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Climate Lobbying Overview: Cummins appears to be engaging on climate policy with mixed, but increasingly positive positions. In 2019-21, 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 natural gas in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: In 2021, Cummins showed support for a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across the economy by 2050. On its 2022 corporate website, Cummins stated support for carbon pricing. However, in the 2021 TFCD Report, the company was mixed in support for carbon pricing, 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.” The company has stated broad support for government regulation on climate change on its corporate website in 2018. In 2019 Cummins qualified that support of governmental regulation on the condition that policy that would not be “one-size-fits-all” or affect competitiveness. In its 2021 TFCD report, the company also stated support for the Paris Agreement. Cummins has communicated strong support for the Paris Agreement in 2019 through its commitment to the United For Paris Campaign.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Cummins has disclosed several broad climate policy positions in its 2021 Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TFCD) Report. In an October 2021 new release, Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger showed support for the carbon tax provision in the Build Back Better Plan. In 2018, Wayne Eckerle, Cummins’ head of research, appeared to be unsupportive of a 50% reduction of carbon emissions in Europe. Cummins directly advocated for national-level emissions targets for product-specific applications at a congressional hearing in 2019. In the same year, the company opposed relaxing CO2 standards for engines for a specific type of truck. The company stated support for 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. In October of 2021, Cummins stated support for the climate provisions in the Build Back Better Plan in a news release. Earlier that month in another news release, Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger simultaneously stated support for the Build Back Better climate provisions while also opposing the tax increases to pay for them. Cummins has stated support for an increased role for natural gas on its corporate website in 2019. Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger stated support for hydrogen as a component of the low-carbon economy in a 2020 Earnings Call, but was unclear in 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 2018 and in 2020 without clarifying its role or commenting on decarbonisation.

Industry Association Governance: Cummins is a member of the Business Roundtable and the US Chamber of Commerce, two industry associations that have histories of largely negative engagement on climate policy. In addition, a Cummins senior executive serves on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers. While Cummins publicly discloses a list of its memberships to industry associations on its website, it provides more detailed information on its alignment on climate policy and its 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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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.