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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. The company is supportive of the UN 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.” 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. SSE stated support for the UK’s 2050 net zero target along with ambitious climate policies to reach this objective in its 2020-21 Trade Association Climate Review. A 2020 Corporate Leaders Group letter to the UK Prime Minister, signed by SSE, also stated strong support for achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 through] the European Green Deal in the EU.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: SSE has engaged positively on climate-related regulations. The company appeared to support the establishment of a UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), and called for it to be linked to the EU ETS in its 2021 Sustainability Report. SSE also supported greater ambition in the EU ETS in a February 2021 EU public 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. The company supported the UK’s 2030 40GW target for offshore wind in its 2021 CDP Climate Change Disclosure. In the same disclosure, SSE stated support for energy efficiency legislation across the EU and Ireland, including the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, and the Irish Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (EEOS). SSE supported the EU’s 2030 55% emission reduction target in an open letter in March 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 engage positively on transitioning the energy mix. In a February 2022 press release, CEO Phillips-Davies emphasized the need to reduce fossil gas in the energy mix, stating the technology only had a transitional role alongside renewable energies. 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 joint letter in July 2021 expressing support for an expansion of renewable energy in the energy mix, and appeared to advocate for a ban on new coal investments. The company’s 2021 Sustainability Report suggested support for the decarbonization of the heating sector, advocating for a switch from fossil gas to electricity and hydrogen.

Industry Association Governance: SSE has disclosed a list of some of its industry association memberships, and includes details of alignment, and how it is attempting to influence the climate change policy positions of the industry associations. However, the company does not detail the type of membership held or refer to positions on specific policies. The company is a member of Wind Europe, which is 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.