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Maersk advocates for measures promoting green hydrogen in shipping

25 November 2022

In a November 14th joint letter, Maersk supported infrastructure and investments to support the use of green hydrogen in shipping and advocated for a 5% zero-emissions fuel target by 2030 to be established through the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The letter also urged the IMO to set 2030 and 2040 GHG emissions reduction targets.

EDF subsidiary supports fossil gas

25 November 2022

In a social media post on 8th November Edison, an EDF subsidiary supported the role of fossil gas in the energy mix, describing it as essential for energy security.

SolarPower Europe supports ambitious RePower EU plan

25 November 2022

In a press release published on 14th November, SolarPower Europe supported the ambitious position of the European Parliament on the RePowerEU package, including additional protections to guarantee that Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) money is being directed towards developing renewable projects, and to prevent fossil fuel infrastructure from being funded through the RRF mechanism. Furthermore, the entity supported a 45% renewable energies target as the most cost-effective path to a climate neutral EU in a tweet on 10th November.

Eurelectric supports EU 2035 zero-emissions targets for cars and vans

25 November 2022

In a 2nd November tweet, Eurelectric supported the electrification of transport and the 2035 EU zero-emissions carbon dioxide target for cars and vans.

American Petroleum Institute advocates for “uniform” US incentives for all forms of hydrogen

25 November 2022

In a November 16th tweet, the American Petroleum Institute (API) advocated for “uniform” incentives for hydrogen production in the US. API proposed uniform incentives based on tons of emissions reduced to enable all forms of hydrogen production, including hydrogen produced from unabated fossil gas.

BP supports US Environmental Protection Agency's 2022 Methane Regulations

25 November 2022

In a 20th November Financial Times article, BP’s head of US business stated support for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s 2022 Methane Regulations, and emphasized the need to stop flaring.

America’s Power calls for pause in closure of US coal-fired power stations

25 November 2022

In a November 18th Utility Dive article, America’s Power CEO, Michelle Bloodworth, called for the closure of coal-fired power plants to be paused until the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) can assure that the electricity grid is reliable enough to withstand summer and winter extreme weather events.

GS Energy advocates for gas-fired turbine plants in Korea

25 November 2022

On 16th November, the ElecTimes reported that the CEO of GS Power, a subsidiary of GS Energy, advocated for the use of gas-fired combined cycle combustion turbine plants in the Korean energy mix, without clear conditions on the deployment of CCS or methane abatement measures.

POSCO calls for government support for transition to hydrogen

18 November 2022

At a Korea-Germany business roundtable on 4th November, POSCO Managing Director Kim Hee requested government support to ‘solve the hydrogen conversion’, but did not specify POSCO’s position on the need to decarbonize hydrogen production.

International Chamber of Shipping advocates for green hydrogen

18 November 2022

On November 15th, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research released a report commissioned by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). The report advocated in favor of utilizing shipping to transport green hydrogen and ammonia to enable the wider energy transition in other sectors and regions, alongside the use of green hydrogen to decarbonize maritime from the 2030s. The report further supported a range of policies to promote green hydrogen production, including mandates and production credits under the Inflation Reduction Act.

American Petroleum Institute unsupportive of EPA's supplemental methane rule

18 November 2022

In a November 11th press release, the American Petroleum Institute (API) appeared unsupportive of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed supplemental methane rule. Instead, API supported a voluntary and technology-led approach to methane emissions reduction and claimed that regulations could ‘inhibit’ industry efforts “with overly prescriptive red tape”.

Confederation of Indian Industry supports India's 2030 EV target

18 November 2022

In a 10th November Twitter post, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) stated support for the decarbonization of the transport sector, and appeared to advocate in favor of India’s 2030 30% electric vehicle target.

Hyundai Motor calls for global policy support for carbon neutrality

18 November 2022

As reported by The JoongAng on 13th November, the Chairman of Hyundai Motor, Chung Eui-sun, stated support for ‘strong policy support’ of different countries that would enable corporate investments in new resources and technologies for carbon neutrality at the ‘B20 Summit Indonesia 2022’.

SK Inc supports renewables and nuclear deployment in Korea

11 November 2022

As reported by Fortune Korea on the 3rd of November, the Chairman of SK Inc., Chey Tae-won, appeared to support the energy transition with an increase in renewables and nuclear to achieve net-zero in Korea, without clear statements regarding the pace and extent of this transition and the corporate’s alignment with IPCC recommendations.

Korea Petrochemical Industry Association supports the Korean Emissions Trading System

11 November 2022

At the November 3rd ‘Industry Conference on the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)’ hosted by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MoTIE), the Korea Petrochemical Industry Association (KPIA) advocated for the Korean Emissions Trading System to be included in the EU CBAM, without a clear position on strengthening of carbon price within Korea.

BusinessEurope supports increased ambition at COP27 including methane regulations

11 November 2022

In a position paper on COP27 published on 3rd November, BusinessEurope stated support for the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, and advocated that other G20 nations increase their 2030 targets to close the ambition gap with the EU, suggesting that the EU should not raise its Nationally Determined Contribution unless other countries do too. It also supported the finalization of the Fit for 55 package but stressed the burdens on business and the risks of carbon leakage, advocating for a climate club based on a global carbon price floor. The position paper further stated BusinessEurope was in favor of implementing methane regulations on the fossil gas supply chain, such as performance standards.

Centrica supports unabated fossil gas and fracking in the UK

11 November 2022

In an October 28th investor call, Centrica CEO Chris O’Shea appeared to advocate for a continued role of unabated fossil gas in the UK energy mix, and stated support for unconventional fossil gas extraction, specifically fracking.

Corporate Leaders Group Europe and SolarPower Europe advocate for more ambitious EU energy targets

11 November 2022

In an open letter to the President of the EU Council on 18th October, Corporate Leaders Group Europe and SolarPower Europe advocated for more ambitious, binding targets in the EU Energy Efficiency Directive and the EU Renewable Energy Directive.

SolarPower Europe advocates for more ambitious rooftop solar requirements in the EU

07 November 2022

On 26th October, SolarPower Europe published a press release calling for more ambitious rooftop solar requirements in the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

ICS proposes a voluntary 2030 alternative fuels target for international shipping

07 November 2022

In an October 21st submission to the International Maritime Organization, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) proposed a voluntary target of 5% of the energy used in shipping to come from alternative maritime fuels by 2030, without specifying which fuels count as ‘alternative’. The paper also advocated for a ‘fund and reward’ scheme for alternative fuels and appeared supportive of energy efficiency measures and a 2050 net-zero CO2 emissions target for international shipping.

Gas Infrastructure Europe supports new gas contracts, imports and infrastructure

07 November 2022

In a 27th October interview in a 'Return on IT investment' blog, Gas Infrastructure Europe secretary general, Boyana Achovski, stated support for new gas contracts and Liquid Natural Gas imports, alongside building new gas infrastructure.

Business Council of Australia states support for Australia's Electric Vehicle Strategy

07 November 2022

On the 31st October, the Business Council of Australia released its consultation response on the Electric Vehicle Strategy, in which it stated support for the strategy and acknowledged that electric vehicles are generally more efficient than their internal combustion powered counterparts, and can be powered by renewable energy.

American Chemistry Council supports climate policies and a fossil fuel-based energy mix

28 October 2022

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) released its “Policy Recommendations for a Lower Emissions Future” on 19th October. In the recommendations, the ACC supported carbon pricing that displaced other state and federal regulations. The association took some positive positions, supporting a carbon border adjustment mechanism, a policy that invests in energy efficiency, the US re-entry to the Paris Agreement, and the reduction of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). However, the ACC still supported fossil gas in the energy mix without conditions on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) or methane abatement, and hydrogen production based on fossil fuels.

VNO-NCW supports fossil fuel financing and exemptions for heavy industry in EU

28 October 2022

De Trouw reported on the 13th October that The Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) supported exemptions for heavy industry from the EU energy efficiency legislative tool, the Energy Savings Obligation, in the Netherlands for the past 20 years, justifying the exemption by stating that industry is already regulated under the EU Emissions Trading System. De Trouw reported on the 17th October that VNO-NCW did not support the planned phase out of Dutch overseas fossil fuel financing by 2023, advocating that this should continue until 2030 since fossil gas is a transition fuel, and that Dutch companies developing fossil fuels in developing countries will be replaced by Russia and China.

Oil and Natural Gas Corp advocates for new oil and gas infrastructure in India

28 October 2022

In a 21st October S&P Global article, Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Chairman, Rajesh Kumar Srivastava, advocated for new oil and gas investments and infrastructure, alongside harnessing renewable energy resources to ensure India’s energy security.

KCCI advocates for more ambitious climate policy in South Korea

28 October 2022

On 11th October, Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Chairman, Chey Tae-won, appeared to advocate for more ambitious climate policy in South Korea, referencing the US Inflation Reduction Act and EU climate policies to state that “now is the time to provide policy and institutional support to generate more scientific technology and innovative ideas” in Korea.

KT Corporation calls for a more ambitious K-ETS

28 October 2022

In a 25th October Gwangju Dream op-ed article, the Honam Branch Director of KT Corporation, Ryu Pyeong, advocated for a more ambitious Korea Emissions Trading Scheme (K-ETS), arguing “a more stringent signal should be given to corporate customers.”

Automotive associations support a 2035 zero-emissions target for EU cars and vans

21 October 2022

A joint letter signed by Volvo Cars, Eurelectric and the European Association for Electromobility, amongst others, urged EU policymakers to adopt a 2035 zero-emissions CO2 target for cars and vans and oppose a loophole granting cars powered by e-fuels to be included in the target.

Eurofer expresses mixed positions on EU climate policy

21 October 2022

In a joint statement with IndustriAll on the 17th October, Eurofer advocated for public funding for industrial decarbonization projects and energy infrastructure, as well as EU regulation to support green steel markets. However, it also stated support for carbon leakage protection measures, referencing a previous statement in 2021 where the association was unsupportive of the EU Commission’s proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism and reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System.

Gas associations advocate to weaken the EU Methane Regulation

25 October 2022

Industry associations Eurogas and Gas Infrastructure Europe released a 10th October joint position paper on the upcoming EU Methane Regulation. The groups advocated to weaken and reduce measures for monitoring, reporting and verifying methane emissions, and reducing the frequency of leak detection and repair requirements, alongside opposing venting and flaring proposals.

Business Council of Australia opposes climate trigger under Australia's EPBC Act

21 October 2022

On the 11th October, the Business Council of Australia (BCA) entered a submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Climate Trigger) Bill 2022. In the response, the BCA stated that it opposed the introduction of a climate trigger to the policy.

Aviation industry supports reaching global net-zero by 2050

14 October 2022

Airlines for America, Airlines for Europe and Boeing announced support for the global net-zero aspirational CO2 goal announced by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization at ICAO last week.

Ecopetrol supports fossil gas in Colombia

14 October 2022

During a conference on fossil gas, Congresso Naturgas 2022 in Cartagena, Ecopetrol supported fossil gas in Colombia, as reported in a company tweet on October 7th. The company’s CEO Felipe Bayón stated that fossil gas was a resource that contributes to the fight against climate change.

US associations oppose proposed energy conservation standards

14 October 2022

Several trade associations and companies, including the American Gas Association and the US Chamber of Commerce, submitted a joint letter on October 6th to the Department of Energy that opposed the proposed energy conservation standard for gas and propane furnaces. In the letter, the groups stated opposition to the energy efficiency standard and advocated against the proposal’s move toward electrification.

Chevron supports the US energy infrastructure permitting reform

14 October 2022

In an interview with CNN, Chevron CEO, Mike Wirth, supported the energy infrastructure permitting reform in the US, as reported in a tweet from the company on October 10th. Wirth stated that the permitting reform is “the single thing” that could enable the oil and gas industry and the renewable industry.

Santos supports more investment in new oil and gas supply

14 October 2022

In an October 10th Sydney Morning Herald article, Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher argued that energy supply issues in the UK are a direct result of underinvestment in the industry. He stated that the situation was a ‘reminder to us all’ to invest in new oil and gas supply, claiming that those who call for the end of fossil fuels are ‘adding to the problem’.

CEMBUREAU unsupportive of EU energy efficiency measures

14 October 2022

In a joint statement from non-energy extractive industry associations on 4th October, CEMBUREAU did not support energy efficiency measures proposed by the EU Commission in the Industrial Emissions Directive reform, stressing double regulation.

Offshore Energies UK states that new oil and gas fields provide an 'environmental bonus'

07 October 2022

In an October 7th BBC News article, Offshore Energies UK appeared to support the decision by the UK government to offer 100 new licenses to explore oil and gas in the North Sea. It stated that ‘new fields will be less polluting than their predecessors and there would be an environmental "bonus".’

Consolidated Edison and Ford call for federal emissions standards for cars

07 October 2022

According to a September 29th press release published by The Climate Group, Consolidated Edison and Ford Motor were present at the organization’s EV100 campaign event during Climate Week NYC, and advocated for the Biden administration to move forward with proposing federal clean car standards for models years 2027 and beyond.

Fortum opposes measures to strengthen EU energy policies

07 October 2022

In a 26th September blog post on its corporate website, Fortum advocated for the REPowerEU proposal to support a technology neutral approach and provide less of a focus on renewable energy. The post did not support strengthening European energy efficiency policy and reducing energy demand, stating it would overlap with other climate objectives and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. It also did not support stringent criteria for renewable hydrogen production, including the additionality principle, in the EU Renewable Energy Directive reform.

Japanese steel entities recognize the need to decarbonize steelmaking

07 October 2022

In an interview with Nikkei XTech published on September 30th, Yoshihisa Kitano, President and CEO of JFE Steel, and Chairman of the Japan Iron and Steel Federation (JISF), appeared to support an expanded role for hydrogen in steelmaking without specifying a position on the decarbonization of hydrogen, describing a consortium in the Japanese steel industry to develop steelmaking methods using hydrogen as one solution for emission reductions, while stating that “there still isn't an answer to carbon neutrality in steel.”

In a news release published on its website on September 29, JISF stated support for Japan’s 2050 carbon neutrality goal and recognized the need to transition to low-carbon and decarbonization of the steel supply chain, while emphasizing the “worldwide” challenge of current technical difficulties in supplying low- or zero-carbon steel, arguing for the use of internal emissions reduction credits through the mass balance method during the “transitional period of the green transformation.”

Engie advocates for new LNG infrastructure in Europe

07 October 2022

Engie Chairman, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, called for new LNG infrastructure in Europe in a 27th September Twitter post.

Confindustria promotes the expansion of fossil gas in Italy

07 October 2022

In a 26th September press release, Confindustria’s Vice President described the creation of Italy as a hub for fossil gas in Southern Europe as a priority, promoting the need to reflect again on the EU’s approach, arguing that a reconsideration is needed in order to protect industrial activity and limit dependence on raw materials from abroad.

KEPCO promotes ammonia co-firing alongside coal

07 October 2022

In an article by E-daily on September 28th, the Future Technology Strategy Team Leader of KEPCO, Kim Young-joo, advocated for co-firing ammonia, hydrogen and coal in power plants, stating that “carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 20%” and the cost of co-firing will cost “lower than other carbon reduction costs.”

9월 28일 <이데일리> 보도에 따르면, 김영주 한국전력공사 미래기술전략팀장은 암모니아, 수소 그리고 석탄을 발전소에서 혼소하는 것을 옹호하면서, “이산화탄소 배출량이 20% 줄어들고” 혼소 발전의 비용이 “탄소 저감 비용보다는 낮다”고 말했습니다.

Keidanren's Mobility Committee to target G7 summit and 2025 Expo

30 September 2022

On September 22nd, Keidanren held its first Mobility Committee meeting, co-chaired by the CEO of Toyota and the Japanese Automobiles Manufacturing Association (JAMA). Detailed proposals were not made, but the group announced that it will target next year’s G7 summit and the 2025 Osaka World Expo to promote Japan’s efforts to the world and to work with governments.

Enel promotes LNG use in shipping

30 September 2022

In a 26th September press release, Endesa, a subsidiary of Enel, promoted the use of LNG to decarbonize shipping and appeared to support LNG storage infrastructure.

BlackRock expresses support for the inclusion of fossil gas in the EU taxonomy

30 September 2022

In a September 16th conversation with BBVA President Carlos Torres Vila, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink expressed support for the inclusion of gas in the EU green taxonomy, saying he was “very pleased that the Eurozone has finally said ‘gas is green.’”

Saudi Aramco advocates for additional fossil fuel investments

30 September 2022

In a speech at the Schlumberger Digital Forum 2022 in Switzerland, Saudi Aramco CEO, Amin H. Nasser, appeared to advocate for additional investments in oil and gas and supported a “more credible” energy transition plan, citing the energy crisis (as reported in a corporate press release from September 20th). Nasser stated that global strategy for energy requires “recognition by policymakers” on the need for conventional energy in the long term.

American Clean Power Association supports Manchin's proposed permitting reforms

30 September 2022

In a September 21st press release, American Clean Power Association (ACP) CEO, Heather Zichal, advocated for Congress to pass Senator Manchin’s proposed permitting reform legislation. In her statement, Zichal emphasized the need for an updated permitting process to “unleash the full potential of the clean energy investments spurred by the Inflation Reduction Act”, but did not include a position on the impact of permitting reform on fossil fuel projects.

IOGP and API advocate for expanded fossil gas infrastructure

30 September 2022

On the 26th September, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) released new research in which they appeared to advocate for European policymakers to secure new fossil gas supplies to help ease the energy crisis in Europe. A fact sheet of the research included recommendations that included calling for policymakers to reassess the production of fossil gas in Europe, advocating for an emergency project of common interest to support the EU fossil gas network, and calling for the demand reduction forecasts for fossil gas to be 'carefully reassessed'.

AGL appears to strongly support the Safeguard Mechanism Reforms

30 September 2022

On the 20th September, AGL released its submission on the Safeguard Mechanism Reforms, in which it appeared to strongly support the policy. AGL appeared to be supportive of the reforms, including declining baselines and the removal of ‘headroom'. AGL also called for the new Safeguard Credit database (SMC’s) to be publicly available, and did not support tailored treatment to emissions intensive facilities within the policy.

Woodside supports the Safeguard Mechanism Reforms with major exceptions

30 September 2022

On the 27th September, Woodside released its submission on the Safeguard Mechanism Reform, in which it appeared to support the proposed reforms with major exceptions. While the company supported declining baselines and the removal of ‘headroom’, it also supported the ability for Safeguard facilities to generate Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU’s) without stressing the need to avoid double counting. Woodside also advocated for provisions for emissions intensive trade exposed (EITE) industries, but stated it should be through financial assistance rather than through direct provisions in the policy.

Centrica appears to support fracking under the UK's energy policy strategy

23 September 2022

In a 10th September interview with the Guardian, Centrica CEO, Chris O’Shea, supported the UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’ decision to allow fracking to be reconsidered in the UK’s energy policy strategy. O’Shea claimed fracking would help alleviate energy security issues in the UK.

EDF subsidiary advocates for the long-term use of LNG in Italy

23 September 2022

In a 6th September press release, EDF subsidiary Edison promoted the long-term use of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) within the Italian gas network as well as in relation to decarbonizing shipping and heavy-duty transport.

BDI supports reinstating phased-out coal plants to reduce dependence on Russian fuels

23 September 2022

In a 6th September press release, the President of the German Federation for Industry (BDI) supported diversifying the energy mix in Europe away from dependency on Russian fossil fuels, via re-connection of already phased out coal plants.

CAPP reportedly funds ad campaigns to oppose Canada's proposed oil and gas cap

23 September 2022

On September 19th, Canada’s National Observer reported that the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) had paid for an advertising campaign led by an advocacy group called Canada’s Energy Citizens to oppose the proposed federal emissions cap on oil and gas industry in Canada. All the adverts reportedly link to a petition that mobilizes opposition to the cap, calling it an “unrealistic” solution.

Iberdrola welcomes the passing of Australia's Climate Change Bill

16 September 2022

In a 7th September press release, Iberdrola CEO Ignacio Galán welcomed “the full ratification of Australia's decarbonization targets”, praising the policy framework as a way for Australia to become a leading power in the energy transition.

Nippon Steel supports coal in steel production while opposing carbon taxes

16 September 2022

In an Energy Structural Transformation Working Group meeting by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on September 12th, Nippon Steel requested the expansion of the Green Innovation Fund and government support for electricity and hydrogen, while appearing to support the use of coal in steel production. The company also appeared to suggest that carbon taxes would hinder the decarbonization of industries

Investment Company Institute criticizes Texas and California's sustainable finance strategies

16 September 2022

On September 8th, the Investment Company Institute President and CEO, Eric Pan, wrote an op-ed criticizing the Texas Comptroller’s decision to ban financial institutions from doing business with the state due to consideration of ESG factors in investment strategies, writing that the decision would “meddle in the financial security of hundreds of thousands of Texas public servants.” Pan also criticized the “heavy-handed actions” of blue states like California, which is “steadily moving toward forcing its public pension funds to divest from fossil fuels.” Pan asserted that financial markets must be “driven by market fundamentals and investor choice” rather than “government imposing its will.”

CEMBUREAU states mixed positions on EU policy reforms

09 September 2022

In a statement on Energy Prices published on 9th September 2022, CEMBUREAU advocated to speed up renewable energy project permitting and infrastructure deployment, and was in favor of including indirect emissions in the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) to respond to high energy prices. However, it also supported extending indirect cost compensation in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to the cement industry.

Enel supports measures to decarbonize Spain and Italy's energy mix

09 September 2022

In a 3rd September press release, Enel supported a range of measures to reach net zero by 2050 in Italy and Spain, including eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, introducing legal frameworks to decarbonize industry, and phasing-out fossil fuel boilers.

Offshore Energies UK supports investment in domestic oil and gas

09 September 2022

In a September 5th press release, acting Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) CEO, Mike Tholen, welcomed the new prime minister Liz Truss, stating that OEUK will continue to work with political parties to ensure investment in homegrown oil and gas as well as the energy transition.

Google and BP support the passage of Australia's Climate Change Bill

02 September 2022

In a submission to the Australia Senate Committee on Environment and Communications in early August 2022, Google supported the government’s proposed legislation to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050 with an interim target of at least 43% by 2030 under the Climate Change Bill. The comment cited the need to urgently decarbonize the world’s electricity supply, including in Australia. In the same consultation, BP also stated support for Australia's 2050 and 2030 greenhouse gas targets to be legislated, and appeared to support further legislation to achieve these targets.

Queensland Resources Council supports coal mine extension

02 September 2022

In an August 26th Mining Weekly article, Queensland Resources Council CEO, Ian MacFarlane, supported the New Acland Stage 3 coal project. This project is an extension of an existing coal mine in Queensland, Australia.

AFPM opposes California's ICE phase-out target

02 September 2022

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) responded to the California Advanced Clean Cars II rule requiring 100% of all light-duty vehicle sales to be zero-emission by 2035. The trade association strongly opposes the measure, stating “It’s not the place of state regulators or government officials to try to put critical American industries out of business” and “A radical ban on gas and diesel vehicle sales will have devastating impacts on consumers, U.S. energy security and the manufacturing economy.”

Investment Company Institute criticizes Texas' ban on firms and funds that 'boycott' energy companies

26 August 2022

On August 24th, after the Texas Comptroller published a list of firms and funds that are banned from doing business with the state because they “boycott” energy companies, the Investment Company Institute issued a press release criticizing this action and urged lawmakers to “prioritize Texas families over partisanship.”

Google endorses the climate provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act

26 August 2022

In a press release on August 17th, Google (Alphabet) endorsed the climate provisions in the US Inflation Reduction Act, which was signed into law by President Biden one day prior on August 16th. Google’s statement marks its first public engagement on the bill following its introduction in July.

US utility companies support the climate provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act

26 August 2022

In an August 15th press release, Consolidated Edison supported the climate provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act and thanked Senator Chumer for his leadership “on this critical issue.” Exelon likewise released a press statement on August 17th in which it supported the legislation’s climate investments. As reported by ROI-NJ on August 15th, Public Service Enterprise Group CEO, Ralph Izzo, supported the Act’s clean energy tax credits, stating that they “will drive clean energy investment and help build a domestic supply chain to power our economy.”

California Chamber of Commerce opposes state climate proposals

26 August 2022

In a California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) alert published on 19th August, the association stated its opposition to the Governor of California’s most recent climate proposals. These proposals include setting a statewide carbon neutrality target and restricting where oil and gas production wells can be located. CalChamber cited inflation and jobs as its reasons for opposition.

