Imperial Oil Limited

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Calgary, Canada
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Imperial Oil appears to engage negatively on climate change. The company has limited transparent engagement with specific climate regulations, but actively promotes a sustained role for oil and gas in the energy mix. Imperial Oil is also on the board of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, which engages negatively on climate policy.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Imperial Oil’s public positions on climate policy shows mixed positions. Multiple sources from 2021, including a press release in August, tweet in December, and shareholder meeting in May, revealed that Imperial supports a net-zero by 2050 target for Canada. The company has also stated that it “supports the goals of the Paris Agreement” in a shareholder communication from May 2021, albeit without committing to a specific temperature goal. However, the company’s 2020 Sustainability Report published in March 2021, specified support for a market-based response to climate change over government policy, citing that any government policy should be “technology-neutral”. This position was further reiterated on the company’s corporate website, accessed in January 2022.

Engagement with Climate-related Regulations: Imperial Oil appears to have limited transparent engagement with specific climate-related regulations. Imperial’s filing with the Alberta Lobbyist Registry shows that the company has engaged on Renewable Fuel Standards, however, the company’s position remains unclear. The company has also engaged with the GHG emissions legislation and carbon tax components embedded in the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan, without revealing its position on these policies. However, the outcomes sought in these instances are unclear. Imperial Oil has not responded to the CDP Climate Change Information Request since 2018.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Imperial Oil appears to strongly support a continued role for oil and gas in the energy mix. The company’s filing with the Alberta Lobbyist Registry for the period from June to November 2021 reveal that it has lobbied extensively in favor of the oil and gas industry in Alberta in 2021. For instance, during this period Imperial lobbied the Government of Alberta to designate the oil and gas sector as an “essential service”, alongside additional support for the industry. Further, Imperial also advocated for support for the industry in the Joint Canada-Alberta Oil Sands Monitoring program between June to November 2021. Similar lobbying activities were registered in the Ontario Office of the Integrity Commissioner in September 2021, where the company advocated for various forms of support for the oil and gas industry, including a pipeline replacement project and designating the oil and gas sector as an “essential service”.

Imperial’s most recent Energy and Carbon Summary, accessed in January 2022, supported the need for “significant investment” in oil and gas capacity globally. A 2021 press release that outlined Imperial’s participation in the Oil Sands Pathway to Net-Zero alliance shows that the company supports a continued role for oil in the energy mix.

Industry Association Governance: Imperial Oil has very limited disclosure on its indirect lobbying activities via industry associations. In its 2020 Sustainability Report, published in March 2021, the company disclosed that it collaborates with industry and business associations to engage with governments and climate policies. However, the report only disclosed the company’s membership in associations where annual fees exceeded $25K. This includes membership in influential associations such as the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the Canadian Fuels Association, and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. The disclosure does not provide further details on the role of the company in the associations, nor how it sought to influence the policy stance of the associations. Imperial Oil has not published a review of its alignment with its industry associations on climate change. InfluenceMap’s analysis shows that CAPP has lobbied against ambitious climate change policy while supporting the continued role for oil and gas in the Canadian energy mix.

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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.