OMV

InfluenceMap Score
D
Performance Band
41%
Organisation Score
51%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Vienna, Austria
Brands and Associated Companies:
Borealis
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: OMV appears to have broadly negative engagement with climate policy. The group has emphasized the risk of energy insecurity and poverty with climate action, while it has also consistently advocated in support of a long-term role for gas in the energy mix. In the EU, evidence suggests OMV has been unsupportive of ambitious EU GHG emissions targets, and emphasized competitiveness concerns to support a weakened EU ETS that incorporates carbon leakage protection as the EU’s primary climate mechanism.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: OMV’s top-line messaging on climate policy appears to be mixed. In its 2020 sustainability report, published in April 2021, OMV has stated support for the Paris Climate Agreement while in its 2021 industry association review, it stated that it ‘fully supports the goals set forth by the Paris Climate Change Agreement’. However, In the previous year's sustainability report, OMV emphasized the need to balance climate efforts against economic concerns. In 2020 consultation responses to New Zealand climate legislation, OMV stressed concerns around energy-poverty in responding to climate change and stated that it is important climate policies “do not heighten energy insecurity, deliver unacceptably expensive energy prices or unintentionally increase emissions” while also stated support for a market-based response to climate change. Furthermore, in a 2018 consultation response to a long-term EU GHG emissions target, OMV appears to prioritize cost concerns over the IPCC-demanded response.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: OMV in 2018-20 appears unsupportive of ambitious climate-related regulations in the EU and New Zealand. OMV’s disclosed position on the EU’s 2030 climate targets in its 2020 CDP response emphasizes competitiveness concerns, advocating that a “linkage between economic target and GHG reduction target should be established in order to restore the competitiveness of the European industry”. Instead, in 2021 OMV disclosed to CDP that it supports the EU Emissions Trade System (EU ETS) “as the centre piece of Europe’s efforts to mitigate GHG”, while emphasizing the policy must include carbon leakage protections.

In New Zealand, in a 2020 consultation response OMV advocated for the New Zealand Emissions Trading System (NZ ETS) to reduce its initial transitionary price from $35 to $25 per tonne, increase its Cost Containment Reserve protection against “unacceptably high prices”, and include a lower price floor.

Positioning on Energy Transition: OMV appears to constantly lobby for fossil fuels to be included in the future energy mix. In its 2020 sustainability report, published in 2021, it appeared to support the long-term role of fossil gas, citing its reduced carbon intensity when compared to other fossil fuels. In October 2021 OMV CEO Alfred Stern stated in a tweet that natural gas would be required to back-up renewables in the future energy mix while also arguing that “gas is actually a key pillar of the energy transition”, further supporting a long-term role for gas in 2020 communications.

In a 2020 New Zealand consultation response, OMV advocated in favor of the long-term role of gas, and baseload thermal generation, in New Zealand’s energy mix. In the EU, the company appeared to support the Gas Decarbonization Package in its March 2021 response to the EU's roadmap, however it also appeared to support the inclusion of hydrogen produced from fossil gas and gas infrastructure. In August 2021, the OMV submitted a consultation response to the same policy, where it appeared to advocate for 'low carbon' gases to be included in the package, as well as regulations to be 'technological neutral', as to not favour particular fuels over others while stating the importance of natural gas in the energy transition. Concerning transport in the EU, OMV has emphasized the role for gas use in heavy transport in its 2019 social media messaging and has disclosed via CDP in 2021 that it also supports policy to encourage the use of natural gas for heavy transport alongside renewable fuels and hydrogen.

Industry Association Governance: In 2021 OMV published a review of 16 of its industry association memberships on its website, disclosing OMV’s roles within, and engagement with, each association alongside their positioning. Within this review, OMV stated it is “fully aligned” with all 13 associations regarding their climate-related engagement. OMV is a member of FuelsEurope and BusinessEurope, both of whom are actively and negatively lobbying EU climate legislation. OMV is also a member of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, who are lobbying EU climate policy with mixed, but mostly negative engagement. The review however did not include Gas Infrastructure Europe, despite a subsidiary to OMV being listed as members on the website.

A detailed assessment of the company's industry association review can be found on our CA100+ webpage 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.