading Scheme: Speech by BCA President Greig Gailey to CEDA
3 July 2008
Why the introduction of a national emissions trading scheme is the single most important policy decision the Rudd Government will make before the next election.
Growth Key to Emissions Plan
3 July 2008
Business will provide the base for the successful move to a low-emissions economy, argues Greig Gailey in The Age.
BCA Welcomes New South Wales Government Energy Strategy
11 December 2007
Statement by BCA Policy Director Maria Tarrant on an announcement this week by the New South Wales Government regarding electricity privatisation.
Kyoto Protocol: Letter to the Editor
30 October 2007
Text of a letter from Michael Chaney to the editor of The Australian, published on 27 October 2007.
Be Prepared for Emissions Trading
12 October 2007
Business cannot afford to sit back and wait for the scheme to start, writes Katie Lahey in The Age.
Statement by Katie Lahey, BCA Chief Executive, on the report of the Owen Inquiry into Electricity Supply in New South Wales
12 September 2007
The BCA strongly backs the Owen Inquiry’s key recommendation for the New South Wales Government to divest itself from ownership of the state’s retail and generation sectors.
Willingness Needed to Establish Emissions Trading Scheme
7 June 2007
Governments and businesses must work together to establish a national emissions trading scheme, Katie Lahey writes.
Warming to a Vital Task
7 June 2007
A market-based, national emissions trading scheme is key to Australia’s effort to reduce greenhouse gases over the long term, Katie Lahey writes in The Courier-Mail.
Good Start on Greenhouse Plan
4 June 2007
Emissions trading is now a business reality, Rod Sims writes in The Australian Financial Review.
BCA Welcomes Greater Certainty on Climate Change
3 June 2007
The BCA has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that the federal government will move ahead with key elements to reduce emissions outlined in last week’s report of the Task Group on Emissions Trading.
Take it a Step at a Time to Hit Emissions Reduction Targets
30 May 2007
The Business Council of Australia has proposed a three-tiered system of greenhouse gas emissions targets to make sure action to respond to climate change is credible and achievable while maintaining Australia’s competitive advantage.
Five-Pronged Approach to Climate Change Challenge
11 May 2007
Australia has to protect its economy in the transition to a low-emissions world, writes Rod Pearse.
Business Council Settles Climate Change Policy
3 April 2007
The BCA has agreed on a policy position to tackle climate change involving sustainable emissions reduction strategies while protecting Australia’s economic base.
Climate Solutions Must Be Genuinely Global
24 March 2007
Australia’s economy needs to be strong in a changing world, op-ed outlines.
Market Mechanisms the Basis for a Global Solution to Climate Change Says BCA Submission
13 March 2007
The Business Council has outlined a series of principles around a ‘cap-and-trade’ scheme to tackle greenhouse emissions as part of a framework which it believes can provide the foundation for an integrated global solution to emissions reduction.
More Urgency Needed to Fix Energy Bottlenecks Says BCA Submission
2 October 2006
Australia’s major companies have called for a number of major shortfalls in the nation’s electricity network to be addressed in a submission by the Business Council to the Council of Australian Governments’ new national energy reform group.
Balance Solves Energy Equation
22 June 2004
The federal government needs to pay attention to demand as well as supply in its energy policy, Hugh Morgan writes in an op-ed in The Australian Financial Review.
BCA Welcomes National Energy Plan
15 June 2004
The BCA welcomed today’s energy policy announced by the federal government, saying it believed it would go a long way towards delivering long-term energy security and competitive energy costs for Australia.
28 February 2003
The Business Council of Australia said today that its members had been unable to reach a common position on the Kyoto Protocol.
Business Council of Australia Supports Release of Energy Issues paper
15 March 2002
The articulation of a vision for a national energy market and suitable milestones is critically important.
Launch of Business Council of Australia Statement on Strategies for Sustainable Development
31 May 2001
Speech by BCA President Dr John Schubert at the launch of the BCA Statement on Strategies for Sustainable Development
BCA Supports Energy Policy Review
4 March 2001
The Executive Director of the Business Council of Australia, Mr David Buckingham, supported Senator Minchin’s call to re-energise energy market reform.
Urgent Review of Energy Reforms Needed: BCA
21 August 2000
The Business Council of Australia today called for an urgent review of the nation’s energy reform agenda.
Implications of the International Sustainable Development Agenda for Australian Companies
19 July 2000
Speech by Hugh Morgan at the ‘Future Directions for Business and the Environment’ BCA–WBCSD Forum.
World Environment Day 2000
2 June 2000
Opening address by BCA President Campbell Anderson, at a lunch for Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme.
Keep the Finger Off the Greenhouse Trigger: BCA
24 May 2000
The Business Council of Australia today called on the federal government to develop a framework for a mature and productive debate about the establishment of a greenhouse trigger and other greenhouse measures.
Strategic Greenhouse Issues for Australia
5 May 2000
Speech by BCA Executive Director David Buckingham to the 2000 World Business Council for Sustainable Development–Business Council of Australia Forum.
BCA Releases Energy Report
10 April 2000
Mr Philip Weickhardt, Chairman of the Business Council of Australia’s Energy Reform Taskforce, today released a report that highlights some of the underlying weaknesses in Australia’s energy reforms.