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Climate Lobbying Overview: Cummins appears to be engaging on climate policy with mixed, but increasingly positive positions. In 2019-22, Cummins appears to have communicated top-line support for a 2050 net-zero target and supported some energy efficiency and greenhouse gas standards. However, the company appears to continue to promote the role of fossil gas in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Cummins has positive top-line corporate messaging on climate change. In February 2022, Forbes reported that Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger advocated for support of the Build Back Better (BBB) Act “despite some unattractive tax elements, because climate is existential”;similarly, the Wall Street Journal reported in November 2021 that Cummins supported the BBB Act, outweighing its opposition for the tax increases in the plan. During that same month, Cummins was a part of a joint C2ES letter that stated strong support for the climate provisions in the BBB Act. In 2021, Cummins showed support for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the economy by 2050. In its 2021 TFCD Report, the company strongly supported carbon pricing, in addition to existing climate regulations, stating that “Any carbon pricing mechanism should maintain sector-specific policies where appropriate” and “It is critical that any carbon pricing mechanism maintain the EPA’s fuel efficiency rules for commercial vehicles.” Support for carbon pricing is reiterated on its website, accessed in February 2022. . Cummins has consistently supported the Paris Agreement, per its commitment to the United For Paris Campaign in 2019 and in its statement of support for the Paris Agreement in its 2021 TFCD report.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Cummins overall has positive engagement with climate policy, particularly in recent years. In January 2022, Cummins was a part of a joint amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court that advocated for the EPA’s right to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Cummins has disclosed several broad climate policy positions in its 2021TFCD Report. In an October 2021 press release, Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger showed support for considering an economy-wide carbon tax provision in the Build Back Better Plan. Cummins directly advocated for national-level emissions targets for product-specific applications at a U.S. congressional hearing in 2019. In the same year, the company opposed relaxing CO2 standards for engines for a specific type of truck in direct comments to the EPA. The company stated in its 2020 Sustainability Progress Report that it supports greenhouse gas emissions engine standards in the US in 2020.

Positioning on Energy Transition: In its 2021 TFCD Report, Cummins stated support for the decarbonization of transportation and the electricity grid. Cummins has strongly supported the Build Back Better Act and CEO Tom Linebarger outlined support for clean transportation provisions, including clean vehicle and infrastructure tax credits in an October 2021 press release. However, Cummins stated support for an increased role for natural gas in a May 2019 corporate news release. In December 2021, a joint letter that included Cummins advocated against stringent criteria in the EU’s Delegated Act on Renewable Fuels from Non-biological Origin and advocated for more flexibility in the EU Renewable Energy Directive. Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger stated support for hydrogen as a component of the low-carbon economy in a 2020 Earnings Call, but was unclear if this position was IPCC aligned as he did not comment on decarbonising hydrogen production. Similarly, the company showed support for hydrogen through its Twitter in 2020 without clarifying its role or commenting on decarbonization. In June 2022 Cummins signed a joint letter supporting a 6% 2030 EU e-fuels target for shipping, alongside targets for sustainable e-fuel hydrogen refueling infrastructure for shipping as part of the EU's Alternative Fuel Infrastructures Regulation.

Industry Association Governance: Cummins is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce, which has a history of opposing climate policy. In addition, a Cummins senior executive serves on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers, which has highly negative engagement with climate policy. Cummins is also a member of the Business Roundtable, which demonstrates mixed engagement with climate policy. All three of these trade associations opposed the Build Back Better Act. Cummins publicly discloses a list of its memberships to industry associations on its website, and provides more detailed information on its alignment and influence within the associations in its 2021 CDP Disclosure. Cummins has not published an audit review of its alignment with industry associations on climate change.

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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.