Phillips 66

InfluenceMap Score
E-
Performance Band
23%
Organisation Score
33%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Houston, United States
Official Web Site:
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Phillips 66 appears to be largely opposed to progressive climate change policy, albeit with limited engagement on specific policy measures from 2019-22. Despite some top-line support for ambitious action to curb GHG emissions, the company has not commented on the need to limit temperature rise below a certain threshold. Phillips 66 does not appear to support the transition of the energy mix in line with IPCC advice, holding the view that fossil fuels will make up the majority of the energy mix for at least the next three decades.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Phillips 66 appears to have relatively limited top-line messaging on climate policy. While some evidence from 2019 and 2020 suggests support for GHG emission targets in regions where it operates, such as the United Kingdom and California, it does not appear to have a clear position on the need for net zero by 2050 or limiting temperature increase to 1.5C. The company emphasized energy affordability when discussing the need for climate action in its 2021 Sustainability Report, suggesting it does not fully support climate regulation. In the company’s 2021 Sustainability Report, Phillips 66 stated qualified support for climate policy that was market-based as well as fuels and technology neutral. Although Phillips 66 appears to accept the need for policy in general to respond to climate change in its 2020 Sustainability Report, it has stressed that regulations must also "address economic concerns" and apply nationally, rather than at the state level. CEO Greg Garland stated support for the Paris Agreement ambitions on Twitter in September 2021.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Phillips 66 shows relatively limited engagement with specific climate change policies as well as limited transparency in its climate change policy positions. In July 2020, CEO Greg Garland stated that Phillips 66 did not currently have an official position on any future carbon tax but could potentially support one if certain broad conditions were met. However, in 2018, Phillips 66 made political contributions totaling over $7 million to the 'No on 1631 campaign' which opposed the introduction of a carbon tax in Washington State. In December 2018, Phillips 66 was linked to an advertising campaign encouraging people to support the rollback of federal fuel economy standards. Phillips 66 appears to have opposed the renewable fuel standard: in August 2019, it made a submission to the EPA stating "2020 proposed volumes remain too high and should be further reduced." Previously, in August 2018, Phillips 66 objected to proposed biofuel volumes for 2019 on similar grounds.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Phillips 66 does not appear to support the energy transition away from fossil fuels in line with IPCC recommendations. While the company’s position on the energy mix and the use of biofuels was unclear in its recent 2021 Sustainability Report, Phillips 66 emphasized the continued use of fossil fuels in its 2020 Sustainability Report. The company also stated on Twitter in 2020 that “Even in the most successful energy transition, the world will still need a lot of petroleum products to power the globe. And we will deliver that fuel.” Further to this, CEO Greg Garland stated in January 2020, that for “two and three decades we still see that fossil fuels are going to be a majority part of the energy mix.” In April 2021, the company supported Texas House Bill 1501, which would prevent local jurisdictions from restricting the use of natural gas in new construction. Similarly, Phillips 66 advocated for the continued use of diesel trucks beyond 2040 in direct comments to the California Air Resources Board in October 2021. Phillips 66 also opposed a ban on ICE vehicles in California from October 2020. In May 2019, Phillips 66 also expressed support for proposed legislation that would criminalize protests against fossil fuel infrastructure projects.

Industry Association Governance: Phillips 66 has not provided a dedicated disclosure of its membership to industry associations, beyond a list of groups to which it has given funding above a certain threshold. It therefore has not disclosed any information on the extent to which it is aligned with these groups on climate change policy or how it is engaging with them. Senior executives of Phillips 66 are board members of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers while Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland is on the board and executive committee of the American Petroleum Institute. A senior executive also sits on the board of directors of the US Chamber of Commerce. These trade associations appear to be actively opposing numerous strands of climate change policy in the U.S., including in the Build Back Better Act.

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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.