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Climate Lobbying Overview: Rolls-Royce appears to have mixed to positive engagement with climate-related regulation and policy related to the energy mix in 2020-22. Rolls-Royce appears to have increasingly positive top-line messaging on climate change and has advocated for an EU sustainable aviation fuels mandate. Rolls-Royce appears to have limited disclosure on other forms of climate-related regulations.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Rolls-Royce has positive top-line communications on climate policy in 2020-22. Rolls-Royce signed a joint ‘We Mean Business’ Coalition letter in September 2021 urging states to adopt NDCs to achieve net-zero emissions “no later than 2050” to meet the 1.5C goal of the Paris Agreement, which Rolls-Royce further states support for in its July 2021 ‘Net Zero’ report. A September 2021 UK consultation response from the company also advocated for a net-zero carbon UK aviation sector by 2050, and a June 2021 Op-Ed by Rolls-Royce CEO, Warren East stated support for net-zero emissions by 2050. Rolls-Royce’s ‘Net Zero’ report, released in July 2021, also stated support for a 1.5°C global warming target and appeared to promote government regulation on climate change. A July 2022 Rolls-Royce Twitter post further stated support for a net-zero 2050 aspirational goal for international aviation to be agreed at ICAO.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Rolls-Royce appears to be actively lobbying in support of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) mandates, while having limited disclosure regarding its positioning on other key climate-related regulations. In a November 2021 EU consultation response, Rolls-Royce urged the EU to support higher targets for its SAF mandate, including an increased general target of 10% for 2030, and a higher 2.5% e-fuels target for 2030. An April 2020 EU consultation submission by Rolls-Royce also stated support for an EU blending mandate for sustainable aviation fuels. A UK consultation response from September 2021 further appeared supportive of a potential UK sustainable aviation fuels mandate.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Rolls-Royce appears to have mixed engagement on policies around the energy transition. Rolls-Royce 2021 Annual Report, released in 2022, appeared generally supportive of the electrification of aviation. In its July 2021 ‘Net Zero’ report, Rolls-Royce states support for an increased use of green hydrogen in air transport, and the electrification of shipping, aviation, and rail, as well as the long-term contribution from nuclear energy to support a shift towards renewables in reaching net-zero in the UK. An article from The Guardian in April 2022 further suggests that Rolls-Royce actively advocated for the UK government to support small nuclear reactors in the future energy mix, with a Telegraph report from November 2022 noting that Rolls-Royce was promoting small nuclear reactors in Wales. In oral evidence provided to the UK House of Commons in October 2021, a Rolls-Royce senior executive advocated for increased green/zero emissions hydrogen use in air transport, while also appearing unsupportive of demand management policies for aviation. Rolls-Royce also signed a joint We Mean Business Coalition letter in September 2021 supporting a phase-out of coal-fired power by 2030 in advanced economies and 2040 for other economies and the removal of global fossil fuel subsidies by 2025.

Rolls-Royce also signed a joint letter advocating for policy to increase the global production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in October 2021. In another 2020 joint letter Rolls-Royce similarly urged ICAO to find broad agreement on policies and tools to encourage the use of SAFs. In 2021-22 Rolls-Royce has supported the increased use of SAFs in aviation, including by signing the Global SAF Declaration in February 2022, but it is unclear when this is aligned with IPCC guidelines, scales or timeframes to decarbonize aviation.

Industry Association Governance: Rolls-Royce discloses a limited number of its industry association memberships on its website, without providing further detail regarding its engagement with, or the positions of, such organizations. Rolls-Royce has not published a review of its alignment with its industry associations. Rolls-Royce is a member of the Energy and Climate Change Board at the Confederation of British Industry, which has broadly positive engagement with UK climate policy, and the European Roundtable of Industrialists, which has lobbied EU climate policy with mixed, yet increasingly positive engagement.

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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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.