Sasol and Minerals Council of South Africa unsupportive of South Africa's carbon tax

26 August 2022

In an August 22nd Bloomberg article, Sasol Chief Operating Officer, Hanre Rossouw, appeared unsupportive of the South African Carbon Tax. Sasol stated that it is not opposed to a tax on carbon in South Africa, however the company emphasized the risks of a poorly implemented carbon tax. The company also stated that alternative regulatory options should be considered, rather than a quick escalation of the tax.

Similarly, in the same article, Minerals Council South Africa (MINCOSA) also appeared unsupportive of the South African Carbon Tax, and appeared unsupportive of the gradual removal of emissions allowances under the tax. While MINCOSA stated that it recognizes the reductions in greenhouse gases that a carbon tax can bring, it also stated that it was concerned about the “dire” socio-economic consequences a removal of allowances could have for the mining industry.

Canadian Fuels Association supports Canada's Clean Fuels Regulation

18 August 2022

In multiple August 2022 Twitter posts, the Canadian Fuels Association appeared to support Canada’s Clean Fuels Regulation because it encourages investments in low-carbon fuels for transportation.

Utility companies support the Inflation Reduction Act

18 August 2022

In an August 12th press release, National Grid supported the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in the House, stating that “this landmark legislation is one of the most significant investments the United States has ever made to develop clean energy and slow the effects of climate change.” AES CEO Andrés Gluski appeared to support the Inflation Reduction Act in an August 12th company tweet, which quoted him as stating “this will be a game changer.”

Queensland Resources Council CEO supports development of new gas projects

18 August 2022

In an August 2022 Mining Weekly article, Queensland Resources Council CEO, Ian Macfarlane, supported the development of new fossil gas projects in Queensland. Macfarlane emphasized the importance of fossil gas in the energy transition without referencing carbon capture and storage, or methane emissions mitigations, alongside gas deployment.

US trade groups support Senate's vote on the Inflation Reduction Act

12 August 2022

Following the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in the Senate on August 7th, the CEOs and Presidents of industry groups Advanced Energy Economy, American Clean Power Association, Edison Electric Institute, and Solar Energy Industries Association released individual statements in which they supported the Senate’s vote and advocated for the legislation’s passage in the House.

South African industry associations support South Africa's Energy Action Plan

12 August 2022

In separate press releases, Minerals Council South Africa and the South African Wind Energy Association supported South Africa’s ‘energy action plan’ which was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on July 25th. They specifically supported the plan's provisions to transform South Africa’s energy system, including increased procurement of renewable energy, and the lifting of the 100MW cap on self-embedded generation

American Electric Power and Fortescue Metals support climate provisions under the Inflation Reduction Act

12 August 2022

As reported by E&E News on August 4th, American Electric Power Company (AEP) broadly supported the climate provisions in the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act, stating that the legislation was a “promising step to further reducing carbon emissions while ensuring our customers’ energy needs are met.” In an August 8th Politico article, Fortescue Metals Group Chairman Andrew Forrest supported the Inflation Reduction Act and its provisions for transitioning the energy mix. Forrest specifically supported the Act’s potential for facilitating the transformation of coal-fired power stations into green hydrogen plants.

VCI opposes the proposed EU ETS reforms and supports expanding fossil fuel infrastructure

05 August 2022

The German chemical association VCI published a new position paper on EU climate laws on 12th July, criticizing the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) reforms and the planned phase out of free allocation of certificates, as well as not supporting absolute energy savings targets as part of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. Meanwhile, on 25th July, VCI emphasized in a tweet the importance of Germany becoming independent of Russian gas, supporting the role of LNG terminals and coal as means to do so.

Financial groups support ISSB's proposed scope 3 disclosure requirements

05 August 2022

In July 29th responses to the International Sustainability Standards Board’s (ISSB) Climate and Sustainability Disclosure Exposure Drafts, several financial groups including abrdn, Capital Group, HSBC Bank Pension Scheme, Nordea Asset Management, and Northern Trust Asset Management expressed support for the ISSB's proposed Scope 3 emissions disclosure requirements.

API appears to oppose climate provisions in the Reconciliation Bill

05 August 2022

On August 2nd, the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Chief Advocacy Officer, Amanda Eversole, appeared to oppose the climate provisions in the 2022 Reconciliation Bill, as reported by Natural Gas Intel. Eversole went on to state that API opposes policies that “increase taxes and discourage investment in America’s oil and natural gas”.

American Gas Association supports "renewable natural gas" provisions in the Reconciliation Bill

05 August 2022

In two tweets released on July 28th and July 29th, American Gas Association (AGA) thanked Senator Manchin for the hydrogen and “renewable natural gas” provisions in the federal reconciliation bill. The group did not reference any conditions on CCS or methane abatement measures, stating only that the fuels “will play a critical role in a cleaner energy future.”

KAMA appears to oppose K-ETS reforms

05 August 2022

At the 27th Industrial Development Forum on the 2nd August, the Chairman of the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA), Jung Man-ki, opposed the Korea Emissions Trading Scheme (K-ETS) and suggested policy reform, such as ‘excluding indirect emission regulations’, ‘ease of additional allocation criteria’, and ease of carryover restrictions, and stating that “South Korea operates the world’s most highly regulated ETS.”

VDA advocates for the long-term use of internal combustion engines powered by synthetic fuels

27 July 2022

In a 20th July interview with German media, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), Hildegard Müller, advocated for the long-term use of the internal combustion engine powered by synthetic fuels over the complete electrification of road transport in the EU, particularly for heavy-duty vehicles. She argued that the EU is missing a huge opportunity by excluding synthetic fuels as a pathway towards the decarbonization and jeopardizing the achievement of the bloc’s climate targets.

US entities engage on the Build Back Better Act

03 November 2022

In the Q2 2022 federal lobbying disclosures published on July 20th for American Gas Association and Edison Electric Institute with utilities CenterPoint, AES Corporation, American Electric Power Company, DTE Energy, Edison International, Exelon, FirstEnergy, NextEra, Pacific Gas & Electric, PPL Corporation, Public Service Enterprise Group, Southern Company, Vistra Corp, and Xcel Energy and Entergy, published on July 20th, disclosed the companies direct engagement with policymakers on the Build Back Better Act’s proposed methane fee without disclosing a clear position.

In the Q2 2022 federal lobbying disclosures for Ameren Corp and Duke Energy both utilities stated direct engagement with policymakers on the Build Back Better Act’s clean energy tax credits without disclosing any clear positions on the legislation. In the same disclosure, Duke also listed engagement activities on the “natural gas provisions” of the Build Back Better Act without providing any description of its position. In Consolidated Edison’s federal lobbying report for Q2 2022, published on July 20th, the utility stated direct engagement on the electric vehicle provisions of the Build Back Better Act without disclosing a clear position. The reports highlight the industry’s private engagement and lack of transparency on specific climate provisions of the reconciliation bill, which remains stalled in Congress.

These lobbying reports demonstrate strong industry engagement on the reconciliation bill, which remains stalled in negotiation following inconsistent statements from Senator Manchin.

The US Chamber of Commerce and NAM oppose SEC's new shareholder proposal

27 July 2022

In a 21st July press release, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) opposed the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) new shareholder proposal rule that would make it harder for companies to exclude climate and ESG related shareholder resolutions. In a 13th July press release, the US Chamber opposed the same rule.

EDF Group subsidiary promotes the use of LNG in the maritime sector

20 July 2022

In a blog post on 29th June, Edison (a subsidiary of EDF Group) advocated for the FuelEU Maritime proposal to further promote Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) for shipping, arguing that emissions measurements within the policy should be changed to favor the fuel.

Business Unity South Africa states support for a more ambitious South African Electricity Generation Act

20 July 2022

In a July 14th press release, Business Unity South Africa CEO, Cas Coovadia, called for urgent action to be taken to reform South Africa’s energy system. Coovadia supported lifting the 100MW cap on self-embedded generation under the South African Electricity Regulation Act, which would allow more renewable energy to be brought online.

US entities advocate for a climate package to be passed through budget reconciliation

19 July 2022

In a July 11th letter organized by Ceres, the CEOs of Danone North America, Exelon, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E Corp), Public Services Enterprise Group (PSEG), and VF Corp advocated to Congressional leadership to pass a climate package through budget reconciliation that includes incentives for energy efficiency, clean energy, and “sustainable transportation”.

Similarly, in a July 12th letter organized by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), over 400 companies advocated for Congressional leadership to pass a climate package through budget reconciliation that includes clean energy incentives. In the press release for the letter, SEIA CEO Abigail Ross Hopper advocated for a “comprehensive suite of policies” that included the long-term extension of the solar Investment Tax Credit, among other incentives. A few days later, following reports that Senator Manchin was opposing the climate provisions in the Build Back Better Act, Hopper released another statement on July 15th that urged Congress to use “whatever political machinations necessary to get clean energy policy over the finish line.”

Finally, on July 12th, 25 companies signed onto a Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) advertisement in Politico that advocated for President Biden and Congress to pass climate investments through budget reconciliation. The ad called upon policymakers to enact these provisions in order to strengthen energy security, meet climate goals, and lower costs for consumers.

European industry associations advocate to weaken the EU's delegated act on RFNBOs

19 July 2022

Several European industry associations including Hydrogen Europe, Eurogas, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), and the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), released a 15th July joint statement. In which, theu advocated for the weakening of the requirements for renewable hydrogen in the Delegated Act on Renewable Fuels of Non-Biological Origin (RFNBOs) within the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive revision. It called to extend a grandfathering clause, proposed by the European Commission to delay strict additionality requirements until 2027, to 2030, and advocated to weaken geographical and temporal correlation requirements on renewable hydrogen. Signatories

Insurance Europe questions the risk of climate change to the insurance sector

15 July 2022

In a July 6th response to a consultation on climate risk by the global Financial Stability Board (FSB), Insurance Europe questioned the FSB’s position that climate change poses a systemic risk to the insurance sector and appeared to caution against potential macroprudential measures.

European renewable groups advocate for renewables to play a key role in Ukraine's recovery

15 July 2022

In a joint statement from WindEurope, SolarPower Europe and three Ukrainian wind and solar energy associations, published on 10th July, the entities advocated for renewable energy to play a key role in the reconstruction of Ukraine, supporting a target of at least 50% renewable electricity production by 2030.

NextEra Energy gives unclear position on EPA ruling

15 July 2022

In a July 6th article by the Florida Phoenix, NextEra Energy's subsidiary Florida Power & Light (FPL) did not give a clear position on the Supreme Court ruling on West Virginia v. EPA, which rolls back the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to set GHG emissions standards for the power sector. Instead of providing a clear position on the court decision, FPL stated that the ruling would not have any effect on the company’s commitment to reduce GHG emissions from its operations.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce appears to support LNG exports

15 July 2022

On July 8th, a tweet by the President of Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Perrin Beatty, appeared to support investments in fossil gas infrastructure in Canada. Beatty was responding to the upcoming meeting in August 2022 between the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the proposal for building LNG export terminals in Canada’s East Coast.

ACEA opposes EU's proposed ICE phase-out

14 July 2022

In a July 2022 position paper, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) opposed a 100% zero-emissions target (and ICE phase-out date) for heavy-duty vehicles in the EU. ACEA argued that the internal combustion engine “will continue to play an important and long-term role”, and instead called for the use of “fossil-free fuels” as a way to decarbonize the heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) sector. ACEA also emphasized extensive qualifying conditions needed for a transition towards a zero-emission HDV sector, including the expansion of charging and re-fuelling infrastructure and zero-emission vehicle incentives.

Confindustria opposes EU's proposed ICE phase-out

14 July 2022

In a 5th July press release, Confindustria President Carlo Bonomi did not support the proposed Light Duty CO2 Standards, emphasizing negative economic and social costs from the proposed 2035 internal combustion engine (ICE) phase-out timeline

POSCO advocates for steel decarbonization support

14 July 2022

On 6th July, the Head of POSCO’s Carbon Neutral Strategy Group, Jang Se-hwan, advocated for ‘government-level subsidies and policy support’ to decarbonize the steel sector, including designating investment in carbon-neutral R&D as an official National Project.

FuelsEurope and en2x support long-term role for ICE vehicles

06 July 2022

In a 1st July press release, FuelsEurope appeared to support a continued role for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by supporting the EU Council’s provision to include a 2026 review for CO2 standards, for which they stated “we will redouble our work to make renewable fuels in land-based transport a significant and constructive contribution to meeting the targets of the Green Deal”. Similarly, in a 1st July press release, Wirtschaftsverband Fuels und Energie (en2x) CEO, Adrian Willig, appeared to support a long-term role for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by urging European politicians to include renewable fuels in future CO2 standards.

California Chamber of Commerce opposes zero-emissions vehicle tax

06 July 2022

In a 1st July press release, the California Chamber of Commerce outlined its opposition to a tax on high-income earners that would support zero-emissions vehicles. The tax would apply to incomes over $2 million in the state and be used to provide zero-emissions vehicle subsidies and infrastructure.

Eurofer supports the EU ETS and CBAM reform with exceptions

06 July 2022

In a press release, published on 1st July 2022, Eurofer’s Director General Axel Eggert supported the EU Council’s proposal for the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism and the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), but suggested that the proposal needed strengthened carbon leakage protection measures and export rebates. He also stated that reforms such as rebasing the emissions cap and strengthening the Market Stability Cap should be avoided.

KAMA's Chairman unsupportive of GHG emissions regulations

06 July 2022

At the 1st Niche Hour Forum on the 29th June, the Chairman of Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) and the Korea Industry Alliance Forum (KIAF), Jung Man-ki, did not support regulation-oriented GHG emissions reduction measures, citing that Korean corporates would struggle due to the numerous regulations. On the 28th June, the Chairman of the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA), Jung Man-ki, stated that hydrogen is “a means to achieve carbon neutrality and to increase energy independence”, without citing a clear position on decarbonizing hydrogen production.

VCI opposes the EU's carbon border adjustment mechanism

06 July 2022

In a report published on 28th June, Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) emphasized its opposition to the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), advocating for climate clubs instead. Additionally, a Euractiv article from 22nd June reported on VCI opposing the EU Parliament's CBAM compromise, calling it a “legally uncertain bureaucratic monster prone to abuse.”

ExxonMobil CEO opposes rapid energy transition toward renewables

30 June 2022

On June 26th 2022, in an interview with the CNBC, ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods appeared to oppose an ambitious energy transition. Woods claimed that society will “pay a high price” if there is an abrupt transition to renewable energy. Woods also cautioned against policies that do not consider the demand for affordable energy and claimed that the high gas prices are due to underinvestment in the oil and gas industry.

Keidanren chairman shows mixed support for ETS and opposed carbon tax

30 June 2022

In a June 10th interview with Nikkei Business, Keidanren Chairman Tokura showed mixed support for a Japanese emissions trading system (ETS) applied to “the entire country” in the future, emphasizing the need to start with a voluntary system and opposing the pricing discussed in Europe of roughly USD 100-150/t-CO2, because the cost of renewables and overall background is different in Japan. In the same interview, Tokura opposed carbon taxes.

EU industry associations unsupportive of EU ETS reform and mixed on CBAM

30 June 2022

In press releases published on 22nd June, Eurofer, Eurometaux and CEMBUREAU stated positions on the EU Parliament’s proposals for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) and reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Eurometaux advocated against the inclusion of indirect emissions in the CBAM, whilst CEMBUREAU supported it. However, CEMBUREAU, Eurometaux and Eurofer all advocated for a slower phase out of the free allocation of emissions allowances in the EU ETS. Eurofer also did not support proposals to strengthen the Market Stability Reserve and to rebase the emissions cap.

Ameren Chairman advocates for clean energy tax credits in reconciliation bill

30 June 2022

According to a June 22nd article by Daily Energy Insider, Ameren’s Executive Chairman Warner Baxter spoke with U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on the topic of the federal reconciliation bill’s clean energy tax credits at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) 2022 annual conference. Baxter, who is now EEI’s elected Chair of the Board for the 2022-2023 cycle, advocated for the passage of the tax credits, stating that it was “one of our top priorities to get across the finish line.”

American Chemistry Council calls for updating US building standards

30 June 2022

In a letter dated 21st June, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), along with several other groups, appeared to support US energy efficiency standards and called for an update to the Housing and Urban Development and US Department of Agriculture Building Standards. The ACC cited the ongoing energy crisis as reasons for these standards to be updated.

Hydrogen Europe supports weakening the EU Renewable Energy Directive

30 June 2022

A 21st June Argus Media article reported that industry association Hydrogen Europe supported weakening the EU Commission's proposal for the Renewable Energy Directive, by supporting less ambitious thresholds for renewable hydrogen.

Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association unsupportive of Korea's carbon neutrality policy

30 June 2022

At the 27th Automobile Industry Development Forum on the 20th June, the Director of the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) Policy Research Institute did not support South Korea's carbon neutrality policy, citing “a great burden on the automobile industry”, and suggested that the carbon neutrality process should “slow down”. He also stated that it was necessary to “change the regulation-oriented electric vehicle supply policy to an incentive-oriented policy”.

FEPC/KEPC call for acceleration of nuclear to support renewables

23 June 2022

At a press conference on June 17th, Federation of Electric Power Companies (FEPC) Chairman and President/CEO of Kyushu Electric Power Company (KEPC), Kazuhiro Ikebe, called for the accelerated restart of nuclear power plants, stating that “for Japan, which is scarce in resources, it is important to make good use of renewable energy such as solar power and wind power, but nuclear power plays a huge role from the perspective of S+3E, of energy security, economic security, and the realization of 2050 carbon neutrality.”

US Chamber questions SEC's authority over proposed climate rule

23 June 2022

In a June 16th letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the US Chamber of Commerce questioned the need for the climate disclosure rule and argued that the SEC does not have the legal authority to propose the rule.

CEMBUREAU opposes reform to EU Energy Taxation and Renewable Energy directives

23 June 2022

In a position paper, published on 13th June, CEMBUREAU opposed the removal of taxation exemptions for mineralogical processes in the reform of the Energy Taxation Directive, and stressed the policy should avoid overlap with the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). On the 17th June, CEMBUREAU also published responses to the EU Commission’s consultations on the Renewable Energy Directive reform Delegated Act on fuels of Renewable Non Biological Origin (RNFBOs), both of which did not support the EU Commission’s proposal. The association did not support simultaneity and location criteria, and suggested that CO2 accounting for GHG savings from recycled carbon fuels should not apply upstream.

Financial industry associations support SEC's proposed climate rule with major exceptions

23 June 2022

In June 16th and 17th comment letters to the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), financial industry associations including the Reinsurance Association of America, the Bank Policy Institute, the American Bankers Association, the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association outlined objections to the SEC's proposed climate disclosure rule. The groups characterized the proposal as insufficiently flexible and asked for several disclosure provisions to be removed or altered.

Aviation groups split on details of Sustainable Aviation Fuels target

23 June 2022

According to a June 9th media report, Airlines for Europe opposed a more ambitious Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) blending target of 6% by 2030, as proposed in the EU Council’s general approach, preferring the earlier mandate of 5%. Lufthansa appeared to stress competitiveness, carbon leakage and cost concerns with the Council’s position. In contrast, International Airlines Group welcomed the more ambitious target.

National Grid USA opposes measures to abandon fossil fuels in New York State

23 June 2022

In a June 15th opinion article in the Times Union, a National Grid USA representative advocated for a “coordinated gas and electric strategy” in the New York State Climate Action Council draft climate plan. In the article, National Grid USA stated support for electrification but opposed any measures that would “abandon” the state’s fossil gas assets. The Climate Action Council is currently accepting public comments on its draft climate plan, which is being developed to implement the state’s 2019 climate law.

Eurogas advocates for new EU gas infrastructure

23 June 2022

In a 14th June joint statement on EU-US LNG trade, Eurogas advocated for new LNG infrastructure in the EU and long-term LNG contracts to meet gas demand in the bloc. The group did not appear to take a position on the EU’s methane regulation, but stated it would “uphold” the policy, and supported a pragmatic approach to methane regulation in the US.

Federation of Korean Industries appears to oppose regulated carbon markets

23 June 2022

On 21st June, the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) advocated for the Korea Emissions Trading Scheme (K-ETS) to adopt the use of international ‘voluntary carbon market’ credits, and suggested that the K-ETS should ‘turn away from the focus on the regulatory carbon market’.

Business Roundtable advocates for further federal oil and gas leasing

17 June 2022

On 8th June, Business Roundtable (BRT) tweeted a statement in which it appeared to express support for the energy transition but with major exceptions, stating that America needs further oil and gas leasing on federal lands alongside renewable energy development to bring energy prices down for consumers. In the same thread, BRT tweeted a statement urging policymakers to implement energy efficiency standards

Xcel Energy opposes electric vehicle infrastructure policy

17 June 2022

According to a June 8th article by the Colorado Sun, Xcel Energy opposed Colorado House Bill 1218, which would have established electric vehicle infrastructure requirements for new buildings in the state. Although the bill had passed in the state legislature, it was vetoed by Governor Polis.

Clean Energy Buyers Association support SEC's proposed climate disclosure rule

17 June 2022

On June 6th, the Clean Energy Buyers Association released a blog post stating support for the SEC’s proposed climate disclosure rule, linking its letter to the Commission in support of the rule.

Eurofer opposes EU Emissions Trading System reforms

17 June 2022

An op-ed written by the President of the EU Parliament Environment Committee, Pascal Canfin, published in Le Monde on the 2nd June reported that in a “tsunami of lobbying” Eurofer had advocated to EU parliamentarians to not support the EU Commission’s proposal to reform the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) by eliminating a certain amount of carbon credits from the market, called ‘rebasing’. Canfin stated that the EU Commission had shown that without this measure, there is no chance of achieving the necessary emissions reductions in European industry to align with the UN Paris Agreement. Eurofer also appeared to advocate for the EU Parliament to support the weaker draft of the EU ETS and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM).

E.ON CEO advocates for climate policy measures in the UK

17 June 2022

E.ON UK’s CEO Michael Lewis gave oral evidence to the UK Government’s Environment Audit Committee on 8th June, in which he supported more emphasis on energy efficiency measures and renewables in UK energy policy.

Offshore Energies UK advocates for new UK fossil fuel investments in testimony

17 June 2022

On the 8th June, Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) gave oral testimony to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) on the UK oil and gas industry, in which it advocated for the continued investment and development of oil and gas fields in the UK while simultaneously claiming that this is aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement. OEUK claimed that UK production would displace production elsewhere in the world and contain fewer emissions than imported fuel.

NSW Minerals Council claims coal power plant closures present Australia's "biggest risk"

16 June 2022

In a June 12th NT News article, New South Wales Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee, stated that the “biggest risk” to the Australian power system is the closure of coal-fired power plants before the technology to replace them, namely renewable energy, is available. He appeared to support a slower pace transition than advised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), stating that the process should not be rushed as the technology to replace coal and gas is “not ready yet”.

Australian cross-sector associations split on the role of fossil gas

16 June 2022

In an interview with ABC RN Breakfast on the 7th June, the Business Council of Australia (BCA) CEO, Jennifer Westacott, stated that gas was a part of the net zero economy and described past moratoriums on fossil gas production as ‘unhelpful’. Meanwhile, on the same day, the CEOs of Ai Group and Clean Energy Council released a joint statement as part of a broader coalition of groups which called for a faster build out of renewables and a ‘speedier’ move away from natural gas towards alternatives such as electrification.

EU autos split on zero-emissions CO2 target

10 June 2022

On June 9th, European automotive industry associations including ACEA and VDA opposed the European Parliament’s plenary vote on a 2035 zero-emissions CO2 target for cars and vans. ACEA President and BMW CEO, Oliver Zipse, expressed his concern with the outcome and called for a halfway review to define post-2030 targets. Volvo Cars, on the other hand, appeared to support the decision, with CEO Jim Rowan stating: "given the climate crisis we all face, this demonstration of global leadership will help ensure the EU delivers on the goals of the Paris Agreement, which require 100 percent zero tailpipe emission vehicle sales in Europe by 2035".

Allianz strongly supports SEC climate disclosure rule

09 June 2022

In a statement on June 8th, Allianz board member and chair of the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance, Günther Thallinger, stated strong support for the SEC’s proposed rule on climate change disclosures and called for increased ambition in some areas of the rule.

VCI supports speeding up renewables projects alongside LNG infrastructure

09 June 2022

In a press release published on 2nd June, the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) supported speeding up permitting for renewable energy projects, but also advocated for the same treatment for industrial projects. It also supported new Liquified Natural Gas infrastructure in Germany.

Keidanren supports renewables and nuclear but ambiguous on carbon pricing

09 June 2022

In a June 1st policy statement on Japan’s ‘Sustainable Capitalism’, Keidanren supported a transition towards renewables and nuclear in the energy mix. However, it did not take a clear position on carbon pricing, citing a need for ‘more studies’ and ‘discussion’. Keidanren also stated support for ‘aggressive economic diplomacy strategy’ to support Asian countries to achieve carbon neutrality, without specific details.

