Enbridge

InfluenceMap Score
D
Performance Band
48%
Organisation Score
51%
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 to promote fossil fuels in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Enbridge’s top-line communications on climate change demonstrate mixed positions, as the company often situates climate action as one part of a ‘dual challenge’, the other being a growing global demand for energy. In its 2020 Sustainability Report, published in 2021, the company supported solutions that meet this demand while reducing GHG emissions. Further, the company’s responses to CDP Climate Change Information Request supported Canadian federal government’s efforts to address climate change, however insisted that policies for emissions reduction should be “cost-effective”.

Enbridge’s support for the Paris Agreement also appears mixed. 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. Further, in its 2019 sustainability report, published in 2020, Enbridge stated that it supported the Paris Agreement, but it does not appear to commit to supporting a specific temperature goal in line with the IPCC guidelines.

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”. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Enbridge participated in a sign-on letter with the Business Council of Alberta, suggesting a freeze on the Canadian Federal Carbon Tax. Enbridge’s CDP 2021 responses reveal mixed support for Canadian Clean Fuel Standard and energy efficiency measures.

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 2021, multiple communications from the corporate website supported fossil gas to counter the “intermittency” of renewable energy sources. In February 2019, as reported in Financial Post, Enbridge President and CEO Al Monaco discussed the need for instituting clear climate policy at the “higher level” rather than individual project level in Canada. Emphasizing growing controversy around pipeline construction and the oil and gas industry in general, his statements as reported in Global News in December 2019 suggest support for policy that would reinvigorate oil and gas production in Canada, including exploitation of the Albertan tar sands.

Evidence of Enbridge lobbying in 2021 also shows consultations with the Alberta Ministry of Energy, among other Alberta offices, with a focus on increasing the “construction and expansion” of pipelines. In November 2021, Enbridge also supported the inclusion of oil pipelines in the US government’s Build Back Better Act. Further, a 2021 Guardian investigation had revealed that Enbridge paid the Minnesota police to arrest protestors protesting the controversial Line 3 pipeline, highlighting the company's opposition to phasing out fossil fuels from the energy mix.

In addition, the company sponsors a news site on its corporate website called Energy Matters. Both Energy Matters and Enbridge’s 2019 corporate Twitter emphasize the threat of energy poverty in responding to climate change in order to promote fossil fuels.

Industry Association Governance: Enbridge discloses a list of trade associations it holds a membership with on its corporate website, along with a separate document containing a detailed review of its climate positions and areas of alignment. 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 industry association review can be found on our CA100+ platform here.

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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.