Kinder Morgan

InfluenceMap Score
E+
Performance Band
40%
Organisation Score
31%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Houston, United States
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Kinder Morgan appears to engage negatively on climate change. The company has mixed engagement with specific climate-related regulations, although they are very limited. However, Kinder Morgan has advocated for a continued role for fossil fuels in the energy mix and opposes the transition to a clean energy system.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Kinder Morgan appears to have very limited top-line messaging on climate policy. In June 2021, Kinder Morgan published its climate change statement, in which the company recognizes climate change as a “global priority”. However, the company has not explicitly supported the Paris Agreement or the need for economy-wide emissions reductions in line with the IPCC. While the company’s 2019 ESG report stated support for domestic and international efforts to mitigate climate change, it is unclear if this support is for mitigation efforts that are in line with the IPCC’s requirements. In its 2020 ESG Report, published in October 2021, Kinder Morgan appeared to support policies that are “practical and economical”, and those that bring “positive benefits” to the company’s stakeholders and customers.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Kinder Morgan appears to have mixed engagement with specific climate policies, albeit with limited transparent engagement. The company has disclosed in its 2020 ESG Report that it engages with various levels of the US government on climate-related regulations relating to methane emissions and pipelines, with no further details on the policies engaged on or the outcomes sought. Further, the company not responded to CDP Climate Information Requests since 2016.

In October 2020, Kinder Morgan published a white paper on its corporate website titled "The Need for Fossil Fuels", which opposed the Renewable Fuel Standard in the US. The same document also appeared to suggest that government mandates for expanding renewables were not effective. There is some evidence to show that the company supports GHG emissions standards. The companies ESG page on its corporate website from June 2021 stated support for “performance-based federal regulations” for methane emissions.

Positioning on Energy Transition:. Kinder Morgan strongly supports a continued role for fossil fuels in the energy mix. The company’s communications on gas appear to recommend a permanent, rather than a transitional, role for fossil gas in the energy mix. For instance, the company’s corporate website, accessed in January 2022, appeared to emphasize the technical feasibility of transitioning to renewable energy, and declared that fossil gas was “essential”. In its 2020 ESG Report, published in October 2021, the company supported a long-term role for fossil gas on the basis that it provides “cleaner, reliable, and dispatchable” energy to reduce GHG emissions.

Kinder Morgan’s October 2020 white paper "The Need for Fossil Fuels" highlighted the cost of transitioning to renewable energy. The same document also did not appear to support the decarbonization of transport, emphasizing the drawbacks of EV’s in comparison to ICE vehicles, citing that the technologies for the former were “extremely expensive” and lacked infrastructure. The document went on to claim that the “environmental and health impacts” of EVs operated through coal-generated electricity could be as much as “80 percent greater than that driving a gasoline-powered vehicle”.

Industry Association Governance: Kinder Morgan lacks a dedicated disclosure of its industry association links. However, the company has briefly disclosed its memberships to associations where it has dues in excess of $50,000 in its 2020 ESG Report, published in October 2021. However, it does not disclose the positions held by the company in these associations, and it has not published a review of its alignment with its industry associations on climate policy. Kinder Morgan is a member of the American Gas Association, which undertakes negative lobbying on US climate policy.

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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.