Acciona

InfluenceMap Score
B+
Performance Band
80%
Organisation Score
75%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Industrials
Head​quarters:
Alcobendas, Spain
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview Acciona’s top-line messaging endorses ambitious climate change action at a global level. The company has engaged in positive lobbying within Europe, where it has advocated for transition to renewable energy.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Acciona's top-line messaging appears to be supportive of climate policy. In its corporate website, accessed in January 2023, Acciona has stated support for the Paris Agreement and considers climate change as the “main challenge” for the planet’s future. Acciona appears to advocate for ambitious emission reduction; for instance, the company stated the need for increased ambition in EU’s climate goals in its 2021 CDP Climate Change response. In May 2022, Acciona sent a joint letter to EU President, advocating for a more ambitious Fit for 55 Package.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Acciona appears to be positively engaged with climate-related regulations. The company’s comments to the EU in November 2021 supported reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System to strengthen the program by advocating for fewer free allowances. In 2020, Acciona supported the Spanish government’s proposals for the Climate Change Energy Law that focused on emissions reductions, removal of fossil fuel subsidies, adoption of renewable energy, and implementing energy efficiency across the Spanish economy.

Acciona endorses policies to enable renewable development. For instance, in 2022, Acciona sent a joint letter to US policymakers advocating for a climate change policy package that includes clean energy provisions. In November 2021, Acciona also supported the revision of the EU Renewable Energy Directive consultation; however, the company also advocated for existing bioenergy plants to be exempted from the directive’s proposed stricter bioenergy sustainability criteria.

Acciona has demonstrated an active interest in advocating for GHG emissions reduction targets to achieve climate neutrality in Europe. A 2020 open letter to the EU leaders advocated support for the EU’s increased GHG emissions reduction target of 55% by 2030. Engaging with policies at a global level, Acciona supported policies for phasing out fossil fuels through the International Renewable Energy Agency Coalition for Action in 2020. In 2021, Acciona supported government policies to establish “market-based meaningful and broadly accepted” carbon pricing mechanisms for “a connected carbon market.”

Positioning on Energy Transition Acciona website, when accessed in January 2023 stated that clean energy development is “very vital for combating climate change” and supported the widespread adoption of renewable energy to combat climate change. The company’s comments to EU Commission in April 2022 advocated for expedited approval process for renewable energy infrastructure permitting in the EU. In March 2021, Acciona advocated to the EU commission by offering its “strongest support” for the EU Taxonomy while also advocating for the uptake of green hydrogen for decarbonization and a “green recovery” of the European economy. Acciona also lobbied in favor of the EU Energy Taxation Directive revision in November 2021, supporting linking taxation to the energy content and environmental performance of energy products. In its 2021 CDP Response, Acciona disclosed that it had advocated at the EU level for measures to encourage electrification and support the development of renewable hydrogen.

Industry Association Governance: Acciona has publicly disclosed its membership to industry associations in their website. However, the company has not stated if it is aligned with the industry associations’ climate change policy positions, and has not disclosed details of their activities or policies they engage with through them. However, the company holds memberships in industry associations that traditionally undertake positive lobbying for the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, such as Clean Energy Council (Australia), WindEurope, and Solar Energy Industries Association.

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.