SBC membership offers businesses the opportunity to influence key climate-related government decisions, budgets and pieces of legislation, ensuring their voices are heard at the highest level. Alongside the Climate Leaders Coalition, we advocate on behalf of our 160+ collective members to over six different government ministries and agencies, providing a clear, consistent and reputable voice for sustainable business.
Through SBC advocacy, our members have influenced:
- the inclusion of $339m of new funding for agriculture emissions reduction technology and applied R&D
- an increase in the GIDI fund from $65m to $600m for the transition from coal-fired process heat to low-emissions options
- the inclusion of 12 out of 14 member priority recommendations in the final draft of the first Emissions Reduction Plan
“SBC is a professional body providing invaluable aid to business to enable them to interpret, respond and link into government initiatives but also providing clarity and tools to enable business’ next steps on their sustainability journey.” – Member survey, 2022
2023 Election Priorities
Ahead of the October 2023 General Election, we consulted with SBC members and CLC signatories to develop a pre-election briefing paper outlining our collective climate policy priorities. The briefing paper sets out 10 key recommendations for the incoming government to advance a net-zero and climate-resilient future.
The top five recommendations include measures to:
- Maintain and uphold the climate change response architecture;
- Accelerate action on climate adaptation while reducing emissions;
- Accelerate transport decarbonisation in both the light and freight fleets;
- Increase investment in infrastructure for decarbonisation and electrification; and
- Maintain momentum to reduce agriculture emissions.