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Paris, France
Brands and Associated Companies:
France Telecom, Orange Horizons, EE
Official Web Site:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Orange appears to have positively engaged on a number of EU climate and energy regulations. This engagement however does appear to be somewhat limited. Linked to this, Orange does not publicly disclose on its website or in its CDP the policies it has or is engaging with.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Orange appears to be strongly supportive of the science on climate change. On its corporate website, checked in 2021, it clearly references the science of the IPCC. Moreover, Orange is a technical partner to the Altitude Ecosystem Research Centre, who studies the impacts of climate change on high altitude ecosystems. In its 2020 Annual Report, Orange appeared to support limiting global warming to 1.5C. Additionally, according to Orange's 2020 Environmental Policy, the company has contributed to a sectorial methodology to position the contribution of ICT to the IPCC 1.5 degree objective. In the same document, Orange states it supports the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Orange has engaged with a few EU policies. One of these is the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism. Orange supports the CBAM, however, its position on the continued use of free allowances is unclear.

In its response to the EU 2030 Climate Target Plan in June 2020, Orange supported strengthening the 2030 GHG emissions targets from 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 to at least 50%, and supported increasing renewable energy targets from 32% by 2030 to at least 40%. While both these engagements are positive and reflect a desire to strengthen the policies, the two options selected by Orange were less ambitious than the targets proposed by the EU Parliament.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Orange appears to support decarbonizing the economy - in its 2020 Environmental Policy document, Orange states that 'Telecoms can also act to promote transition to a carbon-free economy...'. In 2019, Orange supported the EU's Sustainable Batteries proposal and in 2020, Orange stated that fossil gas should be increasingly replaced by carbon-neutral alternatives at the latest after 2030. This position appears to be in line with the recommendation of the IPCC.

Industry Association Governance: Orange does not publicly disclose a list of its memberships to industry associations. A partial list of associations, however, can be found in its 2020 CDP response (Orange did not respond in 2021). Orange did not disclose that it is still a member of France Industrie, which is a member of MEDEF, an industry association which lobbies with mainly negative positions on climate regulation. Of those industry associations disclosed in the 2020 CDP response, most are telecommunication association and Orange states its position is consistent with all of them.

Strength of Relationship

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.