Japan Climate Initiative and companies call for renewables under Japan's Clean Energy Strategy

09 June 2022

On June 3rd, the Japan Climate Initiative (JCI) published a message on its website calling for the Clean Energy Strategy currently under development by the Japanese government to “focus on promoting the development of renewable energies such as wind and solar power, to provide 40-50% of Japan’s power needs by 2030” and calling on the Japanese government to “push even harder for the expansion of renewable energy.” The message was endorsed by 285 organizations, including 201 companies.

Eurogas supports green hydrogen and unabated fossil gas

09 June 2022

In a 31st May newsletter, Eurogas Secretary General, James Watson, appeared to support measures for biomethane and green hydrogen in the REPowerEU proposal. However, it also promoted the role of unabated fossil gas, for coal to gas transitions and improvements in air quality.

Oil & gas companies support unabated fossil gas to produce hydrogen until 2035 in Texas

09 June 2022

News outlet Argus Media reported on 24th May that companies including Shell, BP, Exxon, Phillips 66, and Air Liquide had supported hydrogen production in Texas based on unabated fossil gas until 2035, suggesting this can be transitioned to low-carbon hydrogen by 2050.

BusinessEurope supports RePower EU with major exceptions

09 June 2022

In a message to the Special European Council on 30th-31st May, BusinessEurope supported the RePower EU proposal with major exceptions. The association did not support a windfall tax, advocating for the expansion of fossil gas exploration and production in the EU. However, it supported speeding up permitting processes for renewable energy.

ICI and Managed Funds Association unsupportive of SEC's ESG disclosure rules

09 June 2022

On May 26th 2022, Bloomberg reported that the Investment Company Institute (ICI) and the Managed Funds Association did not support the ESG disclosure rules for money managers proposed by the SEC on May 25th. The Investment Company Institute took issue with the requirement for some funds to disclose portfolio emissions, while the Managed Funds Association warned the Commission against adopting an “overly prescriptive” approach.

KOGAS CEO advocates for energy security over energy transition

09 June 2022

As reported by Australian Financial Review on the 25th of May, the CEO of Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), Chae Hee-bong, advocated for security of energy supply over the IPCC advised pace of energy transition at the World Gas Conference.

Federation of Electric Power Companies supports nuclear power generation

27 May 2022

At a press conference on May 20th, Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (FEPC) Chairman, Kazuhiro Ikebe, cited price increases in oil, coal, and natural gas to argue that while ‘the maximum use of renewable energy such as solar power and wind power is a given, ... nuclear power generation, which has a low fuel cost ratio, will play a very important role.’ He also pointed to data predicting declines in LNG investments to support nuclear power as a means to ‘secure Japan’s strategic advantage in fuel procurement’ and ‘contribute to easing the supply and demand of fuel in the world.’

BDI states support for increased renewable and hydrogen production

27 May 2022

In an 18th May press release, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) supported EU plans to accelerate renewable energy planning and approvals within the RePowerEU proposal, aimed at eliminating the EU’s reliance on Russian fossil fuels. It also supported increased hydrogen production and usage as part of the RePowerEU proposal eliminating the EU’s reliance on Russian fossil fuels, however appeared not to support stringent production criteria, calling for "pragmatism" and "flexible" green electricity criteria

CEOE supports fossil gas alongside renewable energy

27 May 2022

In a position statement outlining priorities for the Spanish Presidency of the EU Council, published on 22nd May, the Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales (CEOE) supported the energy transition with major exceptions. CEOE advocated for the EU Green Deal to promote renewable energy development and sustainable fuels, however it also advocated to relaunch Iberian fossil gas connections to diversify the European energy mix away from Russian fossil fuels.

US Chamber CEO advocates for further investments in to fossil gas

26 May 2022

In a May 2022 blog post by the US Chamber of Commerce, Senior Vice President for Policy, Martin Durbin, outlined seven "core elements" which would bridge climate and energy security, in which there was some support for converting fossil gas infrastructure to hydrogen with some reference to carbon capture and storage (CCS), as well as some support for the electrification of transport. However, support was also expressed for further infrastructure and investments that will lock in unabated fossil gas.

WindEurope, SolarPower Europe and Iberdrola support Repower EU's proposal to accelerate renewable energy deployment

25 May 2022

Following the EU Commission’s REPowerEU announcement, several energy sector industry associations including WindEurope and SolarPower Europe supported the proposal, particularly measures to accelerate renewable energy. Utility Iberdrola’s CEO, Ignacio Galan, stated that REPowerEU would help accelerate investments into renewable energy and green hydrogen.

BusinessEurope opposes increased ambition to the ETS and CBAM

25 May 2022

In a press release on 18th May, BusinessEurope Director, General Markus J. Beyrer, stated opposition to the EU Parliament Environment Committee’s vote to increase the ambition of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism by speeding up the phase out of the free allocation of emissions allowances in the EU ETS. He also did not support the proposal to make free allowances conditional on decarbonization efforts.

Financial corporations oppose climate risk disclosures

25 May 2022

In May 2022 the Investment Company Institute, American Council of Life Insurers, AllianceBernstein, and Insight Investment submitted comments in response to the Department of Labor’s request for input on Possible Agency Actions to Protect Life Savings and Pensions from Threats of Climate-Related Financial Risk. The entities did not support a requirement for retirement plans to disclose climate risks and did not support a requirement for plan fiduciaries to consider climate risk in decision making.

Eni, National Association of Manufacturers and AFBF oppose SEC's climate disclosure rule

25 May 2022

In a May 19th press release, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) stated it is “mobilizing to defend manufacturers” in response to the Securities & Exchange Commission’s (SEC) climate disclosure rule. NAM argued that disclosure should be "less prescriptive, more flexible and solely based on materiality". Meanwhile, The American Farm Bureau Federation released an "Action Alert" calling on farmers to submit oppositional comments to the SEC through an application on their website. Finally, on May 10th, Grantt Bedford, Director of Safety, Environment and Quality at Eni US, submitted a comment to the SEC opposing its proposal on climate change disclosures.

Business Council of Australia and Ai Group support Labor's climate mandate

25 May 2022

In press releases on the 22nd May, Australian business associations the Business Council of Australia and Ai Group both congratulated Labor’s election result and stated that the decarbonization of the economy should be a high priority for the new government.

Fortescue advocates for more ambitious 2030 targets

25 May 2022

In a May 24th Bloomberg article, Fortescue Metals Group Chairman, Andrew Forrest, supported increasing Australia’s national emissions reductions target to 50-60% by 2030, up from Labor’s current goal of 43% by 2030. Forrest stated that “there’s no reason why” Labor cannot do this, specifically referencing Australian solar and wind resources to assist in meeting the emissions reduction target.

Corporate Leaders Group calls for strengthened EU ETS

23 May 2022

On 11th May, ahead of the REPowerEU plan, Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) Europe published a joint letter that highlighted a strengthened EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is needed to deliver on the EU’s targets.

Siemens advocates for U.S. clean energy tax package

18 May 2022

On an 11th May 'LEAD on Climate 2022' briefing with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Siemens directly advocated for Congress to pass the US clean energy tax package as proposed in the Build Back Better Reconciliation Bill. In a Ceres press release, Siemens USA CEO, Barbara Humpton, further urged lawmakers to pass the package, arguing that "the federal government has a powerful role to play to seed the investments in building and deploying the clean power infrastructure the U.S. needs to meet its energy security, economic, and climate goals".

Utilities support U.S. clean energy tax package

18 May 2022

In a May 12th sign-on letter that included Enel North America, Engie, and EDF Renewables, the industry association Advanced Energy Economy directly advocated to U.S. Senators to pass the clean energy tax package in the federal reconciliation bill. Talks on the climate package have been renewed at Congress, as Senators are aiming to agree on a reconciliation package before Memorial Day recess.

CalChamber not fully supporting California climate plan

18 May 2022

California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) did not fully support the recently released California draft climate plan, emphasizing in a May 10th press release that it instead supports policies that include market-based and technology-neutral provisions.

EU industry associations unsupportive of CBAM and EU ETS reforms

18 May 2022

In a joint statement published on 11th May, energy-intensive industry associations including Eurofer, CEMBUREAU, FuelsEurope and International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers did not support reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), including the proposal to strengthen the Market Stability Reserve and rebase the emissions cap. The associations also did not support the EU Commission’s proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), suggesting that the free allocation of emissions allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) should be maintained until 2030.

Eurelectric supports ETS reform and fossil gas

18 May 2022

Eurelectric released its recommendations to the EU Parliament’s Environment Committee on the 10th May, ahead of its vote on the EU Emission Trading System’s (EU ETS) reforms. The group supported the overall ambition in the European Commission’s proposal and measures to strengthen the effectiveness of the EU ETS. However, Eurelectric also supported the financing of fossil gas projects under the EU Modernisation Fund.

European Round Table for Industry communicates mixed position on energy mix

18 May 2022

In a 12th May statement, the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) advocated a mixed position on the transition of the energy mix. ERT advocated for the EU to reduce its demand for gas, broadly supporting the EU Gas and Hydrogen Decarbonization Package, and carbon contracts for difference, however it also supported increasing fossil gas production and infrastructure, and "renewable and low carbon" hydrogen.

KAMA Chairman unsupportive of regulations on hydrogen industry

18 May 2022

On 12th May at the Hyvolution Exhibition and Forum in Paris, the Chairman of the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA), Jung Man-ki, supported increased ‘policy resource’ input to foster the ‘hydrogen economy’, while stating that hydrogen policies should not lead to the regulation of industry.

Whitehaven Coal CEO supports coal and gas

18 May 2022

Whitehaven CEO Paul Flynn published a guest article in the Financial Review on 18th May, titled “There is no green energy transition without coal to back it up”. In the article, Flynn stated that Australian coal and gas have a vital role to play in the country’s energy transition, supported a technology neutral transition, and appeared unsupportive of the use of renewables in Europe in response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Equinor advocates for fossil gas and 'all types of hydrogen'

17 May 2022

In a 12th April consultation response on the EU’s Hydrogen and Gas Decarbonisation Package, released this week, Equinor advocated for the role of fossil gas in the energy transition, stating that all types of hydrogen will be required to meet the EU’s climate ambitions, and that this will require ‘new sources’ of fossil gas.

Airlines for Europe advocates for free allowances for aviation

11 May 2022

According to a May 11th 2022 Politico report, a proposal by Airlines for Europe (A4E) advocated for continued free emissions allowances for aviation under the EU Emissions Trading System, allocated based on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) usage. The proposal argues the mechanisms would incentivize the deployment of SAFs more than a mandate.

BusinessEurope opposes the EU's CBAM proposal

11 May 2022

In a letter to the EU Parliament Environment Committee in May 2022, BusinessEurope did not support the EU Commission’s proposal for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), suggesting that the free allocation of emissions allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) should be maintained until 2030 at its current level. BusinessEurope also stated that the EU ETS reform should avoid “disproportionate cost burdens and undermining carbon leakage measures.”

Confindustria advocates for EU ETS suspension

11 May 2022

In a 6th May 2022 press release, the President of Confindustria strongly opposed the EU ETS, calling for the EU’s flagship emissions trading system to be suspended and suggesting that it over-penalizes Italian companies. The association has repeatedly made this call since it was first detected by InfluenceMap in March 2022.

Eurelectric signs letter advocating for EU vehicles emissions targets

11 May 2022

On 4th May, Eurelectric signed a joint letter urging the EU Parliament’s environment committee to support a 2035 CO2 zero-emissions target (and effective ICE vehicle phase-out) ahead of the Parliament vote on 11th May. Eurelectric also advocated for higher CO2 reduction targets for carmakers in 2025, 2030 and an interim target in 2027, as well as calling for a rejection of loopholes being pushed by the oil & gas industry that would allow carmakers to buy fuel credits to comply with CO2 targets.

Gas Infrastructure Europe opposes EU's CO2 emission standards

11 May 2022

In a 4th May joint report, Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) did not appear to support the EU’s CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles, instead promoting the use of alternative ICE (internal combustion engine) technologies in heavy-duty vehicles, such as bio-LNG. In the same report, GIE also supported the EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation with major exceptions, such as advocating for the inclusion of LNG and CNG infrastructure in the scope of the policy.

Euracoal pushes coal to replace Russian fossil fuels in the EU

11 May 2022

In a May 9th Forum24 article, Euracoal Secretary General, Brian Ricketts, supported the diversification of Europe’s energy mix away from dependency on Russian fossil fuels by supporting the use of coal imported from Australia and the United States. Ricketts said that “coal is the easiest problem to solve”, and stated that the two countries could replace 70 percent of Russian coal imported into the EU.

American Gas Association and Cheniere unsupportive of FERC climate policy

05 May 2022

In April 25th comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the American Gas Association opposed the draft gas policy update and stated that the Commission was acting beyond its statutory authority in proposing that climate impacts be considered in the updated interstate gas pipeline approval process. Similarly, Cheniere Energy advocated for the Commission to remove the proposed GHG emissions threshold from the draft update.

Volvo and EU energy associations advocate for policy support on gas

05 May 2022

In a 3rd May joint letter, several European gas-sector trade associations including Eurogas, Gas Infrastructure Europe, GasNaturally, Gas Distributors for Sustainability, along with Volvo advocated to weaken the EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation by providing greater support and ambition to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) infrastructure.

Korea Independent Power Producers Association support continued role for coal subsidies

04 May 2022

On the 1st of May, the Korea Economic Daily reported that the Korea Independent Power Producers Association (IPPA) sent a policy proposal on coal-fired power plants to South Korea's Commission on Presidential Transition. IPPA argued that the early retirement of older coal-fired power plants could be accomplished in early stages due to the abolition of nuclear phase-out policy; however, the association argues that newer coal plants should continue to operate. The association also insisted that “enough compensation should be provided to private power producers” if the government would close down coal-fired power plants.

BASF subsidiary Wintershall Dea supports new EU fossil fuel infrastructure

29 April 2022

The news outlet DW reported on 21st April that BASF subsidiary Wintershall Dea supported diversifying the energy mix in Europe away from dependency on Russian fossil fuels, by supporting new oil infrastructure. It also suggested that fracking in Germany is technically feasible, but not politically possible.

Siemens Energy CEO appears to support French climate law

27 April 2022

In an April 25th Twitter post, Siemens Gamesa CEO, Jochen Eickholt, appeared to support French Climate Law, which legislates a 2050 climate neutrality target, stating that Siemens Gamesa “looks forward to working with the French government on its journey to net zero by 2050 and supporting its plans to secure energy independence”. Siemens Gamesa is a subsidiary of Siemens Energy.

Volkswagen advocates for European fossil fuel phase out by 2040

27 April 2022

In an April 22nd Automotive News media report, Markus Duesmann, CEO of Audi (a Volkswagen subsidiary), advocated for the complete phase-out of fossil fuel use across the European automotive industry by 2040, urging Europeans to "put all their energy towards battery-electric vehicles for individual mobility".

Evergy opposes coal phase out in Kansas City

27 April 2022

According to an April 22nd article by the Kansas City Star, Evergy directly advocated to Kansas City policymakers to oppose the coal phase-out provisions in the city’s climate action plan.

Edison Electric Institute suggests CCS can facilitate increased fossil gas

27 April 2022

In April 18th comments to the federal regulatory docket on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) guidance, Edison Electric Institute suggested that CCS can be used to increase or sustain the current amount of fossil gas in the energy mix, stating that “consistent, coordinated, and streamlined federal regulations on CCUS are essential to ensuring the continued availability of natural gas as a 24/7 on-demand energy source.”

GS Energy states support for nuclear power

27 April 2022

On the 26th of April, the CEO of GS Energy, Huh Yong-soo, stated that small modular reactors (SMR) would be “the most effective means of achieving carbon neutrality”. However, the CEO did not specify how the role of nuclear would lead to a full transition towards a zero-emission energy system.

Confindustria advocates for suspension of EU ETS and increase in fossil gas

20 April 2022

In an April 12th Italian parliamentary hearing, Confindustria advocated for an increase in domestic fossil gas production and proposed a suspension of the EU ETS to reduce energy prices. The association also supported renewable energy legislation, including accelerating approvals for projects.

Cefic communicates mixed positions on hydrogen and gas

20 April 2022

In a position paper on the Hydrogen and Gas Markets Decarbonization Package, published on 12th April 2022, Cefic did not support the proposal to blend hydrogen with fossil gas, preferring pure fossil gas networks. The association stated support for the roll out of low-carbon and renewable solutions, including hydrogen, albeit in a technology neutral manner. Cefic also seemed supportive of the phase out of unabated fossil gas in the energy mix, but advocated for long-term gas contracts to create low-carbon hydrogen and for carbon capture use and storage (CCUS).

WindEurope and SolarPower Europe support less Russian fossil fuels and increased renewables in EU

20 April 2022

In a 13th April joint letter to EU policymakers, industry associations WindEurope and SolarPower Europe supported the EU Commission’s REPowerEU plan to reduce the bloc’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels. The letter also advocated for an increase in renewable energy capacity and storage investments in the EU.

Sempra supports California decarbonization roadmap with major exceptions

13 April 2022

In a corporate report titled “The Path to Net Zero: A Decarbonization Roadmap for California”, released on April 5th, Sempra subsidiary San Diego Gas & Electric appeared to support the electrification of the state building and transportation sectors with major exceptions. The subsidiary emphasized the need for “clean fuels” without clarifying a position on decarbonizing hydrogen production or on the need to deploy methane abatement or CCS measures on the continued use of fossil gas.

VCI supports Germany's Easter Energy Strategy

13 April 2022

In a press release on 6th April, Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) Director General Wolfgang Große Entrup supported Germany’s Easter Energy Strategy to diversify the energy mix away from Russian fossil fuels. He was supportive of increasing renewable energy production, although he was also in favor of reducing the German Renewable Energy Levy (EEG) to zero. The Director General also advocated for new LNG infrastructure.

Fortum advocates for continued role for LNG in the EU gas package

13 April 2022

In an April 2022 position paper on the EU Hydrogen and Gas Decarbonization Package, Fortum supported the package with major exceptions. The utility promoted a continued role of unabated fossil gas, supported fossil gas and hydrogen blending, and supported exemptions for LNG in the package.

Bank of America supports SEC's climate disclosure rule

13 April 2022

On April 8th, Bank of America expressed support for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed climate disclosure rule, emphasizing that Scope 3 disclosures should not be immediately required.

Oil majors testify in favor of expanded fossil fuel production in the US

13 April 2022

On April 6th, senior executives from Shell, BP, ExxonMobil and Chevron gave written testimony to The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, all advocating in favor of expanded oil and gas production. ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods called for policies to encourage further investment into oil and gas production and infrastructure. Mike Wirth, CEO of Chevron stressed the importance of working with policymakers to accelerate ‘new energy exploration’ or ‘streamlining the permitting process’. President of BP America, David Lawler, appeared to support the continuation of fossil fuel investments. Similarly, Shell USA President, Gretchen Watkins, stated support for an accelerated energy transition while simultaneously advocating for measures to increase oil and gas production in the short term in response to the Ukraine crisis. These included accelerated permitting of projects and an end to the pause on new federal oil and gas leases.

Advanced Energy Economy CEO advocates for heat pumps

07 April 2022

In an April 3rd article by The Hill, the CEO of Advanced Energy Economy advocated for President Biden to invoke the Defense Production Act to accelerate the deployment of heat pumps for both domestic use and to send to Europe to reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels.

CBI Director-General urges UK government to uphold net zero target

06 April 2022

In an article in The Express on 31st March, the Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry reportedly urged the UK Government not to drop its net-zero target, arguing that “growth is green”.

BusinessEurope supports Energy Taxation Directive

06 April 2022

In direct consultation with EU Parliament rapporteur for the Energy Taxation Directive (ETD) on the 18th March, BusinessEurope Green Tax Group supported the revision of the ETD and the reform to introduce a framework based on energy content. However, the group stressed concerns regarding elements which they said would harm the competitiveness of energy-intensive industry.

US businesses support Maryland 2030 and 2045 GHG targets

06 April 2022

U.S. businesses including Walmart, Siemens USA, Nestle, DSM North America, and others signed a joint letter organized by Ceres strongly supporting legislation in Maryland that would require the state to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2045, with at least a 50% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030.

SIFMA CEO concerned about SEC proposed rules on climate change disclosure

06 April 2022

Following the release of the SEC’s proposed rule-making on climate change disclosures on March 21st, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) released a statement from CEO Kenneth Bentsen that expressed concerns with some aspects of the proposal including Scope 3 disclosures, “limited” safe harbor provisions, and “hastened” implementation timelines.

Dow CEO calls for policy to support fossil gas

06 April 2022

In a March 2021 speech to the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers’ Conference, Dow CEO Jim Fitterling called for an “all-of-the-above" energy policy that included fossil gas and suggested that renewable energy alone is not the solution.

Queensland Resources Council CEO supports increasing domestic gas supply

06 April 2022

On March 30th, Mining Weekly reported that Queensland Resources Council (QRC) CEO Ian Macfarlane supported the Australian federal government’s 2022/23 budget, specifically backing the government’s commitment to develop a reliable supply of domestic gas. Macfarlane appeared to support an increase in gas in the energy mix, citing that current “geopolitical uncertainty” supports the case for more local supply chains of gas.

Xcel Energy opposes updated Colorado GHG targets

31 March 2022

According to Colorado state lobbying records for the 2022 legislative session, Xcel Energy has been lobbying since March 17th against Colorado Senate Bill 22-138, which includes updated statewide GHG emissions reduction targets for 2028 and 2040. Previously, in February 2022, the utility had been monitoring the bill and has since changed its position to “oppose”.

Daimler Trucks CEO raises cost concerns over heavy-duty EVs

31 March 2022

In a March 27th interview with the Financial Times, Daimler Trucks CEO, Martin Daum, emphasized that the costs of electric heavy-duty vehicles will “forever be higher” than combustion engine equivalents, while appearing to also support subsidies to promote the electrification of heavy-duty transport.

Origin supports fossil fuel subsidies in senate testimony

30 March 2022

On the 25th March, Origin gave testimony at the senate inquiry into oil and gas exploration at the Beetaloo Basin, in which it appeared to support the long-term role of fossil gas in the energy mix, as well as stating support for fossil fuel subsidies.

National Mining Association considers US coal plants shutdown premature

30 March 2022

On the 15th of March, Fox Business reported that National Mining Association CEO Rich Nolan believes U.S. coal plants were shut down prematurely. Nolan also stated that coal producers in the U.S. can contribute to the current European energy crisis, owing to the conflict in Ukraine, particularly as the U.S. has more coal reserves than any other country globally.

BusinessEurope opposes the proposed 2035 ICE phase-out target

24 March 2022

In a letter to the Chair of the EU Environment Council on 16th March, BusinessEurope opposed the EU Commission’s proposed CO2 standards to phase out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2035 on the basis of technology neutrality in road transportation, as it suggested that it is “impractical and risks large negative employment effects.”

BusinessEurope suggests reassessment of timelines Fit for 55

24 March 2022

In a letter to the Chair of the EU Environment Council on 16th March, BusinessEurope suggested that the Fit for 55 package and its timelines should be reassessed to balance climate goals with a transition that is “economically and socially bearable.” However, the association advocated that the RePower EU plan should go further to speed up permitting timelines for renewable and low-carbon energy projects.

Bank Policy Institute voice concerns over SEC's proposed rule-making on climate disclosures

24 March 2022

Following the release of the US Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) proposed rule-making on climate disclosures, the Bank Policy Institute published a press release on March 21st arguing that the proposal was “overly ambitious”, and urged the SEC to move forward in a more measured way.

API appears to oppose SEC's proposed rule-making on climate disclosures

24 March 2022

In a March 21st press release, the American Petroleum Institute (API) did not appear to support the US Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed rule on climate change disclosures. API argued that it would “create confusion for investors and capital markets”.

Verbund supports new fossil fuel infrastructure

24 March 2022

In a 17th March Twitter post, Verbund CEO Michael Strugl advocated for diversifying the energy mix in Europe away from dependency on fossil fuels imports, by supporting new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Suzuki supports alternative vehicle technologies in India over EV's

18 March 2022

In an Economic Times article published on the 15th March, Chairman of Maruti Suzuki, RC Bhargava, appeared unsupportive of the electrification of transportation in India, arguing that "electric vehicles will not give the intended reduction in carbon emissions for the next 10-15 years". He called on the government to support alternative technologies such as compressed natural gas (CNG), bio-CNG, ethanol and hybrid vehicles, including lower taxation.

