Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

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Calgary, Canada
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Whilst the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has acknowledged climate change and the need for action, its lobbying clearly favours the Canadian oil and gas sector’s global competitiveness in opposition to climate change policy. The organization is also using its energy platform Vote Energy to influence voters prior to the 2021 federal election on issues regarding energy and climate policies. It seems CAPP has successfully lobbied to weaken Canada’s federal Clean Fuel Standard.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: As of October 2021, CAPP has acknowledged some of the science of climate change on its website. In a December 2020 press release, it appears to support the target of achieving a net-zero economy by 2050 in Canada. However, as reported by National Observer in May 2021, CAPP’s support for net-zero comes with an emphasis on “what it changes for affordability of all aspects of the economy.” Regarding national policies in general, the organization has called for protection of the competitiveness of emission-intensive industries from regulations on its corporate website, last accessed in September 2021. Additionally, on its energy platform Vote Energy in August 2021, CAPP suggested double counting the Internationally Transferable Mitigation Outcomes (ITMOs), which is contested under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: In August 2020, CAPP has suggested that the British Colombia of Canada should offer a scheme to offset carbon tax in a tweet. Earlier in March that year, in a letter to House of Commons, CAPP advocated the government to freeze carbon price at $30/tonne to help the economy recover from covid pandemic.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Regarding energy transition, CAPP has opposed International Energy Agency (IEA)’s call to end developing new oil fields and coal-fired power generation in its magazine Context in June 2021, arguing that such transition will “turn the national economy upside down and cause unprecedented social and political upheaval.” It also appears to support natural gas as a cleaner, transitional fuel over other zero-carbon options on its website in 2021. The organization has consistently communicated support for building additional infrastructure, including natural gas power plants and pipelines, to export Canadian LNG abroad, through corporate reporting, corporate magazine, and opinion essays on newspaper in 2021. In addition, CAPP has used its energy platform Vote Energy to advocate for a number of tax measures to subsidize the oil and gas industry in August 2021. In 2020, CAPP has written several letters to Minister of Natural Resources Canada where it advocated for subsidies for oil and gas sector in the range of $27 to 30 billion and a 100% tax deduction on all oil and gas sector capital investments.