Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)

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Climate Lobbying Overview: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) appears to have limited engagement with climate change policy. While the company has expressed broad support for climate change mitigation globally, it continues to promote fossil gas as an essential part of India’s energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: ONGC appears to have had limited top-line communications on climate change in 2020-21. In its 2018-19 Sustainability Report, published in March 2020, ONGC expressed its support for the Paris Agreement. ONGC also stated that it is “committed” to meeting India’s NDC submission to the UNFCCC in the company’s 2017-18 Sustainability Report released in August 2019. However, the company has not explicitly supported GHG emissions reductions in line with IPCC demanded pathways.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: ONGC has not transparently disclosed details of its engagement with climate change regulations on its corporate website. Further, the company did not respond to the 2020 CDP Climate Change Information Request. There is some evidence to suggest that ONGC supports GHG emissions reduction targets, as highlighted in the company’s Facebook post in July 2019 that appeared to support India’s target to reduce CO2 emissions by ⅓ by 2030. The post suggested that the increased deployment of CCUS in enhanced oil recovery would help to meet the target.

Positioning on Energy Transition: ONGC appears broadly unsupportive of the transition to a clean energy mix and promotes fossil gas as an integral part of India’s energy system. In its 2019-20 Annual Report, published in September 2020, ONGC supported policies to develop the upstream hydrocarbon sector in India. ONGC’s public communications promote the adoption of fossil gas, often by labelling it as a ‘cleaner fuel’. For instance, in February 2021, a company tweet endorsed fossil gas for its “cleaner” nature and “use efficiency”. In June 2021, an ONGC tweet supported the increase of fossil gas from 6% to 15% by 2030. However, in an earlier tweet from March 2021, ONGC had recommended “mindful” use of fossil gas and called for progressive migration to renewable energy sources. In its 2018-19 Sustainability Report, published in March 2020, ONGC stated support for the electrification of transport in India, declaring that electric vehicles were the “need of the hour”.

Industry Association Governance: ONGC has not disclosed details of its memberships to, or engagement with, industry associations on its corporate website. ONGC does not appear to have memberships to any industry associations in InfluenceMap's database.

Additional Note: ONGC is headquartered in India, where InfluenceMap’s LobbyMap platform can currently only make a provisional assessment of corporate climate policy engagement, due to limited capability to access publicly available data on this issue. As it is possible that InfluenceMap is not yet able to fully capture evidence of ONGC's climate policy engagement activities, these scores should be considered provisional at this time.

In addition, ONGC is a listed company with more than 50% of its shares owned by the government of India. State-owned enterprises likely retain channels of direct and private engagement with government officials that InfluenceMap is unable to assess, and therefore are not represented in ONGC's engagement intensity metric.

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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.