Eurogas pushes LNG amid Ukraine crisis

18 March 2022

In a 9th March article by SP Global, Eurogas secretary general, James Watson, advocated for greater liquified natural gas (LNG), labelling it “part of the solution” to diversifying the European energy mix away from Russian fossil gas.

Sempra advocates for US LNG to replace Russian gas in Europe

16 March 2022

During CERAWeek, a representative from subsidiary Sempra Infrastructure was reported in a March 14th article as advocating to replace Russian fossil gas with U.S. LNG, stating that “U.S. LNG should replace all of Russian gas to Europe.”

AGA continues to push for increased domestic fossil gas production

16 March 2022

The American Gas Association continues to advocate for domestic fossil gas production in response to the crisis in Ukraine and rising gas prices in Europe. In a March 7th press release, CEO Karen Harbert called fossil gas “a strategic and essential asset for our country and the world.” In a March 9th press release, Harbert responded to the U.S. ban on Russian fossil fuel imports by advocating for domestic fossil gas as the more secure alternative to “the international market for LNG.”

SSE reaffirms net zero support

16 March 2022

On 10th March, SSE CEO, Alistair Phillips-Davies, stated in a media release that the company remained a strong advocate for the UK’s net zero 2050 target.

Hyundai Steel Vice President called for policies to decarbonize steel

11 March 2022

On 7th March, Steel & Metal News Korea released an interview with Hyundai Steel Executive Vice President Yong-hee Kim, in which he appeared to accept the necessity of decarbonizing the steel industry through the transition from blast to electric furnaces. VP Kim called for ‘active support’ from government via ‘policies and projects’ to overcome technological barriers and encourage investment in new technologies.

Blackrock communicated with Texas regulators in support of investment in oil and gas

09 March 2022

Emails from January 2022 obtained by an InfluenceMap Freedom of Information Request show evidence of BlackRock communicating support for continued investment in oil and gas to Texas regulators.

CEMBUREAU unsupportive EU Renewable Energy Directive reform

09 March 2022

On the 25th February, CEMBUREAU published a position paper arguing against a reform of the Renewable Energy Directive to remove exemptions for waste biomass from GHG saving criteria, advocating that the cement industry uses waste biomass to replace fossil fuels in the production process.

Confindustria called for temporary suspension of EU ETS

09 March 2022

According to an article on 1st March by Carbon Pulse, Confindustria reportedly called for a temporary suspension of the EU carbon market to ease pressure on industry due to high gas prices and the risk of a gas supply cut by Russia.

AGA supported fossil gas and renewable natural gas in its 2022 Playbook

09 March 2022

On March 4th, American Gas Association (AGA) released its 2022 Playbook in which it advocated for the long-term role of fossil gas and “renewable natural gas” without providing any clear conditions on CCS or methane abatement measures. The association emphasized the reliability and affordability of the fossil fuel and stated in the accompanying press release that it was “bringing much needed clarity to the debate about our energy future in the U.S”

ConocoPhillips and Chevron CEOs criticized US energy and climate policies

09 March 2022

On 8th March 2022 at CERAWeek, ConocoPhillip’s CEO Ryan Lance stated that “poor energy policy, poor regulatory policy” in the US have led to the current energy crisis. This appears to be an attempt to leverage the current situation in Ukraine to criticize US policies designed to transition the energy mix and address climate change. Lance further complained about the ‘maligning of the fossil fuel industry’ and the ‘drive towards a cliff transition’.

In amilder statement, Chevron’s CEO, Mike Wirth, told investors at Chevron’s Investor Day Presentation on the 1st March, that US energy policy has been too focused on producing cleaner energy, and not on affordability and reliability. Wirth called for a greater ‘balancing’ of the three.

QRC chief executive stated coal-fired power stations will close in a decade in Australia

09 March 2022

In a March 3rd news article, ABC News reported that Ian Macfarlane, the chief executive of Queensland Resources Council (QRC), believed that domestic Australian coal-fired power stations could be closed within a decade. Macfarlane said that “domestic coal-fired generation is rapidly approaching the time when it will close and that might be within the decade”, particularly considering the accelerated closure of other stations across Australia.

This admission is unprecedented, particularly as QRC has consistently supported coal in the energy mix, including in a February 2022 press release wherein Macfarlane stated that the council was engaging with government to support coal and gas under Queensland’s draft Resources Industry Development Plan.

PSEG CEO supported clean energy tax credits in Build Back Better Act

03 March 2022

In a February 28th interview with Yahoo Finance to discuss energy markets, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) CEO Ralph Izzo supported the proposed clean energy tax credits in the Build Back Better Act and stated that these climate provisions are “desperately needed.”

Sempra supported California renewable gas standard

03 March 2022

In a February 24th press release, Sempra subsidiary SoCalGas broadly supported the new California renewable gas standard. The Public Utilities Commission has established biomethane procurement goals for 2025 and 2030, making California the first state in the U.S. to enact this kind of standard.

European Round Table for Industry supported EU green transition

03 March 2022

In a press release on 1st March, the European Round Table for Industry stated that it had supported accelerating the green transition in the context of geopolitical disruption in a meeting with President Macron, Chancellor Scholz and President Von Der Leyen in Paris.

WindEurope, Siemens Energy, and General Electric called for support on wind energy in EU

01 March 2022

In a 22nd February joint letter to the President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, trade association WindEurope and companies Siemens Energy and General Electric, among others, called for the EU to improve and create new measures to support the expansion of the wind energy sector. This included more streamlined permitting, changes to auction bidding, and more support for innovation.

Exelon subsidiaries oppose the Maryland Climate Solutions Now Act

25 February 2022

As reported on February 16th, Exelon subsidiaries Pepco and BGE opposed the Maryland Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022. In testimony during a hearing before the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, the subsidiaries stated that the building electrification provisions of the bill went “too far, too fast” and appeared to oppose bans on fossil gas.

NRG Energy appears to oppose electrification mandates

25 February 2022

In February 8th comments to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities docket on gas capacity planning, NRG appeared to oppose electrification mandates and suggest that the Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix long-term role for fossil gas and “renewable natural gas” in the energy mix is desirable, without providing any clear conditions on CCS or methane abatement measures.

Eurelectric and IETA among associations that state strong support for the ETS

24 February 2022

In a February 2022 joint letter to Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, several trade associations including Eurelectric and International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), advocated strongly in favour of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The letter called for the EU ETS to remain as the “cornerstone of European climate policy”, for its promotion of regulatory certainty.

Shell foresees major role for LNG in Asia's energy transition

24 February 2022

A representative from Shell was reported by OilPrice to have stated that the company anticipates a 90% growth in LNG over the next 20 years, being driven primarily by demand in Asia as countries replace more polluting sources, adding that ‘focusing on cleaner forms of gas and decarbonisation measures will help LNG to remain a reliable and flexible energy source for decades to come’

Portland Cement Association reportedly supports CCS provisions in the BBBA

24 February 2022

Politico reported that a senior executive of Portland Cement Association supported the tax credits and assistance for carbon capture and storage in the Build Back Better legislation and urged for them to be pushed through on their own or in a package of incentives.

US Chamber of Commerce advocate for market driven and flexible sustainable finance policies

24 February 2022

The US Chamber of Commerce responded to US and global consultations on integrating climate risk into financial regulation, advocating for a market-driven approach to tackling climate financial risk and arguing that any regulation must be highly flexible.

Coalition of companies push for climate provisions in the BBBA

18 February 2022

In a February 9th Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) letter to Congressional leadership, a group of companies advocated for the passage of the climate provisions in the Build Back Better Act. The companies specifically supported the clean energy tax credits and called for Congress to “overcome the present impasse.”

US Chamber of Commerce opposed Federal Reserve nominees for past criticism on lending to fossil fuels

18 February 2022

Republicans on the Senate Banking Committee are obstructing the nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin to the Federal Reserve, along with four other Federal Reserve nominees. This opposition follows a letter sent to the Committee by the US Chamber that raised concerns about Bloom Raskin’s past criticisms of lending to fossil fuel companies.

Companies plan to meet US congress in support of reconciliation bill

18 February 2022

Multiple companies, including DSM, General Motors, LafargeHolcim, Salesforce, Siemens, in collaboration with Ceres, are planning to meet with Congressional officials to urge swift passage of a federal reconciliation bill that includes historic climate, clean energy, and environmental justice investments.

Siemens Energy supports fossil gas in EU taxonomy

16 February 2022

In a statement in its February 2022 Q1 Earnings Call, Siemens Energy appeared to support the weakening of the EU's sustainable finance taxonomy to include electricity generation from fossil gas.

Eurofer unsupportive of stringent EU CBAM

16 February 2022

In a webinar organized by Euractiv, the Director General of Eurofer, Axel Eggert, did not support the EU Commission’s proposal for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) as it did not support phasing out free allocation from 2023. He also advocated for a solution for exports to be included in the CBAM.

BusinessEurope unsupportive of reforms to EU ETS

16 February 2022

In a webinar with the rapporteur for the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System in the EU Parliament, Peter Liese, the Director General of BusinessEurope Markus J. Beyrer stated that the organization did not support the EU Commission’s proposed reforms to the EU ETS. In particular, he advocated against the reduction in free allocation of emissions allowances, and suggested that the proposal needs significant changes.

CEO of Volkswagen subsidiary Porsche states support ICE vehicles and eFuels

11 February 2022

In a February 2022 Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland interview, the CEO of Porsche (a Volkswagen subsidiary), Oliver Blume, appeared to support the long-term role of internal combustion engine vehicles, alongside advocating for the use of e-fuels to decarbonize ICE vehicles over the electrification of transportation.

Confindustria called for increasing fossil fuel production

09 February 2022

In a February 2022 press release, Confindustria reiterated proposals to increase fossil gas production in Italy, advocating for a doubling of domestic production without conditions around use of CCS, risking locking in unabated fossil fuel use.

GasNaturally supports gas in EU taxonomy and electricity

09 February 2022

In a February 2022 press release, president of trade association GasNaturally, Dawn Summers, welcomed the weakening of the EU Commission's proposal for the sustainable finance taxonomy by including fossil gas. The statement also advocated for greater recognition of fossil gas, and a higher threshold of 340g CO2e/kWh for electricity generation to enable the inclusion of more fossil gas technologies

BusinessEurope unsupportive of phasing out free allowance in EU CBAM

09 February 2022

In January, Euractiv reported that BusinessEurope did not support the EU Parliament or EU Commission’s proposals for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) to phase out free allocation and replacing it with a “wholly unpredictable” mode of carbon leakage protection, suggesting that the proposed timeline is rushed. However, it did support the creation of an EU-level CBAM authority.

IOGP supports weakening EU sustainable finance taxonomy

09 February 2022

In a press release, IOGP Europe praised the EU commission's proposal to weaken the sustainable finance taxonomy by including fossil gas and appeared to advocate for the technical criteria to also be weakened to allow for more fossil gas projects to be included.

American Clean Power Association supporting Virginia Clean Economy Act

09 February 2022

In February 3rd written testimony to the Virginia House Commerce and Energy Committee, the American Clean Power Association advocated for policymakers to oppose House Bill 118, which would repeal the renewable energy requirements of the Virginia Clean Economy Act. This support for the Virginia Clean Economy Act, enacted in 2020, arrives at a time when several pieces of legislation are being introduced in the state in the effort to rollback provisions of the law.

European budget airlines call for climate policies to apply to all flights

04 February 2022

easyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air signed a joint letter advocating for the EU’s aviation climate policies to apply to all flights departing from European airports, not just intra-EU flights, and opposing new EU mechanisms to address carbon leakage. This includes expanding the scope of the EU ETS for aviation to include all international flights, and supporting the inclusion of all departing international flights in the EU’s sustainable aviation fuels mandate.

Edison Electric Institute advocates for the EPA to continue to regulate GHG emissions

02 February 2022

On January 25th, Edison Electric Institute filed a legal brief together with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, in which it advocated for the Supreme Court to uphold the EPA’s authority to regulate GHG emissions. EEI stated preference for allowing “reasonable regulation of GHGs” over an alternative outcome in which the power industry were subject to a “multiplicity of tort suits.”

Big tech supports the EPA's right to regulate GHG emissions

02 February 2022

All five Big Tech companies alongside other companies including Netflix, Siemens, and Johnson Controls filed a legal brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the EPA’s right to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The brief is meant to persuade the Court against siding with the state of West Virginia in its case against the EPA. The case has clear implications for the future of US climate regulation.

BDI states support for energy efficiency measures

02 February 2022

The Federation of German Industries (BDI) strongly supported energy efficiency legislation in Germany in a January 2022 press release, requesting that the ‘Effizienzhaus 55’ funding program be reintroduced, following news that the federal government had terminated the funding stream.

BusinessEurope voices opposition to various EU climate policies

02 February 2022

In a letter to the French presidency of the EU in January, BusinessEurope explained that it did not support the EU Commission’s proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism. It also advocated for carbon leakage protection for indirect and direct emissions and emphasised the need for “sufficient” free allocation of emission allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System. In addition, BusinessEurope stated that it did not support the proposed CO2 standards for light duty vehicles.

Eurogas and GIE voice support for weaker thresholds in the taxonomy

02 February 2022

Trade associations Eurogas and Gas Infrastructure Europe signed a January 2022 joint letter supporting a weakening of the EU Commission's proposal for the sustainable finance taxonomy in its decision to include fossil gas. The groups also advocated for further amendments to recognize a greater role of fossil gas in the energy mix.

AEP appears to support BBBA climate provisions

02 February 2022

In a January 31st interview with S&P Global, AEP withheld support for the corporate alternative minimum tax in the Build Back Better Act but appeared to advocate for the passage of the Act’s climate provisions in a separate bill even if the reconciliation bill fails in the Senate.

CEC supports Tasmania's 2030 net zero target and pushes for electrification

02 February 2022

The Clean Energy Council (CEC) advocated for the Tasmanian government to phase-out fossil gas use in the state by 2030 to match its net zero target and pushed for rapid electrification in its consultation submission on the Future Gas Strategy.

Eurogas lobbies to amend key taxonomy threshold

26 January 2022

Euractiv reported in January 2022 that trade association, Eurogas, welcomed the EU Commission’s Sustainable Finance Taxonomy draft proposal that included fossil gas and nuclear power, and advocated for a higher initial threshold for electricity generation of 350g CO2/kWh to enable the inclusion of fossil gas technologies.

BDI states mixed support for carbon pricing

26 January 2022

The President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) adopted a mixed position on the introduction of carbon pricing in G7 states in a January 2022 press release, stating that the introduction should be gradual. The association did not support increasing the ambition of the EU Emissions Trading System in feedback to the EU Commission in November 2021, advocating for sustained free allowances and appearing not to support the inclusion of maritime emissions in the ETS.

Confindustria advocate for an increase in fossil gas production

26 January 2022

In a press release, Confindustria presented business proposals to share at an Italian inter-ministerial roundtable designed to deal with EU energy prices, including supporting increasing domestic fossil gas production by 3bn cubic meters per year.

Southern testified in support of investment on electric vehicles

21 January 2022

On January 12th, Southern testified in support of federal funding toward electric vehicle research and deployment before the US House Committee on Agriculture. In its testimony for the committee hearing on “Implications of Electric Vehicle Investments for Agriculture and Rural America,” the utility supported the electric vehicle investments in the bipartisan infrastructure bill and advocated for more funding toward electric vehicles.

NextEra support Florida Senate Bill 1024

17 January 2022

Florida Senate Bill 1024, which aims to remove rooftop solar incentives and has been supported by NextEra subsidiary Florida Power & Light, was approved by the state Senate Regulated Industries Committee on January 11th. Previously in December, the Tampa Bay Times had reported on how Florida Power & Light had engaged with state policymakers to draft and introduce this piece of legislation.

IIGCC criticize the EU's proposal to weaken the taxonomy

17 January 2022

The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) published an open letter heavily criticizing the European Commission’s proposal to weaken the taxonomy regulation by allowing some natural gas to be considered ‘green’

ERT supports the EU's Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive

14 January 2022

In a December 2021 report, the European Round Table for Industry appeared to support the EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, supporting an expanded role for zero-emissions hydrogen, EV charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure.

ERT places caveats on support for EU's CBAM

14 January 2022

In a December 2021 report, the European Round Table for Industry appeared to support a carbon border adjustment mechanism with caveats, urging "realism" on the intersection between emissions trading and adjustments.

Consolidated Edison supports New York's 2030 solar power target

05 January 2022

Consolidated Edison released a Tweet on December 20th in support of New York Governor Hochul’s framework to achieve at least 10 gigawatts of distributed solar by 2030 in the state.

Eurofer unsupportive of EU CBAM and strengthening ETS

16 December 2021

Speaking to the Financial Times, the Director General of Eurofer Axel Eggert did not support the EU Commission’s proposal for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, and opposed the phase out of the free allocation of emissions allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System. He stated that “rather than CBAM greening the EU industry, it would shrink it.”

US Chamber of Commerce appears to oppose methane fee in Build Back Better Act

16 December 2021

The US Chamber of Commerce, via the Global Energy Institute, appears to have joined oil and gas industry groups in opposition to the methane fee in the Build Back Better Act. A tweet from the Global Energy Institute’s Vice President for Policy appears to oppose the fee, referencing a discussion on methane hosted by the Global Energy Institute on December 2nd.

BusinessEurope seeking to weaken EU taxonomy

16 December 2021

In a tweet following the publication of the first delegated act under the EU’s taxonomy regulation, BusinessEurope appeared to call for a weakening of the taxonomy to include gas and nuclear power generation. They stated that “Investments in all zero- and low-carbon energy sources and solutions necessary for the transition must now be integrated into the #taxonomy”

ExxonMobil's ambiguous messaging on climate change

16 December 2021

An ExxonMobil Lobbyist and vice president was recorded at the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission panel on November 9th stating: 'It's a strange deal for a scientist, but people are willing to pay a green premium. All around the world they're showing that they're willing to do that. Why are they doing that? That's another question. There's lots of markets that are - I mean people bought sugar free. There's all kinds of markets that are unhinged from hard facts. The way I look at it as a scientist is, all's I need to think about is, is there a risk. Yes, there's risk. Is it catastrophic inevitable risk? Not in my mind. But there's a risk.’] A spokesperson for ExxonMobil has stated that Oswald’s statements do not represent the company’s position on climate change, however, this is the second Exxon lobbyist to be recorded in 2021 contesting Exxonmobil’s public narrative of supporting the science of climate change and climate policies.

Trane Technologies called for ambitious energy efficiency targets for US buildings

15 December 2021

In a December 6th blog post, Trane Technologies advocated for “ambitious” energy efficiency targets toward building decarbonization in the U.S., writing that “policy and regulations addressing existing buildings and infrastructure must evolve, and soon.”

Elon Musk opposes subsidies in the Reconciliation Bill

08 December 2021

Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, appeared to oppose the US Reconciliation Bill, including a new EV subsidy for zero-emission vehicle purchases, in a Reuters interview, stating "honestly, it might be better if the bill doesn't pass" and "I'm literally saying get rid of all subsidies".

Confederation of Indian Industry supports India's climate package

08 December 2021

In an opinion piece in The New Indian Express, the Director General of Confederation of Indian Industry supported Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledges made at COP26 including the net-zero by 2070 and the 50% renewable energy by 2030 targets. The article stated the need for global technology transfer and support from multilateral climate funds for achieving India’s climate commitments, and expressed support for any “high-level announcements and commitments” for energy transition to be made in India’s upcoming Union budget announcement.

Duke Energy does not take position on North Carolina House Bill 220

08 December 2021

According to a News & Observer article on October 27, Duke Energy has not taken a position on North Carolina House Bill 220. The bill, which includes provisions to prevent local governments from banning gas in the building sector, passed through the state general assembly on November 29th and now awaits the governor’s signature. North Carolina is the 21st state in the country to pass this kind of pre-emptive legislation.

APPEA acknowledges Labor's climate plan

03 December 2021

In a press release, it was unclear whether the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) supported Labor’s Powering Australia Plan. It acknowledged the increased greenhouse gas reduction target without expressing a position, but appeared to support the clarity the plan offered. Nevertheless, APPEA urged the need to attach conditions to the plan's ambition, such as policy must secure economic growth, and appeared to support provisions to protect trade-exposed industry, including the LNG sector. APPEA also appeared to advocate for the use of international credits in the Safeguard Mechanism, as well as stating the scheme should allow for the continued investment in oil and gas.

ERT not supporting additionality criteria in RED

03 December 2021

In a position paper on hydrogen the European Round Table for Industry appeared not to fully support the ‘additionality’ criteria for green hydrogen production in the EU Renewable Energy Directive, advocating that the EU should take a “pragmatic” approach so as not to lead to higher investment costs.

Stellantis appears not to support electrification

02 December 2021

Stellantis CEO, Carlos Tavares, has opposed accelerating the electrification of transportation in an interview at the Reuters Next conference. Tavares argued that the EV cost burden is 'beyond the limits' for automakers, emphasizing the potential threat to jobs and industry. He also called on governments to shift the focus of climate policy toward cleaning up the energy sector, suggesting support for increased GHG emission reductions, but not in the autos industry.

Maersk want a hard deadline for fossil fuelled ships

02 December 2021

In a LinkedIn post responding to the conclusion of the IMO’s marine environment protection committee, Maersk CEO Søren Skou called for the IMO to adopt “a drop-dead date to mark a future deadline for the building of fossil fuelled ships”

CenterPoint oppose tax increases in the Reconciliation Bill

02 December 2021

In a Wall Street Journal article, CenterPoint Energy appeared to oppose the proposed tax increases in the reconciliation bill but otherwise did not disclose a position on its climate provisions.

Ryanair advocate for EU jet fuel tax remit expansion

02 December 2021

In an interview, Ryanair’s CEO, Michael O’Leary criticized climate policies imposing costs on intra-EU flights, while advocating for an EU jet fuel tax covering all international flights, with the exception that other climate-related regulations are then removed, as the only way for long-haul airlines to pay their fair share in taxes.

IFIEC commented on EU energy intensive industries' transition pathways

26 November 2021

In response to the EU Commission’s request for input on the energy intensive industries’ transition pathways working document, the International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC) stressed the importance of the continuation of carbon leakage protection measures, and supported compensation for indirect costs for energy intensive industry. The association also advocated for incentives instead of mandatory schemes to scale up breakthrough technologies, and supported reform to the Trans-European Netform for Energy (TEN-E) regulation.

EU industry associations support EU CBAM

26 November 2021

EU industry associations, including the International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC), FuelsEurope and Eurofer, published a joint position paper supporting the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism alongside the continuation of existing carbon leakage protection measures under the EU Emissions Trading System until at least 2030, and also advocated for export rebates.

Toyota promotes ICE vehicles

26 November 2021

Toyota’s CEO, Akio Toyoda, in a speech to journalists in Japan promoted a long-term global role for ICE vehicles, stating that “the enemy is carbon, not internal combustion engines”.

Santos supports the Australian National Gas Infrastructure Plan

26 November 2021

Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher was reported by The Guardian to have supported the National Gas Infrastructure Plan that was released this week (26th November), which includes the development of at least one new gas basin in the country. He stated that 'The scarcity of new developments on the east coast is frightening' and failure to unlock new domestic gas supplies in Australia would lead to increased imports.

CBI welcomed UK's EV charging policy

26 November 2021

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) welcomed the UK Government’s new regulation requiring new buildings and those undergoing renovation to have electric vehicle charge points installed, describing it in a press release as “exactly the kind of detail we need to drive the necessary investment for a high-growth economy”.

EU business associations state support for CBAM with exceptions

17 November 2021

In a join position paper, Federation of German Industries (BDI), Confindustria and The Mouvement des entreprises de France (MEDEF) supported the EU's carbon border adjustment mechanism but with major exceptions, advocating for the continuation of existing carbon leakage protection measures under the EU ETS with no phase out, and also supporting export rebates.

Hydrogen Europe criticize the inclusion of fossil gas projects in TEN-E

17 November 2021

According to Euractiv, Hydrogen Europe criticized the inclusion of numerous fossil gas projects in the projects of common (PCI) list within the EU’s TEN-E regulation revision. However, the association did appear to recognize the importance of fossil gas projects that can convert to hydrogen for decarbonization and energy security purposes.

Eurelectric supports the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, but has expressed some concerns

17 November 2021

Eurelectric released a reaction paper to the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive revision, in which the group stated support for higher ambition in the 2030 targets. However, the association highlighted concerns with the implementation of the additionally principle, geographical and temporal correlation, and the repeated strengthening of biomass sustainability criteria.

