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Metals & Mining
Buisburg and Essen, Germany
Brands and Associated Companies:
Rothe Erde, Berco
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Climate Lobbying Overview: thyssenkrupp appears to be actively engaged on climate change policy, with mixed positions. The company supports climate policy in its top-line messaging with some exceptions, but remains negatively engaged on key climate policy streams such as reform of the EU Emissions Trading System. thyssenkrupp holds an influential position in the Federation of German Industries (BDI), which is engaging negatively on climate change policy in Europe.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: thyssenkrupp seems to support climate policy in its top-line messaging with some exceptions. On its corporate website, accessed in January 2022, thyssenkrupp supported efforts to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C. However, in its 2021 CDP Climate Change Disclosure, the company stated it supports the German Climate Law with major exceptions, suggesting it needs “adequate measures” and should avoid collisions with the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). In its 2020/21 Annual Report, published in January 2022, thyssenkrupp supported the need for government regulation to respond to climate change, advocating for a mix of policy instruments and clear political will. However, on social media in November 2021, the company seemed to suggest that regulation must include measures to prevent carbon leakage and preserve international competitiveness. On its corporate website, accessed in February 2021, thyssenkrupp stated support for the UN Paris Agreement and the finalization of the Article 6 rulebook.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: thyssenkrupp’s engagement with specific climate regulations appears to be predominantly negative. In response to an EU public consultation on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) in November 2021, the company did not support any of the EU Commission’s proposed reforms to the EU ETS to align the policy with the EU’s increased 2030 climate target, and advocated for strengthened carbon leakage protection measures. However, in a February 2021 consultation response on the EU ETS, thyssenkrupp supported a reform of the Linear Reduction Factor to decrease the emissions cap. In response to an EU public consultation on the proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) in November 2021, the company advocated for exemptions for the steel industry from the policy, as well as no phase out of free allowances in the EU ETS before 2030 and the inclusion of export rebates, a position which is misaligned with the EU Commission’s proposal. thyssenkrupp Steel Europe CEO Bernhard Osburg signed several open letters to the European Parliament in May and June 2022 advocating against ambitious proposals for the reform of the EU ETS and the CBAM.

Handelsblatt reported in May 2021 that thyssenkrupp did not support the increase in ambition of Germany’s GHG targets. However, thyssenkrupp stated support for increased investment in renewable energy production on its corporate website, accessed in January 2022. The company signed a joint letter in April 2021 advocating for more ambitious light-duty fuel economy standards in the US.

Positioning on Energy Transition: thyssenkrupp appears to mostly support the energy transition. The CEO Martina Merz stated support for the decarbonization of industry and for policies to scale up renewable energies in Germany in November 2021. On its corporate website in a statement before COP26, accessed in January 2022, the company supported the phase out of coal and the electrification of mobility. In a joint White Paper, published in June 2022, thyssenkrupp advocated for a range of policies to scale up green hydrogen in the EU and Germany, but also advocated for creating hydrogen using natural gas and carbon capture and storage in a January 2021 press release. In comments on the EU’s Gas and Hydrogen Market Decarbonization Package in April 2022, the company advocated for sped up investment in hydrogen networks and accelerating repurposing of gas infrastructure. However, in its 2020/21 Annual Report, published in February 2022, thyssenkrupp supported the energy transition provided that policies preserve the competitiveness of industry.

Industry Association Governance: thyssenkrupp discloses a list of some of its memberships to industry associations, but does not describe the climate policy positions of the associations nor how the company is influencing the groups. The company does not appear to have published a review of alignment with industry associations. A senior executive of thyssenkrupp is Chairman of the Climate Policy committee in the Federation of German Industries (BDI), which takes a negative stance on climate policy in the EU and Germany.

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 Q3 2022.

Strength of Relationship

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.