Enbridge

InfluenceMap Score
D
Performance Band
50%
Organisation Score
46%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Calgary, Canada
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Enbridge’s engagement with climate-specific policy shows mixed positions, although the company appears to remain actively engaged with both local and regional energy policies in North America to promote fossil fuels in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Enbridge’s top-line communications on climate change demonstrate a mixture of positive and negative positions. In its 2021 Sustainability Report, published in June 2022, Enbridge recognized the need for “strong action” on climate change, however, the company has not specified whether this is in line with IPCC-specified timelines for GHG reduction for a net-zero future. The company often situates climate action as one part of a ‘dual challenge’, the other being a growing global demand for energy. For instance, in its 2020 Sustainability Report, published in 2021, the company supported solutions that meet this demand while reducing GHG emissions. Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow in October 2021, an opinion piece in The Globe and the Mail co-authored by Enbridge Vice President Bill Yardley offered broad support for the Canadian government’s involvement in the completion of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, without any reference to overall climate ambition.

Enbridge has a mixed position on the need for climate regulation. In its 2021 ESG Datasheet, published in June 2022, the company supported market-based carbon pricing and climate policies that focus on enabling “innovation”. Further, the company’s responses to 2021 CDP Climate Change Information Request supported the Canadian federal government’s efforts to address climate change, while insisting that policies for emissions reduction should be “cost-effective”.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Enbridge appears to show relatively limited engagement with specific climate-related regulations and does not appear to disclose this information in its primary channels. While the company’s 2021 CDP disclosure lists support for a carbon tax in Canada, it appears to emphasize that any carbon pricing program should be “economically efficient” and “cost-effective”. Enbridge’s CDP 2021 responses reveal mixed support for Canadian Clean Fuel Standard and energy efficiency measures.

There is evidence of Enbridge’s direct engagement with policymakers in Canada, as revealed through the lobbyist registries. Enbridge’s registration in Canada’s federal registry in May 2022 revealed that the company is engaged on the Output-Based Pricing System and the federal carbon charge. Enbridge also reported engagement with the Clean Fuel Standard and methane regulations in this lobbying report. In Alberta, Enbridge has disclosed in August 2022 that it is engaged on policies related to renewable energy development. However, Enbridge has not disclosed its position on any of these policies.

Positioning on Energy Transition: While Enbridge has stated support for energy transition, it also calls for an increasing role for fossil gas and an ongoing role for oil. For instance, In 2021, Enbridge's corporate website stated the company's support for policy advocacy to decarbonize North America’s electricity grids and in driving overall energy transition. On the contrary, many pieces of evidence highlight Enbridge’s advocacy in favor of fossil gas in Canada. In June 2022, Enbridge’s 2021 ESG Datasheet supported “continued investment” in crude oil and fossil gas.

Evidence of Enbridge’s lobbying in 2022 show that the company consulted with the governments of Alberta and Manitoba and appeared to support the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. In Quebec, the company lobbied several government departments to influence the US government to allow the construction of the Line 5 Pipeline replacement in February 2022. In the US, in March 2022, Enbridge, along with three other midstream companies, sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission advocating for a quick approval process for fossil gas pipelines citing the Russia-Ukraine crisis and its impact on global energy supply. The letter also urged the Commission to “immediately certificate” the pending fossil gas infrastructure projects. Earlier, in November 2021, Enbridge also supported the inclusion of oil pipelines in the US government’s Build Back Better agenda. Further, a 2021 Guardian investigation had revealed that Enbridge paid the Minnesota police to arrest protestors protesting the Line 3 pipeline, highlighting the company's opposition to phasing out fossil fuels from the energy mix.

Enbridge’s support for measures related to decarbonization appears to be contingent on the continued role for fossil gas. Enbridge’s comments to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in April 2022 regarding the Hydrogen Strategy, advocated for hydrogen produced with fossil gas. Further, in July 2021, feedback by Enbridge Gas on Ontario’s Emissions Performance Standards Program advocated for hydrogen and renewable natural gas (RNG) blending with fossil gas for decarbonizing industrial facilities.

Regarding carbon capture, storage and utilization (CCUS), Enbridge’s comments to the US Council on Environmental Quality’s CCUS Guidance, supported the deployment of CCUS with oil and gas and steel and cement manufacturing. However, it is unclear from the evidence whether this is in line with IPCC-specified role for oil and gas up to 2050. Enbridge appears to be supportive of increasing RNG in the energy mix. There is also evidence of advocacy in favor of RNG investment in Quebec from February 2022.

Industry Association Governance: Enbridge discloses a list of trade associations it holds a membership with on its corporate website, along with a separate document, published in June 2021, containing a detailed review of its climate positions and areas of alignment. In this review, Enbridge has disclosed the positions held by the company in each of these associations, however, it does not give further details on the associations’ climate policy positions or Enbridge’s engagement through them. Enbridge is a member of the American Petroleum Institute and American Gas Association which opposes multiple strands of climate change policy. The company also holds membership in the American Clean Power Association which supports ambitious climate policy.

A detailed assessment of the company's corporate review on climate policy engagement can be found on InfluenceMap's CA100+ Investor Hub here.

InfluenceMap collects and assesses evidence of corporate climate policy engagement on a weekly basis, depending on the availability of information from each specific data source (for more information, see our methodology). While this analysis flows through to the company’s scores each week, the summary above is updated periodically. This summary was last updated in Q3 2022.

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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.