Sasol supports the role of fossil gas in the transition

17 November 2021

During African Energy Week in November 2021, Sasol's Senior Vice President for Gas Sourcing and Operations, Akash Latchman, stated "gas should play quite a significant role in a just energy transition in South Africa", citing the need to alleviate energy poverty. This follows the announcement at COP26 that South Africa would receive $8.5bn to phase-out coal in the energy mix as part of the country’s just transition.

CEFIC want higher ambition in the EU Effort Sharing Regulation

17 November 2021

Cefic released a position paper detailing its position on the EU Commission’s proposed reform to the Effort Sharing Regulation, advocating for higher ambition in order to reduce the burden of emissions reductions for sectors covered by the EU Emissions Trading System.

CBI support COP progress but urge greater ambition

17 November 2021

The Confederation of British Industry’s Director-General Tony Danker stated support in a press release for the progress made at COP26 and suggesting that more must be done to strengthen Nationally Determined Contributions and reduce coal use.

Cummins breaks rank to endorse the pay-for-provisions bill

17 November 2021

A Wall Street Journal article reported on Cummins’ support for the Build Back Better Act. A spokesperson for Cummins stated that, like its industry groups, the company does not support the pay-for provisions in the bill. However, its support for the climate provisions far outweighs its concern over the tax hikes, driving the company to distance itself from its trade groups and endorse the bill overall.

IFIEC advocated against EU ETS and CBAM

11 November 2021

The International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC) released a position paper advocating against most of the EU Commission’s Fit for 55 proposal for reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System, and supported the Carbon Border Mechanism Proposal only as a complement to existing carbon leakage protection measures until at least 2030 and suggesting that it should include measures to compensate exporters.

Valero Energy promotes "renewable diesel"

11 November 2021

Valero Energy tweeted the claim that a “renewable diesel” vehicle emits less than electric vehicles, mirroring its arguments in its Social Responsibility Report that electric vehicles are unsustainable.

Power sector trade groups support coal phase-out

11 November 2021

European power sector trade groups Eurelectric and WindEurope have come out in support of a new pact, of over 40 countries, formed at COP 26 who have pledged to phase out coal power.

BHP advocated for climate actions in the US

11 November 2021

Leslie Arnold, Head of International Relations and Public Policy in BHP’s Washington office, advocated for the climate provisions under the US infrastructure bill and reconciliation proposals, to support investments in zero-carbon electricity.

Iberdrola pushes for more ambitious climate policy

04 November 2021

In its press release, Iberdrola stated support for political action and a more ambitious approach to the renewing of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) as part of the Paris Agreement.

Eskom supports shift to renewables

04 November 2021

Eskom CEO, Andre de Ruyter, appeared to support a shift from coal to renewables in South Africa’s energy mix, saying it “makes a lot of economic sense”. This marks a shift in position by Eskom, following the announcement at COP26 that South Africa would receive $8.5bn to phase-out coal. State-owned utility Eskom had previously lobbied in favor of a continued role for coal, which represents 90% of the energy mix in SA

Corporate support for Australia's net zero target, but less vocal on any NDC update

28 October 2021

There was broad support for Australia’s net zero ‘plan’ that was finally confirmed this week. The countries top fossil fuel association, APPEA, supported the target but also stressed that increased natural gas exploration would be required to achieve it. The government has not updated its NDC’s for 2030 which are considerable lower compared to similar nations, and only the Ai Group and Clean Energy Council stressed the need for the Australian government to set a higher NDC.

CEMBUREAU not supporting reforms to EU ETS and sent mixed message on EU CBAM

28 October 2021

In a position paper published in October 2021, CEMBUREAU did not seem to support several proposed reforms to EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) mechanisms as it stressed the risk of carbon leakage. It also advocated for the expansion of ETS credits to CCUS and waste incineration.

In another position paper also published in October 2021, CEMBUREAU advocated against the reduction or removal of existing carbon leakage protection measures in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) until a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) is “fully watertight.” It also supported export rebates in the policy, but was in favor of including indirect emissions in the CBAM.

EU trade associations call for measures to keep clean energy affordable

28 October 2021

Several trade associations, including CEFIC, CEPI, COGEN Europe, IFIEC, SolarPower Europe and Wind Europe, released a joint statement to EU policymakers, demanding affordable clean energy be placed at the forefront of European Industry. The groups called for measures to support access to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions, while declaring its support to the EU’s Green Deal ambitions to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

E.ON support removal of green taxes on UK energy bills, used to support low-carbon heating

28 October 2021

According to an Energy Live News article, E.ON have stated support for the suspension of green taxes in response to soaring energy prices across Europe. Within the UK, green taxes are applied to energy bills to help fund the transition to low-carbon heating solutions, such as heat pumps.

US utilities group meet Manchin over CEPP talks

22 October 2021

According to E&E News, Senator Joe Manchin met two weeks ago with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and utilities AEP, DTE, Duke, Exelon, PSEG, and Southern Company. E&E News confidential sources stated that the Clean Electricity Performance Program was mentioned but that the companies did not negotiate over details. News of this private meeting arrived as infrastructure talks continue and the CEPP is in danger of being cut from the reconciliation bill.

Business Council of Australia shift position on the emissions reduction target

14 October 2021

The Business Council of Australia pledged its support for a greenhouse gas reduction target of 46-50% by 2030. This marks a change of tune from the association, having described a 45% target as 'economy wrecking 'back in 2018. However, the energy minister Angus Taylor quickly rejected this call and likened it to a carbon tax.

VCI want renewable energy levy removed

06 October 2021

In a press release in October 2021, the VCI advocated for the removal of Germany’s renewable electricity levy (EEG) as it stressed that electricity prices are too high for industry to achieve the 2045 climate target. It also stated that “additional or higher burdens must be reliably compensated.”

Eurogas laud the weakening of TEN-E

06 October 2021

Eurogas have lauded the weakening of the EU’s TEN-E regulation in a Euractiv article, stating support for the EU parliament’s position to make major exceptions to underpin the role of fossil gas through a continuation of PCI status for fossil gas infrastructure projects, and support for hydrogen blending with fossil gas until 2029.

AFPM support the opposition to climate provisions in the Build Back Better Act

06 October 2021

A US industry group, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), last week https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1442918523412443136 tweeted support of several House representatives who stated opposition of the methane fee and clean energy standard provisions in Build Back Better Act.

LyondellBasell support policies on climate change

30 September 2021

LyondellBasell, in a press release last week, stated support for the need for public policy to respond to climate change and for policies to establish a “fair, global carbon price”, to promote renewable energy and to support energy infrastructure development and new carbon-reducing technologies.

Enel call for expansion of renewables in response to gas price surge

29 September 2021

Enel have called for the expansion of renewable energy as a solution to tackling rising gas prices in a series of posts on Twitter.

US Utilities group supports climate policies

29 September 2021

Public Services Enterprise Group (PSEG) CEO Ralph Izzo expressed support for a carbon tax in an interview with Forbes last week. Utility Dive also reported on Izzo’s support for the proposed Clean Electricity Performance Program, which is being considered in the budget reconciliation bill.

E.ON and Centrica support the removal of green levies

24 September 2021

The Financial Times have reported that E.ON and Centrica are supporting the removal of green levies, used to support renewable energy expansion in the UK energy mix, from consumer energy bills following the global gas price spike.

The German Chemical Industry (VCI) voices opposition to EU Energy Efficiency Target

22 September 2021

In a press release this week, the Director General of the VCI Wolfgang Große Entrup stated opposition to the EU’s Energy Efficiency Target, asserting that fossil free technologies use more energy than fossil fuels.

Manufacturers oppose US tax credits on electric vehicles

22 September 2021

Toyota has written a letter to the US House Ways and Means Committee opposing proposed US purchase tax credits on electric vehicles, arguing that the “exorbitant” tax breaks would benefit the wealthy and “electric cars shouldn’t just be for rich people”. Toyota’s key opposition to the bill arises from its proposal to provide larger tax credits to union-made electric vehicles. It is also opposed by Honda and Tesla.

Support for Illinois energy bill

22 September 2021

Industry associations Advanced Energy Economy and Solar Energy Industries Association, along with utilities Vistra and Exelon, have expressed support for the recently passed Illinois energy bill which requires a 100% zero-emissions power sector by 2045 and raises the renewable energy requirement to 50% by 2040.

Eurofer oppose GHG emissions standard

15 September 2021

The European Steel Association, Eurofer, has stated opposition to the inclusion of a GHG emissions standard in the Industrial Emissions Directive alongside regulating emissions of other pollutants in an article by Eurometal. The association stressed that it would cause double regulation as GHG emissions are already covered by the EU ETS, and would be a “command and control” element of the IED.

Confindustria blame EU ETS for rising energy price

14 September 2021

Confindustria criticized the EU ETS, calling for an intervention at EU level to address speculation in the market, blaming this and gas prices for a recent rise in energy prices.

IOGP oppose EU taxonomy extension

08 September 2021

IOGP published its consultation response to the European Commission on the possible extension of the EU taxonomy to significantly harmful activities, opposing this extension. In a separate response, IOGP did not support the creation of a ‘social’ taxonomy.

International Chamber of Shipping pushes for a carbon levy for shipping, but pushes back against EU ETS

08 September 2021

The International Chamber of Shipping has submitted a proposal to the IMO to support a global carbon levy on shipping emissions, without clearly endorsing a specific carbon price. A media report from The Telegraph suggests the ICS proposal intends to push back against more ambitious EU proposals to include shipping in the EU ETS.

Trade groups call for new German government to support "Fit-for-55"

01 September 2021

WindEurope, alongside several German power trade groups, has urged the next German government to actively support the EU Commission’s “Fit-for-55” proposal in the upcoming negotiations on it in the EU Council of Ministers in a press release on its website.

BDI opposed EU CBAM

01 September 2021

A Handelsblatt article on the German election contrasted cross-party support for the EU CBAM with opposition from trade associations, quoting the Federation of German Industries (BDI) who oppose a CBAM, arguing that it is not an alternative to free allowances under the EU ETS.

UK utilities support Hydrogen Strategy

22 August 2021

Several UK utilities have welcomed the government’s Hydrogen Strategy announcement. National Grid and SSE released statements of general high-level support on Twitter, whilst Centrica’s CEO expressed support for the strategy in the company’s blog.

BDI support the Paris Agreement but no coal exodus soon

11 August 2021

The Federation of German Industries (BDI) questioned the feasibility of the German Green Party's proposed 100 day climate program, and opposed its proposals to bring forward Germany's coal phase-out date to 2030 as unnecessary and unnecessarily expensive. Separately, its Director General expressed support for the Paris Agreement goals and advocated for a rapid expansion of renewable energy.

ArcelorMittal published positions on decarbonization, EU CBAM, and ETS

04 August 2021

ArcelorMittal has published a Climate Action Report in which it advocates for policies to decarbonize the steel sector, emphasizing the importance of government support and carbon contracts for difference, along with facilitating the production of green hydrogen. However, the report supported the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism as a complementary measure to EU ETS free allocation until it is fully effective and which should allow companies to pass through costs. It also supported indirect cost compensation in the EU ETS.

EU utilities call for greater emphasis on renewables

27 July 2021

Several energy and utility entities signed the Global Wind Energy Council’s open letter to G20 and world leaders, which called for greater emphasis on renewable energy to combat climate change. The letter stated support for renewable policy and regulatory frameworks, effective carbon pricing, and a ban on new investment in coal power.

CBI push Northern Ireland towards net-zero

27 July 2021

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) pushed Northern Ireland to increase its climate ambition and implement policy to be able to meet the UK's net zero by 2050 target. As part of its consultation response, the CBI advocated for more ambitious renewable energy targets, and a range of measures to boost energy efficiency. It did, however, support an expansion of natural gas as an interim heating decarbonization option.

EU industry associations released positions on EU Fit for 55 policies

26 July 2021

Various EU industry associations, including BusinessEurope, CEMBUREAU, IFIEC and Eurofer published positions on the EU’s Fit for 55 package last week, taking similar stances on several key policies. The groups advocated for the package to support industrial decarbonization with state support for breakthrough technologies. However, the groups did not support reforms to the EU ETS, some advocating for increased carbon leakage protection, and were negatively positioned on the CBAM and denounced its lack of export rebates. Eurofer did not support reforms to the RED to make the legislation binding. However, Cefic’s leadership team released notably positive, yet limited, statements on the package, supporting renewable energy legislation and the reform to the ETS that mandates that all revenues should contribute to emissions reductions.

ERT oppose upcoming proposals in EU's Fit for 55

26 July 2021

The European Roundtable for Industry (ERT) released a position paper in June 2021 which did not support various upcoming proposals in the Fit for 55 package, including reforms to the EU ETS. The association supported a CBAM alongside existing carbon leakage protection measures with a ‘gradual transition to a post-2030 framework’ and advocated that reforms to the Energy Taxation Directive should not cause additional costs. It also advocated for the removal of levies on electricity.

BDI unsupportive of increasing carbon prices in Germany

21 July 2021

BDI advocated that the incumbent German party’s manifesto proposal to increase carbon prices risks carbon leakage unless protection measures are adequate.

ICS oppose including shipping in the EU ETS

21 July 2021

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) stated strong opposition to new EU proposals to include shipping in the EU ETS, arguing it is only an “ideological revenue raising exercise”. Instead, ICS advocates that long-delayed, and far less stringent global regulations on shipping are appropriate.

Companies call for scaling up renewable energy capacity in Europe

16 July 2021

A cross-industry joint letter addressed to European Commission President von der Leyen and Executive Vice President Commissioner Timmermans has advocated for a large-scale acceleration in renewable energy capacity in Europe. The letter called for a scale-up in renewable energy to meet the EU’s Green Deal climate objectives, and also contained signatures from numerous members of the European Parliament.

BusinessEurope lobby the Commission to weaken disclosure requirements in the EU taxonomy

13 July 2021

Meeting minutes from May 2021, accessed through FOIs, reveal that BusinessEurope has been lobbying the European Commission to weaken corporate disclosure requirements under the taxonomy. In a meeting with DG FISMA, minutes show that BusinessEurope lobbied for weaker standards, raising concern about the “granularity and scope” of the obligations. In a separate meeting with Ursula von der Leyen’s office, BusinessEurope called for a delay to implementation and questioned the legal basis of aspects of the policy.

Eurogas express support for fossil gas within revision of EU Energy Taxation Directive

07 July 2021

Eurogas have released a position paper on carbon pricing, in which it advocated for preferential treatment for fossil gas in the EU’s Energy Taxation Directive revision. The association expressed support for the role of fossil gas in the energy mix, highlighting the need for fossil gas when switching away from coal, without placing clear conditions on CCS or methane emission abatement. Eurogas also supported blending of fossil gas with low-carbon gases, whilst supporting tax exemptions for renewable, decarbonized and low-carbon gases without clear definitions on what is included in these terms and without being clear about the source or the extent to which CCS will accompany them.

Lufthansa urge EU to set binding targets for e-kerosene

07 July 2021

Lufthansa have signed a joint letter coordinated by Transport & Enviornment urging the EU to adopt e-kerosene mandates of 0.5%-1% for 2027 and 2.5% for 2030. This suggests an evolving, more positive position for Lufthansa, who in 2021 previously emphasized competitiveness concerns in private emails with EU policymakers around a sustainable aviation fuels mandate.

Federation of German Industry continues to resist Germany's new climate target

02 July 2021

BDI Director-General Siegfried Russwurm continues to not support Germany’s new 2045 climate neutrality target, questioning the rationale for it being set and raising economic concerns around its achievability.

APPEA and Woodside oppose restriction on capital on Australia's natural gas and LNG

29 June 2021

Both APPEA and Woodside submitted comments to the Inquiry into the prudential regulation of investment in Australia’s export industries, with Woodside warning against any restriction on capital on LNG would be detrimental to Australia’s long-term interests. While APPEA stated that Australia’s natural gas resources need to be developed to deliver on it’s Paris Agreement commitments, and added that substantial amounts of capital would be required to do so which is placed under risk by ‘incomplete information and a lack of understanding of the opportunity Australia can play, or of the negative impact constraining that capital will have on our ability to meet those objectives’ and that ‘information asymmetry by the broader finance sector, fuelled by the political agendas of shareholder activists, risks creating a capital drought’.

EDF supports strong reform to align EU ETS with the EU's 2030 target

29 June 2021

EDF stated support for strong EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) reforms in a opinion piece published in Euractiv (https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/opinion/how-an-ambitious-and-rapid-reform-of-the-eu-ets-is-essential-to-achieve-the-new-climate-objectives/). The company suggested the EU ETS should be aligned with the EU’s 2030 GHG emission reduction target by advocating for a higher Linear Reduction Factor (LRF), a strengthened Market Stability Reserve (MSR), and the introduction of a carbon price floor to increase the scheme’s effectiveness. EDF also stated support for the extension of the EU ETS to the maritime sector, and a pragmatic approach to either include road transport and buildings, or a new scheme for each of the respective sectors.

US associations oppose the repeal of Trump measure

23 June 2021

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, American Chemistry Council, and American Petroleum Institute submitted a joint comment to the EPA on June 14th strongly opposing the repeal of a measure, first introduced under the Trump administration, requiring a cost-benefit analysis of Clean Air Act regulations. Its repeal removes a barrier to future greenhouse gas emissions regulation. The trade groups urged the EPA to at least consider revising the rule rather than scrapping it entirely, a view lobbied by the Chamber in its own comment submitted several days prior.

Over 70 CEOs urge world leaders to raise their climate ambitions and policies

15 June 2021

In an open letter published on 9 June 2021, CEOs of over 70 companies, including BASF, Enel, Engie, H&M, Siemens, and Ericsson, urged world leaders to strengthen climate policies to accelerate the transition before COP26 and beyond. They called for the governments to remove fossil fuel subsidies, to phase out coal, to support and strengthen emissions trading regime, and to implement interim emissions targets in line with the 1.5C pathway.

Edison Electric Institute launch Carbon-Free Technology Initiative

14 June 2021

Edison Electric Institute, the trade association representing investor-owned utilities in the US, has joined up with several NGOs and the Clean Air Task Force to launch the Carbon-Free Technology Initiative. The collaboration will advocate for research, development, demonstration and deployment of a range of technology solutions, including advanced wind and solar energy systems, energy storage, hydrogen, nuclear, and carbon capture and storage. Its launch statement notes the importance of public policies to facilitate their priorities.

US Chamber of Commerce express concern over EU CBAM

02 June 2021

The US Chamber of Commerce authored a blog post highlighting areas of potential collaboration and disagreement between the US and the EU. One issue of concern for the Chamber is the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) which, if specifically targeting US exports, could have a “chilling effect on prospects for transatlantic cooperation on climate.” The statement could indicate opposition to the CBAM and is one of the few times the Chamber has weighed in on specific carbon pricing policy, despite recently communicating broad support for the approach.

Business Europe asks the EU for fair burden sharing and to secure industrial competitiveness

26 May 2021

In a letter from the President and Director General of BusinessEurope to the European Council President, the association advocated for fair burden sharing with ETS sectors in regards to the upcoming Effort Sharing Regulation, as the Council and therefore all member states are meeting this week to discuss national targets. The letter did not support national carbon levies, stressing double regulation due to the ETS, and supported the continuation of free allocation of emissions allowances. Meanwhile, BusinessEurope also wrote a letter to the Chairman of the European Competitiveness Council advocating that it must “secure industrial competitiveness in the “Fit-for-55” package.”

B7 advocated phasing out unabated coal and carbon pricing

19 May 2021

The B7 group of cross-sector associations has released a joint statement after a summit, which recommends policy actions for the G7, including setting a target to phase out unabated coal in power generation, where feasible by 2040 and coordinating action on market-based mechanisms such as carbon pricing.

Exxon et al. oppose a national carbon tax in the Netherlands

13 May 2021

Sourced from an FOI request, in February 2021 several corporations or their regional subsidiaries including Exxon, LyondellBasell, Air Products, Tata Steel, BP, and Dow emailed Vice-President Timmermans’ cabinet opposing a national carbon tax in the Netherlands, and requested that he intervene.

APGA and Santos support Australia's National Gas Infrastructure Plan

12 May 2021

Both the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) and Santos have stated their support for the National Gas Infrastructure Plan (NGIP)interim report that was released this week). The NGIP is a proposed taxpayer-funded scheme being developed by the Federal Government to build new gas pipelines, and is a major part of the Morrison governments ‘Gas-Fired Recovery’.

Strong support to reinstate Obama-era methane standards

07 May 2021

The Edison Electric Institute, among other entities including some oil and gas companies, has supported the congressional push to reinstate Obama-era methane standards. Approval of this resolution would repeal Trump’s repeal and allow the Biden administration to consider additional, potentially stricter methane regulations in the future.

VCI comes out against German Green Party's climate agenda

29 April 2021

Handelsblatt reported that the President of the VCI called the Green Party’s Manifesto an “ice bucket for growth” at a conference in Germany. He did not seem to support increasing Germany’s 2030 target, opposing the proposed 70% increase and stating "Anyone who raises climate protection targets so far that they can only be achieved with the greatest sacrifice is sinning against the present and the future." He also did not support increasing the carbon price of the German ETS or implementing a carbon tax.

AGA supports removal of vote on building codes

24 March 2021

The American Gas Association appears to have strongly supported the decision by the International Code Council to remove the right for local governments to vote on future energy-efficiency standards in building codes. This will give industry a much tighter control over energy efficiency requirements and comes a year after large numbers of local officials voted in ICC proceedings in late 2019 to bring in much more ambitious efficiency standards. AGA appear to have opposed these ambitious standards

American Gas Associtation hit back on factory measures

19 March 2021

There is an increasing trend of regional authorities across the US enacting measures to encourage new buildings to be fully electrified, for example, by banning new builds from having natural gas hookups. This appears to have triggered a backlash from utility and oil & gas trade associations, including the American Gas Association. In March 2020, AGA CEO Karen Harbert wrote an open letter appearing to oppose such bans saying the “call for California to ban natural gas hookups in new residential construction is dead wrong”, and in the same month, it was reported that the AGA was “coordinating and lobbying” in ten different states for bills intended to ban local governments from enacting legislation that would restrict natural gas in buildings in this way.

Metals Trade Associations Diverge on Border Adjustment Mechanism

19 March 2021

The metals trade associations in Europe have lobbied heavily on the carbon border adjustment mechanism in the same week as the European Parliament’s vote on the policy. Eurofer’s Director General strongly supported the implementation of a CBAM alongside existing carbon leakage measures in the EU ETS, and Eurometaux’s Director General seemed to advocate against the inclusion of the non-ferrous metals industry in the CBAM, and not supporting the phase out of carbon leakage measures under the EU ETS.

CEO Climate Dialogue call for Ambitious NDC

19 March 2021

The CEO Climate Dialogue wrote a letterto President Biden expressing support for (and urging contingent action towards) an ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution in line with a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy by 2050. Highlights of policy recommendations include near and mid-term emissions targets and a national economy-wide carbon price. The letter broadly advocates for market-based, technology neutral, and competition-fostering policies to aid the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Queensland Resources Council launches ad campaign against Australian coal royalty hikes

25 November 2022

Queensland Resources Council has launched a series of ad campaigns targeting the Queensland government’s decision to increase royalties on the coal sector, as reported in a November 23rd article by the Canberra Times. CEO Ian Macfarlane called for the government to reconsider the royalty hike, arguing that the “short-sighted decision” posed a risk to future investment and employment.

Gas associations advocate for weaker EU methane measures

25 November 2022

In a 21st November joint statement, Eurogas and Gas Distributors for Sustainability (GD4S) called for the EU Methane Regulation for the energy sector to weaken measures monitoring methane emissions, leak detection and repair, and thresholds for venting.

WindEurope & SolarPower Europe support EU regulation to accelerate permitting of renewables

25 November 2022

In a 10th November press release, SolarPower Europe supported an emergency regulation to speed up the roll-out of renewable energies, proposed by the European Commission. WindEurope also supported the proposed measure in a press release published on 8th November.

European entities support EU Delegated Act on Renewable Fuels of Non-Biological Origin

25 November 2022

In an open letter to policymakers published on 2nd November, WindEurope, Iberdrola, EDP and Schneider Electric supported the proposed Delegated Act on Renewable Fuels of Non-Biological Origin (RFNBOs) to boost renewable hydrogen production.

Occidental Petroleum advocates for ‘net-zero emission oil’

25 November 2022

During a quarterly earnings call on November 9th, Occidental Petroleum CEO Vicky Hollub advocated for a long-term role for oil, stating that oil will enable and fund the energy transition. Further, Hollub claimed that “net 0 emission oil” can be produced by using captured carbon dioxide in enhanced oil recovery.

Bayer supports US Inflation Reduction Act climate provisions

25 November 2022

In its Industry Association Climate Review Engagement Update, published in November 2022, Bayer stated support for the climate change provisions in the US Inflation Reduction Act.

