PACCAR

InfluenceMap Score
D+
Performance Band
53%
Organisation Score
43%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Automobiles
Head​quarters:
Washington, United States
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: PACCAR appears to have mixed to negative engagement on climate policy globally. The company’s top-line messaging on climate policy remains limited, with no evidence of support for the Paris Agreement. In 2021-22 a PACCAR subsidiary appears to have opposed the adoption of California’s Advanced Clean Trucks regulation for heavy-duty vehicles in multiple states, while its subsidiary DAF Trucks supported a UK 2040 ICE vehicle ban for heavy-goods vehicles with exceptions.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: PACCAR has very limited top-line communications on climate change. In a December 2020 joint statement, DAF Trucks, PACCAR’s European subsidiary, expressed support for net-zero GHG emissions reductions in the commercial vehicle industry by 2050. In the same statement, the company appeared to support a wide range of policies to respond to climate change with clear reference to the need for increased ambition, including advocating for a higher price on carbon to drive the deployment of zero-emission trucks. PACCAR does not appear to explicitly support the Paris Agreement.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: PACCAR has limited engagement with climate-related regulations globally. In the US, in a May 2022 consultation response, the company appered to oppose a proposal in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Clean Trucks Plan” that would tighten “Phase 2” GHG emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles for 2027 and beyond for certain vehicle categories.

DAF Trucks, PACCAR’s European subsidiary, appears broadly supportive of market-based policies. For example, DAF Trucks appears to support government policy or intervention to extend carbon trading to freight transport, according to a September 2021 UK consultation response found via FOI request. Additionally, DAF Trucks CEO, Harry Wolters, signed a joint statement in December 2020 advocating for the inclusion of road transport in the EU Emission Trading System (ETS). The joint statement also advocated for policymakers to support a carbon tax, stating that this should be “urgently considered by policymakers” and may be “the single most effective policy to achieve the transition towards a safe and clean climate future”.

Positioning on Energy Transition: PACCAR appears to have mixed positioning on the decarbonization of road transportation. In the US, PACCAR has opposed the adoption of California’s Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) rule, which requires manufacturers to sell increasing percentages of zero-emission trucks, in numerous states. Kenworth, a subsidiary of PACCAR, appeared to directly oppose the ACT rule in New York in a November 2021 letter found via FOIA request. The company also appeared to oppose the rule in Colorado in an April 2022 consultation response, and New York in a November 2021 consultation response and oral testimony, all submitted by the Partners for a Zero-emission Vehicle Future (PZEVF) coalition (of which PACCAR is a member) and found via FOIA request. It also appeared to oppose the rule in New Jersey in a July 2021 letter signed by the PZEVF coalition, found via FOIA request. In a May 2022 joint letter to the EPA, PACCAR further appeared unsupportive of the decarbonization of heavy-duty vehicles in the US, emphasizing concerns around cost and a lack of charging and refueling infrastructure.

In a September 2021 UK consultation response obtained via FOI request, DAF Trucks, PACCAR’s European subsidiary, expressed support for a UK ban on internal combustion engines in heavy-goods vehicles (HGVs) by 2040 or earlier, with exceptions. The company opposed the highest ambition option, which would involve a split in the phase-out dates of HGVs into two weight categories, instead supporting a less ambitious single final end date for the sale of fossil fuelled vehicles in 2040. In the same consultation response, DAF Trucks called for government support in the transition to zero-emission HGVs, including financial incentives and infrastructure investment. DAF Trucks also appeared to advocate for the decarbonization of heavy-duty road transportation in a joint 2020 letter, calling for a paradigm shift that moves away from fossil fuels as the main energy carrier as quickly as possible.

Industry Association Governance: PACCAR has not disclosed its membership to industry associations on its corporate website, neither has it published a review of its alignment with its industry associations. In its 2021 CDP response, it lists the European Automotive Manufacturers Association (ACEA), which has mixed engagement on climate change policy. The President of DAF Trucks, a subsidiary of PACCAR, is on ACEA’s Board of Directors. In the US, PACCAR’s President, Harrie Schippers, is an executive committee member of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). PACCAR is also a member of the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA), which has negative engagement with climate policy in the US.

InfluenceMap collects and assesses evidence of corporate climate policy engagement on a weekly basis, depending on the availability of information from each specific data source (for more information see our methodology). While this analysis flows through to the company’s scores each week, the summary above is updated periodically. This summary was last updated in Q4 2022.

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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.