Energy and Minerals Business Council
The Energy and Minerals Business Council is a global business forum of mining and energy corporations formed in 2006 with an inaugural meeting at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne Hotel, in Melbourne, Australia on 18 November and 19 November 2006. The meeting was held to coincide with the 2006 G20 summit.
Membership is composed of the world's most powerful mining and oil companies including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto Group, Brazilian iron ore miner Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), Woodside Petroleum, Saudi Aramco the state-owned national oil company of Saudi Arabia, Anglo American PLC, PetroCanada and the BG Group.
In a first for a G20 meeting, an elite group of business leaders from the Energy and Minerals Business Council "was able to address G20 Finance Ministers and Reserve Bank Governors at dinner on Saturday evening and at a working lunch".
In a statement released on 18 November 2006 the Energy and Minerals Business Council said:
- "The aim for the natural resources industry is to provide sufficient resources at a reasonable price and in a sustainable way to ensure social and economic development."
Resource industry leaders said there had been a lack of investment in capacity in the industry, with a decline in levels of both skills and research and development, and that growth in Asian demand had not been anticipated. "The industry has been responding to these changes and is making massive investments, but the lead times are typically up to 10 years," according to the statement reported in The Australian. The statement also argued for policy reforms to build extraction capacity, encourage market solutions, and promote accountability.
- Energy chiefs sneak into G20 David Uren and Natasha Robinson, The Australian, 16 November 2006. Accessed 17 September 2007
- G20 is an idea that stacks up Malcolm Maiden, The Age, 18 November 2006. Accessed 17 September 2007
- G20 2006 Australia communique. Quote taken from G20 Meeting invites Business, Excludes Civil Society Archived 7 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Melbourne Indymedia 21 November 2006. Accessed 17 September 2007 Archived 7 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- Statement of Energy and Minerals Business Council International Council on Mining and Metals website 18 November 2006. Accessed 17 September 2007
- Mineral demand to prop up price David Uren, The Australian, 20 November 2006. Accessed 17 September 2007
- Energy Policy in the Global Economy IMF website, Speech by Rodrigo de Rato, 18 November 2006. Accessed 17 September 2007
- Australian Treasurer Press Conference, G-20 Media Centre, Friday, 17 November 2006. Accessed 17 September 2007