Tata Steel supports coking coal in steel production in India

25 November 2022

In a November 22nd social media post, Tata Steel appeared to support the continuation of the production of steel with coking coal in India.

Federation of Korean Industries asks Korean government to include nuclear energy as a ‘carbon-free’ power source

25 November 2022

The Head of Industry at the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) was quoted by MoneyToday in a November 19th article, announcing that FKI was part of a cohort of organizations asking the South Korean government to include nuclear energy as a ‘carbon-free’ power source so that Korean companies could participate in the ‘Carbon-Free 100’ (CF100) initiative over the Renewable Energy (RE100) initiative.

NSW Minerals Council argues that climate regulation threatens the competitiveness of coal

18 November 2022

In a November 10th media release, NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee stated that an additional tax on the New South Wales (NSW) thermal coal industry would be strongly resisted by the sector. Galilee also emphasized that other recent policy decisions, such as the safeguard mechanism, methane pledge and the decision to review Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act approvals, were threatening the competitiveness of the NSW coal export sector.

Fortescue Metals Group supports green hydrogen and emissions targets for shipping

18 November 2022

On 14th November, ten organizations across the shipping and green hydrogen value chains, including Fortescue Future Industries, signed a joint statement at COP27, committing to the rapid production and use of green hydrogen-based fuels to achieve full decarbonization of the shipping sector by 2050. The statement called for national governments and the International Maritime Organization to set “robust interim” emissions reduction targets for the maritime sector, and also advocated for green hydrogen producers to collectively meet a 5.5-million-ton 2030 production target.

Saint-Gobain advocates for energy efficiency policy for buildings

18 November 2022

In a LinkedIn post on 7th November, a Saint-Gobain senior executive strongly advocated for governments to take more ambitious action to improve the energy efficiency of buildings at COP27.

Federation of Korean Industries unsupportive of South Korea's 2030 climate targets

22 November 2022

In a November 7th press release published the day after COP27 started, the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) appeared to advocate for a ‘re-examination’ of South Korea’s more ambitious 2030 NDC emissions reduction target, which was submitted to COP26 in November 2021. FKI referred to the results of a survey it commissioned among the top 500 manufacturing companies of Korea, in which 48% of respondents said that the feasibility of achieving the 2030 NDC would be ‘low’ or ‘very low’, and 82% of respondents advocated that ‘a re-examination is necessary’.

In a November 7th press release, Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) advocated for a ‘realistic energy mix policy’ that increases the proportion of nuclear energy in South Korea’s energy mix, stressing concerns over the possibility of achieving the country’s 2030 coal phase-down target and the renewable energy increase target.

Entities urge increased ambition from governments ahead of COP27

11 November 2022

In a November 4th joint letter organized by the World Economic Forum, the CEOs of over 100 organizations, including Deutsche Post DHL, Volvo Group, Unilever, Maersk, Microsoft, Enel and Iberdrola called for the phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies and “ambitious and Paris-Agreement aligned nationally determined contributions” ahead of COP27. The letter also supported greenhouse gas emissions reductions aligned with 1.5 degrees, energy efficiency incentives and renewable energy legislation.

Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports renewables and nuclear deployment

11 November 2022

As reported by Newsway on the 3rd of November, the Chairman of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Chey Tae-won, appeared to support the energy transition with an increase in renewables and nuclear to achieve net-zero in Korea, without clear statements regarding the pace and extent of this transition and the association’s alignment with IPCC recommendations.

American Gas Association opposes Inflation Reduction Act's building electrification incentives

11 November 2022

The American Gas Association (AGA) continues to oppose the US Inflation Reduction Act’s building electrification incentives: in a November 4th press release, AGA CEO Karen Harbert advocated for “a portfolio approach that includes efficient gas end-use applications” as an alternative to switching to electric appliances. On November 1st, Vox reported on AGA’s campaign to engage directly with federal policymakers and increase oversight of the IRA’s High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate program to “allow for fuel neutral energy efficiency investments.” In the same article, Vox quoted a statement from a chief AGA lobbyist, who expressed the association’s concerns with the IRA’s environmental justice block grants and how they “can be used or applied to support gas ban efforts at community levels.”

American Chemistry Council urges US SEC to withdraw its climate disclosure rule proposal

11 November 2022

On November 1st 2022, the American Chemistry Council submitted a comment on the US Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) proposed climate disclosure rule, following up on the Council’s July 2022 comment letter. The Council urged the SEC to withdraw its proposal, asserting that the Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA reinforces the claim that the SEC does not have the authority to finalize the proposal.

Business Council of Australia supports Australia and Pacific Islands bid to host COP31

11 November 2022

In a November 6th press release, the CEO of the Business Council of Australia, Jennifer Westacott, supported Australia and the Pacific Islands bid to host COP31 in 2026, stating that COP31 would be a chance for Australia to lock in the position of a climate leader.

Enel, Iberdrola and Schneider Electric support an EU-wide 'ecodesign' regulation

11 November 2022

In an open letter to the EU Commission on 27th October, Enel, Iberdrola and Schneider Electric advocated for 'ecodesign' regulation to implement an EU-wide phase-out of the sale of 'stand-alone' fossil fuel boilers before 2029.

BDI opposes EU 2035 100% zero-emissions vehicles target

07 November 2022

In an article published on 28th October, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) expressed its opposition to the EU Parliament’s decision to phase out light duty internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2035. On the same day, the association opposed the ban in a tweet, calling for the use of e-fuels instead.

Financials call for a secondary statutory objective to transition the financial services sector to net-zero

07 November 2022

On joint written evidence sent to the UK Financial Services and Markets Bill Committee and prepared on the 26th October, executives of Aviva, Aegon and Phoenix Group, amongst others, called for a secondary statutory objective for regulators to facilitate the transition of the financial services sector to net-zero and highlighted concerns that the “proposed regulatory principle will not provide a sufficiently strong legal basis for regulators to promote a thriving net-zero financial sector”.

SSAB calls for an ambitious EU low-carbon emissions standard for steel

07 November 2022

Eurometal reported on 26th October that SSAB Chief Technology Officer, Martin Pei, advocated for an ambitious low-carbon emissions standard for steel in the EU.

The Investment Association supports climate references within UK financial regulatory principles

07 November 2022

On 26th of October, in written evidence sent to the UK Financial Services and Markets Bill Committee, the Investment Association supported the proposal to include references to climate and net-zero into the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) regulatory principles.

Volkswagen subsidiary supports measures to decarbonize road transport in Germany

28 October 2022

Audi (a Volkswagen subsidiary) CEO, Markus Duesmann, stated support for both a speed limit on the autobahn and Car Free Sundays in Germany in an interview with Süddeutschen Zeitung on October 26th, one of the first German autos CEOs to come out in support of such climate-related policies.

American Gas Association opposes the electrification of homes under the Inflation Reduction Act

28 October 2022

As reported by the New York Times on October 20th, the American Gas Association (AGA) is directly engaging with federal policymakers in opposition to the Inflation Reduction Act’s electric home rebate program, which incentivizes electrification projects for low and moderate-income households. The article stated that AGA is pushing back against the program and advocating for the continued role of fossil gas in the residential sector by “preparing to team up with House Republicans to intensify oversight of the Energy Department” as midterm elections approach.

APPEA welcomes Australia's commitment to the Global Methane Pledge

28 October 2022

The CEO of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), Samantha McCullogh, welcomed Australia’s commitment to the Global Methane Pledge in an October 23rd press release.

KAMA states that Korea's carbon neutrality policy will 'burden' the industry's transition

28 October 2022

As reported by Seoul Economy Daily on October 25th, the new Chairman of Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA), Kang Nam-hoon, appeared unsupportive of the South Korean government’s carbon neutrality policy, stating the policy put “a burden on the industry’s transition to future cars.”

Mitsubishi Corporation suggests separate net zero roadmaps for developed and developing countries

21 October 2022

In an LNG Producer-Consumer Conference hosted by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Mitsubishi Corporation posted a video message suggesting that it would be necessary to have separate roadmaps towards carbon neutrality for the developed countries and developing countries, target years should be set at 2050 for developed countries and 2060 or beyond for the developing countries. In the same video, it has also emphasized the support for the continuous use of fossil gas for the energy transition in Asia.

Eurofer advocates to scrap reforms to EU ETS free allowance benchmarks

21 October 2022

Euractiv reported on 11th October that EU policymakers had made concessions to the EU steel industry in EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) trilogues, agreeing that proposed reforms to tighten the benchmark against which free allowances for the industry are measured should be scrapped. Eurofer stated support for this outcome, which it has consistently advocated for since the reform proposal in 2020. Eurofer also suggested it did not support the proposal for the phase out of the free allocation of emissions allowances alongside the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism.

Chevron opposes ambitious energy transition and climate policies

21 October 2022

In an interview with Financial Times, published on October 13th, Chevron CEO Mike Wirth appeared to state that governments “doubling down” on climate policies will impact the global energy markets negatively. Wirth further opposed an ambitious energy transition and stated that a “premature” effort to transition away from fossil fuels, including “under-investment in new oil supply” have contributed to the energy crisis in Europe and the US.

GD4S advocates for technological neutrality in EU Energy Performance Buildings Directive

21 October 2022

In an 11th October tweet, industry association Gas Distributors for Sustainability (GD4S) advocated for technological neutrality to be considered in the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, particularly a role for fossil gas hybrid technologies.

Energy sector CEOs call for G20 action on renewable energy

21 October 2022

On October 11th, the CEOs of WindEurope, Iberdrola, SSE, Siemens Energy, EDP, and the South African Wind Energy Association signed an open letter from the global wind energy industry to G20 and world leaders. In the letter, the companies and associations called for urgent action to combat climate change via an accelerated, more ambitious transition towards renewables including wind energy. The letter called for 9 cases of policy commitment, including increased ambition in renewable energy deployment, development of renewable energy financing and infrastructure, and fostering of multi-lateral renewable energy partnerships and trade agreements.

Saudi Aramco supports the development of oil and gas over renewables

14 October 2022

At the Energy Intelligence Forum, Saudi Aramco President and CEO, Amin Nasser, supported the development of oil and gas, as reported by a company tweet on October 6th. Nasser stated that alternative energy sources such as solar and wind are “not ready yet to shoulder” a large portion of the energy requirements.

Korea International Trade Association supports expanded green hydrogen in Korea

14 October 2022

In a 10th October Mail Business Newspaper op-ed article, the Vice President of the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), Jung Man-ki, appeared to support the expansion of green hydrogen in the Korea energy mix, stating “it is inevitable to replace blue hydrogen with green hydrogen in the long term.”

American Petroleum Institute opposes the removal of future oil leasing areas

14 October 2022

American Petroleum Institute’s (API) comments to the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on offshore oil and gas leasing advocated for the finalization of a new cycle of Outer Continental Shelf five-year program. API stated that it “strongly disagrees” with BOEM’s reasons to remove future leasing areas in the 2019-2024 draft program and advocated for 11 lease sales encompassing Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. Further, API added that a decision to not hold lease sales by the BOEM would be “directly in violation” of Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act’s (OCSLA) congressional purposes.

Toyota unsupportive of the electrification of the transport industry

14 October 2022

A Toyota Australia executive publicly stated in a press Q&A and speech that “some of this belief that you can just go full electric in 10 years in this country is a very difficult proposition” while promoting a longer-term role for “a diversity of products and powertrains” including ICE-powered hybrids in Australia. Contrastingly, in the same speech, the executive asserted that “Toyota is not stopping, lagging, or preventing (electric cars)”.

Alinta Energy and Origin Energy support coal and fossil gas

14 October 2022

On the 10th October, at the Australian Financial Reviews Energy Summit, the CEOs of Australia’s largest electricity suppliers gave their views on the progress of the energy transition. Alinta Energy CEO Jeff Dimery stated that there is a continued role for coal and gas in the energy mix, appearing to suggest that alternatives were unachievable. Origin Energy CEO Frank Calabria appeared to agree, stating that ‘reliable energy’ will need to stay until new sources of reliable energy are built.

Hydrogen Europe calls for weaker renewable hydrogen production criteria

14 October 2022

In a 6th October joint letter to European policymakers, Hydrogen Europe called for the EU to insert weaker criteria for renewable hydrogen production in the Delegated Act on Renewable Fuels from non-Biological Origin (RFNBOs), and then adopt the updated version within the EU Renewable Energy Directive revision. This included delaying the additionality principle until 2028, and offering more flexibility to producers.

JISF supports Japan's 2050 goal while opposing environmental taxation policies

07 October 2022

In a position paper on the fiscal 2023 tax reform, published on its website on September 29th, Japan Iron and Steel Federation (JISF) advocated against the carbon tax, Tax for Climate Change Mitigation, and emissions trading, while stating support for Japan’s 2050 carbon neutrality goal. It also advocated for tax exemptions for coking coal used in steel production and stated that thermal power generation “will continue to be necessary in the future.” Additionally, it requested increased financial support for technological development to decarbonize steel production, as well as “carbon-free electricity and hydrogen,” while supporting hydrogen reduction steelmaking, without specifying a position on its decarbonization.

Toray Industries and FEPC express unclear positions on Japan's energy transition

07 October 2022

According to a Nikkei Shimbun report published on the 29th of September, in response to a survey by Nikkei Shimbun, Toray Industries CEO Akihiro Nikkaku stated the need for a power supply system that “can ensure a stable base power source that is not affected by the weather or other external conditions," but did not appear to specify a position on renewable energy or other specific sources.

According to a Nikkei Shimbun Report published on October 3rd, in response to the Japanese government’s consideration of the development of next-generation nuclear power plants, Kazuhiro Ikebe, Chairman of the Federation of Electric Power Companies (FEPC) of Japan and CEO of Kyushu Electric Power Company, stated appreciation that “the options are widening” but did not specify a position on the energy mix in general.

Bank Policy Institute argues that climate risk regulation is unnecessary

07 October 2022

In a September 29th blog post, the Bank Policy Institute asserted that “climate-related financial risks do not pose a near-term risk to financial stability”, and also suggested that regulatory efforts to incorporate climate risk into bank supervision are unnecessary.

WindEurope supports the EU's revised offshore energy targets

07 October 2022

In a news article published on 29th September on its website, WindEurope supported the joint offshore energy targets included in the revised EU’s Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) Regulation.

Hydrogen Europe supports weaker hydrogen criteria under Renewable Energy Directive

07 October 2022

In a 30th September LinkedIn post, Hydrogen Europe supported the EU Parliament’s decision to remove stringent criteria for renewable hydrogen production, including the additionality principle and Delegated Act on Renewable Fuels from non-Biological Origin (RFNBOs) in the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) reform.

EDF supports more ambitious EU heat pump installation targets

07 October 2022

In a 28th September social media post, EDF Group supported increased heat pump installation targets in the EU, supporting the decarbonization of the energy mix.

Toyota states that Californian EV targets are 'hard to achieve'

30 September 2022

Toyota's CEO, Akio Toyoda, stated that US federal and Californian electric vehicle targets would be 'hard to achieve' in a September 29th US press conference. He also stated that electric vehicles “are just going to take longer than the media would like us to believe”, appearing instead to promote a long-term role for ICE-powered hybrid vehicles.

Keidanren advocates for tax reductions for fossil fuels

30 September 2022

Keidanren requested tax reductions on gasoline, and extensions for the rebate program on petroleum and coal taxes in its proposal for the financial year (FY) 2023 tax reform, issued on September 13th.

Gas Infrastructure Europe advocates for additional LNG terminals

30 September 2022

Industry association Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) appeared to advocate for more LNG terminals to enable the EU to reduce its dependency on Russian fossil fuels in a 22nd September Twitter post.

Citigroup does not appear to support climate stress testing

07 October 2022

In a September 21st US House Committee on Financial Services hearing, Citigroup CEO, Jane Fraser, was asked whether a bill to require climate stress testing and introduce climate-related capital requirements was a “good idea”. Fraser responded, “the challenge with that idea at the moment is we just don’t have the data.”

Canadian Chamber of Commerce opposes the proposed oil and gas emissions cap

30 September 2022

On September 15th 2022, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce opposed Canada’s oil and gas emissions cap in its response to the federal government’s discussion document on the proposal. In this letter, the Chamber stated the policy “may dissuade” investments in clean energy development and decarbonization, and instead it advocated for government mechanisms that would “facilitate private sector decarbonization”.

SEIA supports an emission reduction strategy in testimony to US Subcommittee

30 September 2022

On September 20th, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) CEO, Abigail Ross Hopper, testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals in support of the federal Public Lands and Waters Climate Leadership Act of 2022. Hopper stated support for the legislation, which would authorize the development of an emissions reduction strategy for public lands and waters, and further advocated for expanded solar deployment on federal lands.

QRC expresses cost and reliability concerns at Queensland's Energy Plan

30 September 2022

In a September 28th ABC News article, Queensland Resources Council CEO, Ian Macfarlane, stated that he “welcomed” Queensland’s new clean energy plan, but expressed concerns regarding the cost of the initiative. Macfarlane also appeared to express concerns on the reliability and affordability of power production under the scheme, which aims to create two pumped-hydro sites and stop regular reliance on coal by 2035.

SACOME appears to oppose the Safeguard Mechanism Reforms

30 September 2022

On the 23rd September, the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) released its submission on the Safeguard Mechanism Reform, in which it appeared to oppose the policy reforms. In its submission, SACOME advocated for ‘headroom’ to be retained, and advocated for Safeguard Credits to be fungible with Australian Carbon Credits (ACCUs), while also advocating for Safeguard Mechanism facilities to continue generating ACCUs. SACOME also advocated for a delay in the Mechanism’s implementation, and expressed concerns around industry competitiveness.

General Motors advocates for more ambitious US emissions standards for light-duty vehicles

23 September 2022

In a 20th September press release, General Motors (GM) announced a set of recommendations advocating for tougher federal emissions standards, to help ensure at least 50% of new light-duty vehicles sold by 2030 are zero-emissions and consistent with an effective 2035 nationwide internal combustion engine (ICE) phase out target. GM CEO, Mary Barra, stated that the company "has the ultimate goal of eliminating tailpipe emissions from new light duty vehicles by 2035", adding that its recommendations "support accelerated adoption of electric vehicles to put us on the path toward that goal".

US Chamber strongly opposes the SEC climate disclosure rule

23 September 2022

The Intercept reported in a 19th September article that, in response to suggestions that the US Chamber of Commerce is “endorsing ESG,” a spokesperson for the Chamber asserted that it was “at the forefront of fighting” the SEC climate disclosure rule.

CEMBUREAU appears unsupportive of the CBAM and EU ETS reform

23 September 2022

In a 13th September tweet, CEMBUREAU advocated for a “gradual phase out of free allocation” of emissions allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) only once the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is proven to be “watertight”, in contradiction to the EU Commission’s proposal for the files. However, the tweet stated support for the inclusion of waste incineration in the EU ETS.

Hydrogen Europe lobbies to weaken hydrogen criteria under Renewable Energy Directive

23 September 2022

Recharge News reported in a 13th September article that industry association, Hydrogen Europe, urged European Members of Parliament to support an amendment to remove the additionality principle, and weaken rules on renewable hydrogen producers in the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) Delegated Act.

European entities advocate to delay the effective phase-out of ICE vehicles

23 September 2022

On September 20th, a group of European entities, including FuelsEurope, Copa-Cogeca, European Association of Automotive Suppliers, Repsol and Neste released a joint statement which appeared to advocate to delay the effective phase-out of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles under the EU’s light-duty CO2 standards. The statement stressed that “recent geopolitical developments” have caused uncertainties for full electrification and called for the Trilogue negotiations to enable “ICE vehicles registered to run exclusively on CO2 neutral fuels” after 2035, as a complementary pathway to electrification.

US industry groups outline opposition on expanded shareholder rights

16 September 2022

In September 12th letters to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Business Roundtable, the Investment Company Institute, and the US Chamber of Commerce outlined their opposition to proposed rule amendments that seek to expand shareholder rights.

BlackRock contests 'climate agenda' claims

16 September 2022

In a September 7th response to the assertion by 19 state attorney generals that BlackRock is sacrificing returns to pursue a “climate agenda”, the asset manager contested this characterization and wrote that it was “disturbed by the emerging trend of political initiatives that sacrifice pension plans’ access to high-quality investments - and therefore jeopardize pensioners’ financial returns.”

Fossil fuel companies and American Petroleum Institute oppose New York decarbonization plan

16 September 2022

On September 4th, a report by Truthout revealed that Enbridge, Williams Companies, National Grid, and the American Petroleum Institute had opposed decarbonization legislation in New York through an advocacy group called 'New Yorkers for Affordable Energy'. This included opposition to the state’s gas ban and 2030 zero-emission vehicle sales target proposals. Evidence also suggests that the group has mobilized opposition to the New York Draft Scoping Plan that seeks to achieve the New York’s 2019 climate law's decarbonization targets.

American Petroleum Institute advocates for policies to increase US oil and gas production

09 September 2022

On August 31st, a blog post from the American Petroleum Institute (API) supported the offshore lease sales and the carbon capture provisions set in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Further, API communicated the need for permitting reform for critical infrastructure and a finalized five-year federal offshore leasing program. In this blog, API also emphasized API’s ‘10-in-2022’ Plan, introduced in June 2022, that lists 10 policy actions for the US federal government to increase fossil fuel production in the US. Another blog post, published on the same day, advocated for policies to encourage oil and gas production, while opposing the ban on energy exports from the US.

Canadian Fuels Association opposes the shut-down of the Enbridge oil pipeline

09 September 2022

In an August 28th tweet, the Canadian Fuels Association thanked the Government of Canada for its "ongoing support of the Enbridge Line 5" oil pipeline, in response to the Government's decision to invoke the 1977 energy treaty to prevent the shut-down of the pipeline. It stated the pipeline is “vital to North America’s energy security”.

Confindustria calls for EU ETS suspension

02 September 2022

In a 1st September press release, the President of Confindustria strongly opposed the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), calling for the EU’s flagship emissions trading system to be suspended given the height of energy prices. The association has repeatedly made this call since it was first detected by InfluenceMap in March 2022.

IATA reportedly advocates for weaker offsetting baselines under CORSIA

02 September 2022

Evidence from an August 28th Travel Weekly Article suggests that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) intends to advocate to maintain the weaker 2019 baseline for the next two phases of the global Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), running until 2035, at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s 41st Assembly in September 2022. In the article, an IATA spokesperson cautioned that the upcoming negotiations should be “very gentle”.

Oil & Natural Gas Corporation supports India's 2070 net zero target

02 September 2022

In a 23rd August press release, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd’s Chairman & Managing Director, Dr Alka Mittal, appeared to state support for India’s 2070 net-zero economy target.

American Gas Association opposes the Sierra Club's petition to ban gas appliances

02 September 2022

In an August 24th press release titled “AGA Opposes Proposal to Ban Natural Gas Appliances,” the American Gas Association (AGA) opposed the Sierra Club’s petition to the Environmental Protection Agency asking for a federal ban on gas appliances. AGA emphasized that such a ban would affect customers and stated that “this proposal is simply bad policy.”

Auto sector split on California's 2035 ICE ban target

26 August 2022

In an August 24th New York Times article, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation appeared unsupportive of California’s decision to ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles from 2035 under California Air Resources Board's (CARB) Advanced Clean Cars II regulation. Honda and General Motors both took an unclear position on the proposed legislation, while Ford appeared broadly supportive of California’s proposed standards, stating that the rule would “set an example for the United States”.

Australian industry associations offer mixed positions on Safeguard Mechanism reforms

26 August 2022

The Australian government released its consultation paper on the proposed reforms to the Safeguard Mechanism on the 18th August. On the same day, three Australian industry associations released press releases on the issue.

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) emphasized the need to provide tailored treatment to emission intensive trade exposed industry, without indication if it supported the reforms.

The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) CEO, Innes Willox, highlighted concerns around competitiveness but also that trade exposed industries should not place the burden on other sectors and appeared to support the transition of the mechanism to an emissions trading scheme.

Business Council of Australia CEO, Jennifer Westacott, stated support for an ‘enhanced’ Safeguard Mechanism but also emphasized that facilities will continue to produce emissions and a considered approach was required to international and domestic offsets.

US industry associations support the Inflation Reduction Act’s climate provisions

26 August 2022

In separate press statements on August 16th, the CEOs and Presidents of American Clean Power Association, Edison Electric Institute, and Solar Energy Industries Association supported the signing of the Inflation Reduction Act’s climate provisions into law.

