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Climate Lobbying Overview: SSE appears to be actively and positively lobbying on climate change, including in its top-line statements, advocacy on specific climate policy and debate around the energy transition. The company is supportive of UK and EU net zero targets, and seems to be supportive of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: SSE demonstrates positive top-line messaging on climate policy. SSE is supportive of the Paris Agreement, stating in its 2020 Sustainability Report that it will “support the formation of policy in support of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change”. In 2020, it stated support for drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to avoid “global warming increases in excess of 1.5 °C”. This was reiterated in 2020, when in a Corporate Leaders Group letter to the UK Prime Minister, it stated strong support for achieving net zero emissions by 2050 through the European Green Deal in the EU. SSE’s CEO, Alistair Phillips-Davies, similarly stated support for emissions reductions in line with 1.5 °C in the company’s 2021 Sustainability Report. Alongside this, SSE advocated for increased ambition on climate change regulation through an open letter sent to European Environment and Climate Ministers in 2019.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: SSE has lobbied positively on climate-related regulations. The company appeared to support the establishment of a UK ETS, and called for it to be linked to the EU ETS in its 2021 Sustainability Report. SSE also appeared to support greater ambition in the EU ETS in its 2021 consultation response to the policy. SSE seems to be supportive of the implementation of a carbon tax as stated in the ‘News and Views’ section on its corporate website in 2020. Phillips-Davies also directly advocated to UK policymakers to both increase ambition for renewable energy policy and provide greater policy support for wind energy in 2019. SSE has supported the EU’s 2030 55% emission reduction target, co-signing an open letter in 2020 calling for increased ambition in the European Green Deal. The company also stated support for the UK’s 2035 78% GHG emission reduction target in its 2021 Sustainability Report.

Positioning on Energy Transition: SSE appears to have lobbied positively on transitioning the energy mix. In the company’s 2021 Annual Report, it stated support for the UK’s target to end sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030. The company signed a Global Wind Energy Council joint letter in 2021 to express support for an expansion of renewable energy in the energy mix, and appeared to advocate for a ban on new coal investments. In 2020, SSE also stated support for the electrification of transport through increasing electric vehicle infrastructure on Twitter and placing bans on new sales of petrol and diesel vehicles in a Forbes article. The company’s 2021 Sustainability Report appeared to suggest support for the decarbonization of the heating sector, advocating for a switch from fossil gas to electricity and hydrogen.

Industry Association Governance: SSE does publicly disclose a list of some of its industry association memberships. However, it does not comment on their climate-related lobbying activities, nor has it published a full audit disclosure of its links to trade associations. The company is a member of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Wind Europe. IETA has lobbied relatively positively on some strands of climate policy, whereas Wind Europe has strongly and positively engaged with most climate policy.

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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.