Toyota push for ICE vehicles in India but support California's GHG emission standards

26 August 2022

An August 22nd Reuters article highlighted that Toyota was doubling down on its push for ICE-powered hybrids in India over battery electric vehicles, with further evidence that Toyota has been advocating for the Indian government to reduce taxes on ICE-powered hybrids. Nevertheless, in the US, Bloomberg reported on August 23rd that Toyota has announced support for California to set its own GHG emissions standards for vehicles under the Clean Air Act. This position has changed since Trump-era 2019 litigation from Toyota against Calfornia’s ability to set its own GHG emissions standards for vehicles, which it appeared to withdraw from in 2021.

Gas Infrastructure Europe advocates for long-term LNG contracts

18 August 2022

Gas Infrastructure Europe advocated for European policymakers to support long-term Liquified Natural Gas contracts in a 10th August S&P Global article.

US financial groups oppose the SEC's proposed ESG rules

18 August 2022

On August 16th, the Financial Times reported that the Investment Company Institute called for the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) proposed ESG fund names rule to be “discarded,” saying the proposal “inappropriately elevates the importance of a fund’s name.” In August 12th letters to the SEC, the US Chamber outlined its opposition to proposed rules on ESG Fund Names and on Enhanced Disclosures by Investment Advisers and Investment Companies on ESG Investment Practices. The Chamber encouraged the Commission to withdraw and reconsider both rules.

US industry associations support passage of the Inflation Reduction Act

18 August 2022

Following the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in the House on August 12th, the CEOs and Presidents of industry groups Advanced Energy Economy, American Clean Power Association, Edison Electric Institute, and Solar Energy Industries Association released individual statements in which they supported the House's vote and celebrated the legislation as a significant step toward decarbonizing the U.S. power grid.

AFPM opposes climate provisions under the Inflation Reduction Act

03 November 2022

In a blog post released on 11th August, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) announced its opposition to the Inflation Reduction Act being considered in the House. The blog post detailed its specific opposition to climate provisions, including the electric vehicle tax credit and the methane fee.

Ameren CEO discusses the Inflation Reduction Act with President Biden

12 August 2022

As reported by Reuters on August 4th, Ameren CEO Warner Baxter, along with several other industry executives, was present at a teleconference with President Biden to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act. Neither the article nor the White House transcript of the meeting, however, contained any statements or positions from Baxter regarding the legislation’s climate provisions.

Rio Tinto supports Australia's GHG target while advocating for coal beyond 2030

11 August 2022

In a July 29th Sydney Morning Herald Article, Rio Tinto CEO Jakob Stausholm supported Australia’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by 2030, stating that it is aligned with Rio Tinto’s strategy. However, in an August 4th Australian Financial Review Article, the company's Australia CEO Kellie Parker said that the Queensland Gladstone coal-fired power station should play a role in the energy transition beyond 2030.

US entities advocate for Congress to pass the Inflation Reduction Act

12 August 2022

On August 5th, in response to the uncertainty surrounding Senator Sinema's position on the Inflation Reduction Act, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) organized a joint letter signed by Arizona solar and storage businesses which advocated to Senators Sinema and Kelly, who represent Arizona in Congress, to support the passage of the legislation’s solar provisions. The letter was signed by over 90 companies, including the American subsidiaries for EDF Renewables and EDP Renewables.

In an August 5th statement organized by Ceres and Business Forward, companies advocated for Congress to pass the climate provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act, emphasizing that “it is past time to invest in our country’s shift to a clean energy economy and to confront the threat of climate change.” The signatory companies included Avangrid, BP America, Danone North America, DSM North America, Ford Motor Company, Holcim US, IKEA Retail US, Johnson Controls, Orsted North America, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), SAP, Softbank subsidiary SB Energy, Schneider Electric, Shell USA, Unilever United States, and VF Corporation.

Eurelectric expresses support for the EU Fit for 55 package

05 August 2022

In a LinkedIn article published by Eurelectric on 15th July, the industry association expressed its support for the EU Fit for 55 package, specifically welcoming the revision of the EU Renewable Energy Directive.

Financial groups express concern on ISSB's proposed scope 3 disclosure requirements

05 August 2022

In July 29th responses to the International Sustainability Standards Board’s (ISSB) Climate and Sustainability Disclosure Exposure Drafts, several financial groups expressed concern with the ISSB's proposed Scope 3 emissions disclosures, and encouraged regulators to take a more flexible approach toward Scope 3 disclosure requirements. These include: BlackRock, State Street, Investment Company Institute, the American Bankers Association, the Bank Policy Institute, and Vanguard.

Cenovus and CAPP oppose a cap on oil & gas emissions

05 August 2022

On July 28th, the Calgary Herald reported that Cenovus CEO, Alex Pourbaix, did not support the introduction of the Canadian federal government’s proposed cap on oil and gas emissions. Pourbaix said that the new legislation, if implemented, could lead to reduction in oil and gas production in Canada amidst the energy crisis. Earlier, on June 18th, the Financial Post had reported that proposals were also opposed by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) President, Lisa Baiton. Baiton claimed that the “regulatory burden” from the emissions cap would limit oil and gas investment in Canada.

AES and Duke Energy appear to support the Reconciliation Bill's clean energy tax

05 August 2022

Following the news last week that Senator Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Schumer had agreed upon a climate package in the budget reconciliation bill, utility AES Corp appeared to support the reconciliation bill’s clean energy tax credits in a July 30th Washington Post article, stating that solar project developers are depending on the climate package’s incentives. Previously, on July 29th, Politico reported that Duke Energy had been meeting with Manchin to “make the case” for a clean energy package.

US Chamber and NAM express concern at the Inflation Reduction Act

05 August 2022

According to a 28th July article from The Hill, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Chief Policy Officer, Neil Bradley, expressed concern regarding the Inflation Reduction Act, suggesting that it would exacerbate economic problems. In the same article, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) CEO Jay Timmons expressed concern regarding the impact the bill would have on manufacturers. The Inflation Reduction Act contains provision for $369 billion in climate investments.

Hitachi's chair appears to support an early restart of nuclear power plants

27 July 2022

During the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) summer forum held on July 21st and 22nd, the chair of Hitachi requested an early restart of nuclear power plants which have been confirmed to be safe, without stating a position on the energy mix in general.

US Associations advocate for a federal climate bill

27 July 2022

In a July 20th press release, American Clean Power Association (ACP) CEO Heather Zichal advocated for government action on climate change and urged Congress to “get back to the table and come to a consensus on clean energy provisions that our country so desperately needs.” ACP’s push for a federal climate bill follows the breakdown of Congressional negotiations on the Build Back Better and inconsistent statements from Senator Manchin.

In an opinion article published by The Hill on July 20th, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) CEO Abigail Ross Hopper advocated for Congress to pass a climate package through budget reconciliation that includes tax credits for solar and clean energy. Citing research from the Rhodium Group that found the tax credits would help to address rising prices, Hopper emphasized that “if the concern is inflation, passing the reconciliation legislation is an essential part of the solution.” SEIA has continued to advocate for a federal climate bill after Senate negotiations on the reconciliation bill have broken down: on July 20th, the association Tweeted support for a climate deal and linked it to an action campaign that asked individuals to call their representatives in Congress and urge them to pass clean energy tax credits.

In a July 19th article by S&P Global regarding the stalled negotiations over the reconciliation bill, Exelon CEO Chris Crane appeared to support Congress returning to negotiations to pass a federal climate package. In the same article, a spokesperson for Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) similarly appeared to support Congress continuing “to look for a path forward to pass these important clean energy investments.”

CLEPA appears to oppose the EU's proposed heavy-duty vehicle CO2 reduction target

22 July 2022

In a July 2022 position paper, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) appeared to oppose the proposed 2025 15% heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) CO2 reduction target in the EU and called for a review period of the 2030 30% reduction target in 2027-2028. CLEPA also appeared to advocate for a long-term role for internal combustion engine-powered HDVs in the EU, calling for flexibility mechanisms to account for low-carbon and carbon-neutral fuels in the proposed HDV CO2 emissions targets.

BusinessEurope holds a mixed position on policies under the EU's Fit for 55 package

20 July 2022

In its weekly newsletter, published on 14th July, BusinessEurope stated positions on several of the EU’s Fit for 55 package policies, which have had positions agreed by all EU institutions. It supported increasing the ambition of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation and was in favor of speeding up the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for road transport and buildings. However, it supported the EU Parliament’s proposal to stagger the rebasing of the EU ETS emissions cap. It also did not support proposals for an EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), advocating for export rebates.

KITA appears to support GHG emission reduction targets and renewable energy legislation

20 July 2022

In Korea International Trade Association's (KITA) July 19th policy recommendation, containing the opinions of 342 CEOs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), KITA supported quantifying external emissions and GHG emissions reduction target of SMEs to foster a carbon neutral system. The association also supported renewable energy legislation, such as Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and tax incentives, for SMEs to increase their demand on renewables.

CAPP states support for the expansion of the LNG industry

19 July 2022

Between July 11 and July 14, 2022, a series of tweets from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) supported the expansion of LNG industry in Canada. This included tweets in support of LNG export and gas infrastructure to raise Canada’s role in global energy supply, particularly in Europe. A tweet also claimed that “the world’s best LNG” ­– from Canada – could decrease global greenhouse gas emissions, while another tweet suggested that oil and gas development was a “pathway for Indigenous self-determination, economic reconciliation”.

Hydrogen Europe advocates for more ambitious EU climate policies

19 July 2022

In a 12th July press release, industry association Hydrogen Europe advocated for a more ambitious blending mandate for synthetic fuels and the inclusion of green hydrogen in the ReFuelEU Aviation legislature. CEO Jorgo Chatzimarkakis called for higher ambition in the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) 2030 targets, advocating for a 45% target by 2030 and higher transport sector sub-targets in a 13th July press release. However, he also supported weakening strict requirements for renewable hydrogen in the RED Delegated Act on Renewable Fuels of Non-Biological Origin (RFNBOs).

US Chamber opposes climate risk regulation

15 July 2022

In a June 30th response to a consultation on climate risk by the global Financial Stability Board (FSB), the US Chamber of Commerce opposed the need for regulatory intervention on climate risk broadly, as well as specifically opposing Scope 3 disclosure requirements and macroprudential measures. The Chamber also described the timeframe for reaching net-zero as “30-50 years”.

VCI and BDI appear to support fossil gas inclusion in the EU taxonomy

15 July 2022

In a tweet on 6th July, the Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) supported the EU Parliament taxonomy vote and the temporary categorization of fossil gas as sustainable. Meanwhile, in a Euractiv article from the same day, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) was quoted as supporting the EU Parliament taxonomy vote, stating support for 'renewable and alternative gases' as bridge technologies in the energy transition.

American Petroleum Institute supports fossil gas in the EU taxonomy

15 July 2022

In an American Petroleum Institute (API) blog post from July 8th 2022, the association appeared to support the inclusion of fossil gas in the EU Taxonomy.

API advocates for removal of oil and gas leasing restrictions

03 November 2022

On July 6th 2022, the Vice President of Upstream Policy at the American Petroleum Institute (API), Kevin O’Scannlain, wrote an op-ed in Real Clear Energy advocating for the removal of restrictions on oil and gas leasing in US federal lands and waters. O’Scannlain also called for a “robust” 5-year leasing program in the Outer Continental Shelf. The article also opposed the US Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of methane in the Permian Basin, calling it “unproductive” and “burdensome”, and went on to use this argument to support the expansion of Section 45Q tax credits for the development of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS).

European Banking Federation opposes mandatory EU Green Bond Standard

14 July 2022

In a 4th July position paper, the European Banking Federation (EBF) opposed the EU Parliament’s proposal for a mandatory EU Green Bond Standard, stating that a “voluntary standard, as initially proposed by the European Commission, will better serve the growth of the green bond market and the EU GBS will likely find wide acceptance without being established as a mandatory standard”.

GasNaturally and Eurogas support weakening of the EU taxonomy

14 July 2022

In a 6th July press release, GasNaturally President Dawn Summers supported a weakening of the EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy, by including a transitional role for fossil gas. Summers supported the EU Parliament’s decision not to veto the EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy Delegated Act. Meanwhile, Eurogas Secretary-General James Watson welcomed the EU Parliament’s decision to include fossil gas in the EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy, in a 6th July Euractiv article. Watson also called for more support for LNG imports.

Federation of Korean Industries supports K-ETS reforms

14 July 2022

On the 12th July, E-Daily News Korea reported that the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) supported reforming the Korea Emissions Trading Scheme (K-ETS) to link it to international voluntary carbon markets, running contrary to the policy’s objective to increase carbon prices and reduce emissions within Korea.

Lufthansa unsupportive of EU SAF mandate and extension of the EU ETS to aviation

06 July 2022

In a 27th June policy brief, Lufthansa appeared unsupportive of an extension of the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) to flights departing the EEA and the inclusion of non-CO2 impacts, as proposed by EU Parliament. It further appeared to emphasize cost, competition and carbon leakage concerns with the EU sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) mandate and advocated for a “competition-neutral” design, without specifying any specific amendments.

ALEC welcomes Supreme Court's ruling to limit EPA authority on GHG regulation

06 July 2022

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) released a press release on 30th June supporting the Supreme Court’s ruling on West Virginia v the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This decision rolled back the power of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. In the press release, ALEC called the ruling a “welcome restraint on the heavy hand of regulation.”

CAPP CEO supports domestic oil and gas production

06 July 2022

On June 30th, the President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), Lisa Baiton, wrote an opinion piece in the Calgary Herald urging the G7 leaders to support Canada’s oil and gas to address the energy scarcity following the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Responding to the recent G7 summit in Germany, Baiton claimed that Canada’s “responsibly produced oil and natural gas” will ensure a reliable and affordable supply of energy.

GasNaturally advocates to weaken EU energy policies

06 July 2022

In a 30th June position paper, GasNaturally advocated for the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive revision to reverse national bans on fossil gas technologies, including gas and hybrid boilers. Furthermore, GasNaturally called for the EU Hydrogen and Gas Decarbonization Package to provide clearer definitions for renewable and low-carbon gases in a 1st July position paper. However, the group also advocated for all forms of hydrogen to be supported in the scope of the policy.

Eurelectric supports ICE vehicle phase out by 2035 in the EU

06 July 2022

In a 29th June tweet, Eurelectric expressed support for the EU phase out of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by 2035, describing the EU decision as a win for e-mobility.

Chevron CEO advocates for oil and gas projects in the U.S.

30 June 2022

On June 21st 2022, Chevron CEO Mike Wirth sent a letter to the US President seeking “clarity and consistency” on policies related to oil and gas development, including oil and gas leases and permits on federal lands. The letter also supported the American Petroleum Institute’s recently announced “10-point plan” that had advocated for a new 5-year program for oil and gas leasing in the Outer Continental Shelf, quarterly onshore lease sales, and approval of all LNG export project applications in the US.

Toray Industries supports Japan's Green Growth Strategy

30 June 2022

In a working group meeting by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on June 23rd, Toray Industries presented on its project implementation efforts, during which it appeared to support Japan's Green Growth Strategy, stating that the “utilization of green hydrogen in the non-power field and expansion of renewable power are important for the realization of carbon neutrality.”

Confindustria opposes ICE vehicle phase out by 2035 in EU

30 June 2022

In a 24th June press release, Confindustria stated opposition to the proposed phase-out of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales by 2035 in Europe, suggesting that the target could be delayed in the EU Council session at the end of June.

BusinessEurope advocates for weakening of EU taxonomy

30 June 2022

In a letter to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on 23rd June, BusinessEurope advocated for the weakening of the EU taxonomy by urging MEPs to support the complementary delegated act that would add certain gas and nuclear activities to the taxonomy.

NTPC Chairman does not support phase out of coal in India

30 June 2022

In a 22nd June Live Mint article, Gurdeep Singh, Chairman of India’s state-owned utility NTPC Ltd, did not support discussions regarding the phase out or phase down of coal power in India, instead suggesting coal would be needed for several decades to come.

Eurogas and GD4S advocated on EU Energy Efficiency Directive with mixed positions

30 June 2022

In a 22nd June joint letter to the EU Council, industry associations including Eurogas and Gas Distributors for Sustainability (GD4S) called for the EU Energy Efficiency Directive revision to extend the energy savings obligation to include renewable and decarbonized gases in the residential heating sector.

VCI opposes inclusion of chemical sector in Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

30 June 2022

In a 22nd June press release, the Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) expressed its opposition to the inclusion of the chemical sector in the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), criticizing raising costs for CO2 certificates under the market stability reserve.

American Petroleum Institute advocates for Biden to advance US fossil fuel developments

23 June 2022

On June 14, 2022, American Petroleum Institute (API) sent a letter to the US President advocating for policies for oil and gas development in the US. The letter included a “10-point plan” that called for a new 5-year program for oil and gas leasing in the Outer Continental Shelf, quarterly onshore lease sales, and approval of all LNG export project applications. The letter also requested the revision to the infrastructure permitting process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and opposed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) involvement in the fossil gas permitting process. On June 15th, in responding to the Biden Administration’s recent letter to US oil refiners to increase production in the short term, API advocated for fossil fuel infrastructure and the removal of regulatory compliance costs.

Eurofer and WindEurope state support for renewables scale-up in RePower EU

23 June 2022

WindEurope and Eurofer published a joint statement on 21st June supporting the RePower EU legislation to scale up renewable energy and renewable hydrogen to decarbonize industry.

Corporate Leaders Group states support for ambitious EU Emissions Trading System reforms

23 June 2022

In a press release published on 8th June, the Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) supported an ambitious agreement on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) in the EU Parliament plenary. It stated that the free allocation of emissions allowances cannot continue in its current form, but suggested that they should only be phased out as fast as possible for sectors which do not face low-carbon competition from overseas on a large scale.

World Shipping Council opposes EU Emissions Trading System expansion

23 June 2022

In a June 17th press release, the World Shipping Council appeared to oppose an extension of the EU Emissions Trading System to extra-EEA voyages, instead advocating for a global market-based mechanism.

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers claims climate policy is contributing to the energy crisis

23 June 2022

On June 15th 2022, the CEO of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), along with the CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, sent a letter directly to President Biden in response to his recent letter to US refiners. In the letter, AFPM claimed several climate policies were contributing to the current US energy crisis, specifically citing California’s EV mandate, the 2022 National Environmental Policy Act Revisions, and the 2023-2026 Light-Duty Vehicle Emissions Standards. The letter also called for increased domestic production and more infrastructure.

US power sector coalition intervenes in support of ambitious emissions standards

23 June 2022

In defense of the Biden administration’s reinstatement of the California Clean Air Act waiver, Advanced Energy Economy and National Grid USA joined a coalition of power companies in a joint motion to intervene on June 13th in the case Ohio v. Environmental Protection Agency. The entities advocated for the California waiver, which allows the state to set vehicle emissions standards that are more ambitious than federal standards, stating that it creates the “regulatory certainty” necessary for investments and interests in transport electrification.

Gazprom promotes expansion of methane infrastructure

23 June 2022

On 21st June 2022, Gazprom appeared to advocate for the expansion of methane (fossil gas) infrastructure, stating that it would ‘remain the most cost-effective option’ and ‘most affordable fuel for consumers’ over the next decade.

Siemens Energy and Cummins advocate for maritime e-fuel target

17 June 2022

In a joint letter on June 17th, Hydrogen Europe, Siemens Energy and Cummins urged the EU to adopt a 6% 2030 e-fuel target in the FuelEU Maritime, alongside a 5x e-fuel multiplier to promote their use.

Auto companies urge US Congress to lift cap on electric vehicle tax credits

17 June 2022

On June 13th, Toyota, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis urged US Congress to lift a cap on the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit, which incentivizes the purchase of EVs, citing recent economic pressures and supply chain constraints which are increasing the cost of manufacturing EVs. The $7,500 tax credit phases out after a manufacturer hits 200,000 vehicles sold - both General Motors and Tesla have already hit the cap and are no longer eligible for the consumer tax credits.

Public Service Enterprise Group advocates for EV and renewable tax credits alongside gas

17 June 2022

In a June 7th opinion piece published by CNN, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) CEO Ralph Izzo advocated for the immediate passage of EV tax credits and renewable energy tax credits in the federal reconciliation bill. In the same piece, however, Izzo stated that the U.S. should increase its gas exports to Europe and Asia in response to the crisis in Ukraine, emphasizing that the U.S. can help to “reduce global dependence on dirtier energy sources likes coal.”

American Petroleum Institute advocates for continuation of federal oil and gas leasing

17 June 2022

On June 5th, the American Petroleum Institute (API) along with other industry associations sent a letter to the US President advocating for the continuation of oil and gas leasing on federal lands. Further, in a clip of an API interview with CNN, posted on API’s Twitter page on June 7th, API President Mike Sommers called for “policies that advance energy”. An API press release also reported its opposition to the latest US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) biofuel blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard on June 3rd, citing that the mandates would place “additional pressures and risks on refiners and blenders”.

CEMBUREAU voices disappointment on failure to pass ETS reforms

17 June 2022

In press releases published on the 8-9th June, CEMBUREAU expressed disappointment at the failure of the EU Parliament Plenary to agree on proposals for the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). CEMBUREAU stated support for "some key issues" within both the ambitious Environment Committee draft and the weaker EU Parliament draft, but did not specify its position on the phase-out timeline for free allowances.

Hydrogen Europe promotes hydrogen measures in EU policies

17 June 2022

In an 8th June social media post, Hydrogen Europe CEO Jorgo Chatzimarkakis supported stronger measures for hydrogen in the EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure regulation, FuelEU Maritime, and the ReFuelEU Aviation proposals.

VCI opposes the EU ETS reforms

17 June 2022

Ahead of the plenary votes in the EU Parliament on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) reform and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) on 8th June, the Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) published a press release in which director general Große-Entrup stated the association's opposition to the proposed ETS reforms and emphasized the potential negative impacts of CBAM on the chemical sector.

Fortescue advocates for a more ambitious GHG target

16 June 2022

In a June 8th Renew Economy article, Felicity Underhill, a regional director at subsidiary Fortescue Future Industries, stated that Australia’s net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 goal was “not enough” and that “we actually need to do more”. Underhill supported a more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction target, and stated that she is not convinced that the government is serious about net-zero by 2050.

Auto companies support stricter GHG standards for California

10 June 2022

On June 7th, Ford, Volkswagen, Honda, BMW and Volvo Cars, in a court filing, supported the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s decision to restore California's ability to set its own stricter greenhouse gas emissions standards independent of federal standards under the Clean Air Act, after a group of 17 states filed a challenge to the EPA decision last month.

Companies oppose EU vehicle CO2 target

10 June 2022

On May 31st, a group of companies and industry associations representing the mobility, engineering, and energy sectors, including Mazda, Eni, Siemens Energy, Repsol and Liquid Gas Europe, signed a joint letter to Members of European Parliament (MEPs) strongly opposing a zero-emissions CO2 target for cars and vans ahead of the European Parliament's plenary vote. They instead called for a technology open regulation that recognizes the contribution of sustainable renewable fuels, thus promoting a long-term role for the internal combustion engine over a complete transition to EVs in the EU.

Keidanren opposes key components of SEC climate disclosure rule

09 June 2022

In a May 31st submission to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Keidanren (the Japanese Business Federation) opposed several key components of the SEC’s proposed climate change disclosure rule, including mandatory scope 3 reporting, the requirement to disclose the financial impacts of climate change, and the requirement to publish an attestation report. It also called for a delay to implementation of the rule.

BusinessEurope unsupportive of EU ETS reform for aviation

09 June 2022

In a statement published on 31st June, BusinessEurope did not support the EU Parliament Environment Committee’s proposed reform to the EU Emissions Trading System for aviation to extend the scope of the scheme to all intra- and inter- EU flights, stressing the risks of unilateral action.

Offshore Energies UK opposes tax on oil and gas producers

09 June 2022

In a May 24th press release, Offshore Energies UK CEO, Deidre Michie, opposed the UK Government's decision to introduce a windfall tax on oil and gas producers, stating that it would harm investments in new energy supplies and the energy transition. She added that the UK would continue to require oil and gas for decades to come and did not support an end to oil and gas developments.

Hydrogen Europe supports weakening of EU Renewable Energy Directive

09 June 2022

Industry association Hydrogen Europe appeared to support a weakening of the Delegated Acts in the EU Renewable Energy Directive. The group supported including a grandfathering clause to delay stricter guidelines for renewable hydrogen projects until 2027, and did not support strict temporal correlation guidelines in a 24th May position paper.

Truist comments on Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's climate regulation

09 June 2022

In a June 3rd comment to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Truist encouraged flexibility in climate risk management regulation and emphasized that emerging data and methodologies limit the usefulness of scenario analysis and other risk management strategies. Truist also asked the Corporation to reconsider a proposed provision to require financial institutions to mitigate the impact that risk management has on the broader economy.

Eurofer and steel companies unsupportive of EU ETS and CBAM reform

09 June 2022

An open letter to the European Parliament and Member States facilitated by Eurofer and signed by European CEOs of EU steel companies stressed concerns regarding the recent vote in the EU Parliament Environment Committee to increase the ambition of the EU Emissions Trading System and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism. They were unsupportive of "scaling back existing carbon leakage protection" and advocated for EU policymakers to "prevent a sharp decrease in free allocation." This was signed by regional and/or division CEOs of thyssenkrupp, ArcelorMittal, SSAB, Tata Steel and other companies in the steel value chain.

Sempra Energy supports "renewable natural gas" to decarbonize buildings

09 June 2022

According to a May 27th article by the Los Angeles Times, Sempra Energy's subsidiary SoCalGas supported the Los Angeles City Council vote to restrict fossil gas in new buildings. However, in its statement, the company emphasized that building decarbonization could be accompanied with the inclusion of “renewable natural gas” and did not place any conditions on the need to deploy CCS or methane abatement measures. The LA City Council vote to restrict fossil gas in new buildings did not include any timelines for the rules to take effect.

NextEra Energy supports SEC climate disclosure rule

09 June 2022

At a May 2022 Aspen Institute event, NextEra Energy CEO, Rebecca Kujawa, appeared to support the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) proposed climate disclosure rule because it would push companies to buy renewable energy. Kujawa stated that utilities would have a “whole new customer base that’s going to be excited about decarbonization” which would present “trillions of dollars of investment opportunity.”

Korea Independent Power Producers Association supports energy transition with caveat

09 June 2022

On the 26th May, the Vice President of the Korea Independent Power Producers Association (IPPA), Yoo Yeon-baek, appeared to support a transition of the energy mix with exceptions, citing the specific conditions of securing energy supply stability and “reasonable energy mix” for the transition.

Eurofer supports weakening RED and EED

27 May 2022

In a position paper published on 19th May, Eurofer advocated to weaken the reform of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) by supporting the inclusion of recycled carbon fuels and advocating for more flexible additionality criteria. The association also did not support proposed GHG emission standards for cogeneration in the Energy Efficiency Directive reform.

CEOE advocates for technology neutrality in CO2 standards

27 May 2022

In a position statement outlining priorities for the Spanish Presidency of the EU Council, published on 22nd May, the Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales (CEOE) advocated for technology neutrality in the EU’s CO2 standards for light duty vehicles.

Eurofer states opposition to ambitious EU ETS reform

27 May 2022

In a position paper published on 19th May, Eurofer advocated for the continuation of current carbon leakage protection measures under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) until at least 2030, alongside the EU's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). The association also did not support proposed reforms to the EU ETS, such as strengthening the Market Stability Reserve and rebasing the emissions cap. The Director General Axel Eggert came out against the EU Parliament Environment Committee’s vote to increase the ambition of the EU ETS and the CBAM, opposing the new phaseout date of 2030.

RWE and Hydrogen Europe oppose renewable hydrogen requirements in RepowerEU

25 May 2022

In 23rd May article in S&P Global, RWE CEO Markus Krebber did not appear to support the renewable hydrogen requirements in the EU’s REPowerEU proposal. Industry group Hydrogen Europe took a similar position, not supporting additionality and temporal correlation requirements.

Eurogas and GIE appear to support weakening of the Renovation Wave

25 May 2022

European gas sector industry associations Eurogas and Gas Infrastructure Europe released a 17th May joint position paper on the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The groups appeared to support a weakening of the policy, by promoting the inclusion of fossil gas technologies.

thyssenkrupp opposes ambitious EU ETS reform reform

25 May 2022

In a press release on 23rd May, thyssenkrupp stressed that the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) must not be too ambitious, in response to the EU Parliament Environment Committee’s vote to increase the ambition of the policy reform. The company was also unsupportive of the decision to speed up the phase out of the free allocation of emissions allowances alongside a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), and suggested that companies investing in decarbonization should be exempt from this phase out.

US Chamber question the Department of Labor's authority

25 May 2022

In May 16 comments to the Department of Labor in response to its request for input on Possible Agency Actions to Protect Life Savings and Pensions from Threats of Climate-Related Financial Risk, the US Chamber of Commerce argued that the agency did not have the authority to require fiduciaries to consider climate risk in decision making or disclose how they consider climate risk in decision making.

Woodside executives advocate for the continued role of fossil fuels

25 May 2022

In their address at Woodside’s 2022 AGM on the 19th May, Chairman Richard Goyder and CEO Meg O’Neill both advocated for the continued role of fossil fuels in the energy mix. Goyder stated that oil and gas will be used for ‘decades to come’, while stating that fossil gas is needed in Asia for coal to gas switching. O’Neill stated that geo-political uncertainty strengthens the case for new fossil gas developments in Australia. Similarly, in a May 25th AFR article, O'Neill is reported to have stated that the need for low carbon energy has temporarily taken a back seat.

Whitehaven Coal CEO calls for Labor to back coal and gas exporters

25 May 2022

In a May 23rd Australian Financial Review article, Whitehaven Coal CEO, Paul Flynn, called for the new Australian Labor government to “hold firm in backing coal and gas exporters”, and to ensure that the government remains supportive of the competitiveness of Australia’s export industries, including emissions-intensive sectors.

APPEA call for Labor to recognize the role for gas

24 May 2022

In a May 22nd press release, acting Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) CEO, Damian Dwyer, encouraged the newly elected Labor government to recognize the ‘critical role of gas’ and called for policy to improve the investment environment. Similarly, in an AFR article on the same day, APPEA Chairman Ian Davies called for policy to secure investments in ‘traditional’ industries and said he was concerned that some commentary was equating climate action to eradicating fossil fuels.

Corporate Leaders Group calls for more ambitious EU climate policies

23 May 2022

On 11th May, ahead of the REPowerEU plan, Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) Europe published a joint letter that advocated for increased ambition on the Renewable Energy Directive, and advocated for increased ambition and action on the Energy Efficiency Directive and Energy Performance of Building Directives.

US financials oppose regulation on climate risks in pensions and life savings

18 May 2022

In May 2022 responses to the Department of Labor’s request for information on Possible Agency Action to Protect Life Savings and Pensions from Threats of Climate-Related Financial Risk, the American Bankers Association (ABA), the American Retirement Association (ARA), and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) stated opposition to regulatory action to require fiduciaries to consider climate risk in retirement plan decision making.

Public Service Enterprise Group supports U.S. clean energy tax package

18 May 2022

In the May 11th 'LEAD on Ceres' media briefing posted on YouTube, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) CEO, Ralph Izzo, advocated for the US Senate to pass the Build Back Better Act’s clean energy tax package. In his comments, Izzo emphasized that the renewable energy incentives are “desperately needed” and supported any solution, whether it was a bipartisan package or a budget reconciliation bill, that included those provisions.

Cemex unsupportive of EU ETS reforms

18 May 2022

The news outlet Echodonia reported on 13th May that Cemex did not support reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), stressing the costs from high carbon prices. It also advocated for a gradual reduction of the free allocation of emissions allowances in the EU ETS alongside the implementation of a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM).

BusinessEurope opposes 2035 ICE phase out

18 May 2022

In a letter to members of the EU Parliament's Environment Committee on 10th May, BusinessEurope opposed the proposed 2035 phase out for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles on the basis of technology neutrality.

GasNaturally supports a weakening of the EU Taxonomy

18 May 2022

In an 11th May position statement, European industry association GasNaturally supported a weakening of the EU Commission’s proposal for the sustainable finance taxonomy, by supporting the inclusion of fossil gas and advocating for higher thresholds to permit more fossil gas technologies. The group also promoted the role of unabated fossil gas in the energy mix.

ERT supports EU renewable energy and energy efficiency regulations

18 May 2022

In a 12th May statement, the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) communicated high-level support for the EU's Renewable Energy Directive and other renewable energy incentives, including power purchase agreements. In the same statement, ERT supported an acceleration of energy efficiency initiatives, and for a number of measures to strengthen the proposed Energy Efficiency Directive.

KAMA advocates to abolish GHG emissions regulation or EV sales system

18 May 2022

On the 10th May, the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) advocated to abolish either the GHG emissions regulations or obligatory EVs sales system of South Korea, citing a double regulatory burden, at a meeting with the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) in Brussels.

Companies support 2035 diesel and petrol phase out and zero-emissions by 2050

17 May 2022

In a joint letter on 18th May, companies including Ford Motor, Volvo Cars, Iberdrola, Vattenfall, Uber, Unilever, and EDP urged the European Parliament and EU governments to support a 2035 diesel and petrol phase out date for new cars in Europe. The letter also stated support for all cars and vans on the road to reach zero-emissions by 2050.

BP supports fossil gas and 'technologically neutral' hydrogen policies

17 May 2022

In a 12th April consultation response on the EU’s Hydrogen and Gas Decarbonisation Package, published this week, BP appeared to support the continued use of fossil gas in the energy mix, citing the need to complement renewable energy, improve air quality and reduce emissions. The company also advocated for ‘technologically neutral’ hydrogen policies, stating preference for a certification scheme that is based on carbon intensity, rather than method of production

US utilities and associations advocate for fossil gas funding in the US

11 May 2022

Together with over fifty utilities, energy companies, and associations, the American Gas Association (AGA) sent a joint letter dated May 2nd to the federal House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development advocating for increased research and development funding toward fossil gas in the Fiscal Year 2023 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. Among other provisions to secure the long-term role of fossil gas, the letter requested for federal research investments toward “lower-carbon” fuels in buildings and natural gas vehicles. Signatories included AGA CEO Karen Harbert, DTE Energy CEO Jerry Norica, and National Fuel Gas Company CEO David P. Bauer.

Wintershall Dea supports new fossil gas infrastructure to replace Russian fuels

11 May 2022

In a 5th May 2022 press release, Wintershall Dea, a subsidiary of BASF, supported diversifying the European energy mix away from dependency on Russian fossil fuels by advocating for investment in domestic fossil gas production in Norway, suggesting that the fuel is ‘clean’ without placing conditions on the use of CCS. In another press release on the same day, Wintershall Dea supported new infrastructure in Algeria that will lock in unabated fossil gas, whilst supporting renewable energy and climate-friendly hydrogen in the long-term.

BMW and ACEA advocate for delay in EU zero emissions CO2 target for vehicles

11 May 2022

In May 2022, Politico Pro reported that BMW CEO and ACEA Chair, Oliver Zipse, had sent a letter to French President Macron urging to delay introducing an EU zero-emissions CO2 target for vehicles from 2035 to 2040 and calling for the final decision to be delayed until 2028, opposing an EU phase-out of ICE-powered light-duty vehicles until 2040.

Enel advocates for gas infrastructure alongside renewables

11 May 2022

Francesco Starace, CEO of Italian utility Enel, appeared to support new re-gasification infrastructure in Europe in a 5th May interview with CNBC. Starace did, however, suggest the bulk of infrastructure spending should remain on accelerating renewable energy and phasing out fossil fuels.

Gas Infrastructure Europe advocates for new LNG infrastructure

11 May 2022

In a 4th May position paper, Gas Infrastructure Europe advocated for new LNG infrastructure and promoted the role of unabated fossil gas to displace coal power. The group also called for more LNG imports to diversify the European energy mix away from Russian fossil fuels, while also supporting fast tracking renewable hydrogen projects and imports.

American Electric Power's position on US Build Back Better Act unclear

05 May 2022

In an April 28th CNN article on Senator Manchin and the possibility of a stand-alone climate package, American Electric Power (AEP) CEO Nick Akins did not take a clear position on the climate provisions of the Build Back Better Act and stated that any energy bill will be “a very difficult proposition to get through.” The article stated that Akins is “close to Manchin”, suggesting that Akins may be directly engaging with the Senator during renewed talks on the legislation.

ACEA and Hydrogen Europe call for ambitious alternative fuels infrastructure targets

05 May 2022

On the 3rd May, Director General of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) and the CEO of Hydrogen Europe signed a joint letter calling for more ambitious alternative fuels infrastructure targets in the EU to allow for the rapid uptake of zero-emission vehicles. This included ambitious mandatory TEN-T targets from 2025 at the latest, and for the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) to set minimum requirements for the establishment of a comprehensive and interconnected network of alternative fuels infrastructure across the EU.

Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry appears unsupportive of carbon neutrality policy

04 May 2022

On the 29th April, the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) hosted a meeting of member companies with the Head of the Presidential Transition Committee, Ahn Cheol-soo. The KCCI member companies asked the new government to provide ‘institutional support’ to industry for climate policy, but also asked that ‘businesses are not regulated’ under carbon neutrality policy.

Eurofer unsupportive of ambitious EU ETS reforms

04 May 2022

In an opinion piece for Euractiv, published on the 29th April, Eurofer Director General Axel Eggert cited the war as justification for slowing down the EU Commission’s proposed phase out of free allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) alongside the implementation of a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism. Axel Eggert also did not support proposed reforms to the EU ETS to rebase the emissions cap and strengthen the Market Stability Reserve, stressing the impacts of a unilateral and high carbon price and international competitiveness. However, Eggert also advocated for the RePowerEU and Gas and Hydrogen Decarbonisation package to increase renewable electricity and green hydrogen since the war in Ukraine “undermined the possible role of gas as a transition fuel.”

Cembureau supports CBAM while advocating for continued free allowances

29 April 2022

In a position paper on the RePowerEU legislation, published on 20th April, Cembureau supported a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism in the EU, but did not support the EU Commission’s proposed phase out of the free allocation of emissions allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System from 2026, stressing the impacts of carbon leakage. However, it did advocate for the inclusion of indirect emissions.

ACEA and CLEPA publish action plan for the EU's mobility transition

27 April 2022

On 26th April, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) and the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) published a ’10 point action plan’ in response to the European Commission’s January 2022 document outlining its vision for a mobility transition in the EU. In it, the industry associations advocated for a "technology open" approach to achieving decarbonization, including promoting use of e-fuels, as well as arguing that de-fossilization of the mobility sector should take place in the mid- to long-term, as opposed to the short-term.

US Chamber opposes NEPA climate impact requirements

27 April 2022

Marty Durbin, head of the Global Energy Institute at the US Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement to the Washington Post on April 19th that the Chamber opposed the Biden Administration’s decision to restore climate provisions under the National Environmental Policy Act. The changes would require consideration of climate impacts including “cumulative” impacts from GHG emissions in infrastructure reviews, a move which Durbin argued would result in “unnecessarily extensive and duplicative bureaucratic red tape.”

Advanced Energy Economy criticize delay in clean transport rulemaking

27 April 2022

According to an April 21st article by Colorado Newsline, Advanced Energy Economy opposed the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission's decision to delay the Advanced Clean Trucks rulemaking until 2023. The postponement means that requirements for electrifying medium- and heavy-duty vehicles will not take effect until at least 2026.

Woodside CEO advocates for new fossil gas projects

27 April 2022

In a 22nd April interview, Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill stated that Australia should consider reviving stalled mega fossil gas projects in the Timor Sea and Western Australia as the world moves away from Russian exports. She added ‘It’s no longer about the bottom line, it’s about doing what’s right’ and ‘demands from activists for oil and gas to “go away overnight” were not pragmatic’.

Alliance for Automotive Innovation unsupportive of California's 2026 zero-emission car target

20 April 2022

In an April 14th Globe Gazette news article, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation appeared unsupportive of California's proposal to increase the sales of zero-emission cars to 35% by 2026, arguing that it will be "extremely challenging even in California and may not be achievable in all the states that currently follow California’s program”.

Sempra Energy supports long-term role for LNG exports to Europe and Asia

20 April 2022

In an April 14th E&E News article, a spokesperson for subsidiary Sempra Infrastructure supported the Biden administration’s decision to increase LNG exports to Europe in response to the crisis in Ukraine. The spokesperson also appeared to advocate for the long-term global role of LNG, stating that U.S. gas exports to Europe and Asia were “good for the world.”

BusinessEurope offers qualified support for EU renewables policy

20 April 2022

In an EU public consultation response on 12th April, BusinessEurope advocated for shorter permitting processes for renewable energy plants and increased support for power purchase agreements in the reform of the Renewable Energy Directive and the RePowerEU initiative. However, the association also supported keeping concessions for energy-intensive industry, in the form of renewable energy levy reductions.

WindEurope CEO supports UK's Energy Strategy

20 April 2022

In a 13th April press release, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson stated support for the UK’s Energy Strategy announcement, including its offshore wind energy targets. Dickson also advocated for more ambition to support onshore wind.

American Gas Association opposes a fossil gas ban

13 April 2022

In an April 12th Washington Post article on the New York state budget, American Gas Association CEO Karen Harbert opposed any move to ban fossil gas in new buildings. Such a ban was initially included in the draft budget, but was subsequently cut in the final agreement.

E.ON push for more energy efficiency measures in UK Energy Strategy

13 April 2022

Following the 7th April announcement of the UK Energy Strategy, E.ON UK’s CEO Michael Lewis criticized the strategy, demanding greater emphasis on energy efficiency measures to handle the current energy price crisis.

GIE continues push for new LNG infrastructure

13 April 2022

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) has advocated for new LNG infrastructure on multiple occasions in April. Firstly, on April 5th in the EU Observer, GIE stated its April 2022 conference was aimed at supporting the creation of new LNG terminals. Additionally, in a 6th April social media post, the industry association supported the diversification of the European energy mix, by importing more LNG and building new LNG infrastructure

KPIA opposes regulations limiting fossil fuel production

13 April 2022

On the 10th of April, the Korea Petrochemical Industry Association (KPIA) appeared to oppose tariffs on imported crude oil for the Korean petrochemical sector and regulations on urban oil field projects. KPIA announced that it was ‘having practical discussions' with the Ministry of Economy and Finance to request exemptions for tariffs on imported crude oil, and support for easing regulations on urban oil field projects.

Xcel Energy supports Colorado policy on clean energy investment

07 April 2022

According to its April 4th lobbying reports, Xcel Energy has been supporting Colorado Senate Bill 22-193, the centerpiece of the Colorado Democrats’ legislative package to address air pollution and which contains a wide range of investments in clean energy, energy efficiency, and transport electrification.

US utilities divided on gas ban in buildings

07 April 2022

In a March 31st memo, Consolidated Edison is supporting the building electrification proposals, including a possible gas ban, in the New York state draft budget. As reported by Politico on April 4th, Avangrid and National Grid have not supported the proposals. Both companies are funders of New Yorkers for Affordable Energy, an advocacy group that is running television ads to generate opposition against any limits on gas in buildings. Other supporters of this coalition, as listed on the website ny4affordableenergy.com include Enbridge, Dominion Energy, Williams Companies, and API New York. The budget negotiations have passed their usual April 1st deadline and are still continuing between Governor Hochul and the state legislature.

CEOE unsupportive of EU CBAM

06 April 2022

In a report published on 25th March, the Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales (CEOE) did not seem to support the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, stressing risks of carbon leakage and impacts on competitiveness if the free allocation of emissions allowances are phased out quickly, and advocated for export rebates.

BusinessEurope unsupportive of FuelEU Maritime initiative

06 April 2022

In a stakeholder event on the FuelEU Maritime initiative on 22nd March, BusinessEurope did not appear to support the policy and suggested that over-regulation would cause carbon leakage due to proposals to reform the EU Energy Taxation Directive and EU Emissions Trading System.

J.P. Morgan CEO calls for increased US oil and gas production

06 April 2022

In his letter to shareholders released on April 4th, J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon called for the US to increase oil and gas production to shore up energy security in the midst of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

AFPM calls for increased US oil and gas infrastructure

06 April 2022

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) released a statement of response on March 31st to the Biden Administration's release of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. In this statement, AFPM called for increasing US oil and gas production, pipeline/transportation infrastructure, and refining capacity.

Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association opposes ICE vehicle regulation

29 September 2022

On April 5th, The Hankyoreh reported that Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) Chairman Jung Man-ki appeared to oppose the regulation of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle production, instead calling for more incentive-oriented government policies such as investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Hyundai supports EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation

31 March 2022

On March 30th, Hyundai Motor Group’s Brussels Office tweeted in favor of increased ambition for the EU’s Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR). Hyundai Motor cited research which found that double the number of public charging points in the EU Commission’s AFIR proposal would be needed in order to reach 55% CO2 reduction of passenger vehicles.

American Gas Association opposes inclusion of climate impacts in FERC pipeline policy

31 March 2022

As reported by the Public Broadcasting Service on March 24th, the American Gas Association (AGA) filed a legal challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) February 2022 pipeline policy update, in which climate change impacts would be considered when reviewing new interstate gas pipelines. FERC has since rolled back this updated policy and decided that it will not be applied until further review. AGA has responded to this shift, stating that it was an “encouraging” development.

EU airline associations oppose modal shift from air to rail and short-haul flight bans

30 March 2022

On March 28th, a joint Airports Council International Europe (ACI-Europe) and European Regions Airline Association press release promoted a report prepared for the EU airline industry that advocated against a low-carbon modal shift from air to rail, emphasizing the environmental impact of rail over air travel. The report further advocated against short-haul flight bans in Europe, arguing that a EU-ban on flights of less than 500km would only result in “a reduction of less than 1% of EU transportation emissions”.

America's Power opposes Biden's 2035 carbon-free energy sector target

30 March 2022

On the 21st of March, America’s Power released a blog post in which it opposed the Biden administration’s target of a carbon-free power sector by 2035. The organization stated that the goal is “unrealistic”, and that integrating renewables and battery storage into the US power sector would make energy less reliable and more expensive.

World Coal Association pushes coal in response to COP26 and Ukraine crisis

30 March 2022

In a March 24th report by EcoBusiness, the World Coal Association (WCA) stated that the world still needs coal, particularly in the context of the current energy crisis spurred by the conflict in Ukraine. The association also supported the use of ‘clean coal’, plus WCA CEO Michelle Manook said that the transition to clean sources of power should include “all fuel and technologies”. Manook also said that COP26 reinforced coal’s role in the energy transition.

BusinessEurope opposes EU energy efficiency legislation

24 March 2022

In a letter to the Chair of the EU Environment Council on 16th March, BusinessEurope opposed energy efficiency legislation (e.g. Energy Efficiency Directive), arguing against “formulating energy efficiency goals in terms of absolute reduction of energy consumption”, and suggesting that they should focus on optimizing energy intensity.

Keidanren appears to support nuclear power generation

24 March 2022

As reported by Nikkei, at a regular press conference on March 22nd, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) Chairman Masakazu Tokura, also Chairman of Sumitomo Chemical, stated that “we should seriously consider the effective use of nuclear power generation" in response to the recent tight supply and demand of electricity and in light of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, emphasizing the importance of nuclear power toward realizing the target of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

BMW urge EU to delay 2035 CO2 target for cars and vans

24 March 2022

On 19th of March, the CEO of BMW, and current chair of EU automotive association ACEA, Oliver Zipse, publicly urged the EU to delay its proposed zero-emissions 2035 CO2 target for cars and vans, which effectively phases out new ICE car sales, until “2040 at the earliest” according to a Politico article. He further urged policymakers to delay finalizing a decision on a zero-emissions target date until later this decade, instead of 2022.

OEUK claims that North Sea oil and gas investments will help transition to net zero

24 March 2022

In a March 18th press release, Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) CEO Dierdre Michie voiced support for Boris Johnson’s warning that it would be ‘crazy’ to shut down North Sea oil and gas production. She also stated that an increase in oil and gas investments would help the UK transition to net zero.

EU associations call for higher ambition in the EU's Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation

24 March 2022

On the 18th March, several transport and energy sector trade associations including Eurelectric, WindEurope, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), and the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) released a joint statement calling for higher ambition in the EU’s Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR). The statement also supported measures to develop EV infrastructure in the AFIR revision, and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

Enel advocates for new LNG terminals

18 March 2022

On the 8th March, Reuters reported that Enel has advocated for two additional LNG terminals to help diversify the Italian energy mix, and reduce the dependence on Russian fossil gas.

APPEA promotes the future role of LNG within an Australian government report

16 March 2022

In a report released on the 23rd February by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources titled 'Global Resources Strategy Commodity Report: Liquefied Natural Gas', APPEA provided a two-page contribution titled 'Think LNG, Think Australia' where it promoted the role of LNG in Australia, citing the demand from Asia, stable investment environments and its contribution to 'cleaner' energy as reasons why Australia should invest in becoming an LNG exporter. It also adds that Australia should 'enhance' its ability to attract investment in its fossil gas projects.

NextEra supports bill that will lower incentives for rooftop solar in Florida

16 March 2022

As reported by E&E News on March 8th, NextEra subsidiary Florida Power & Light celebrated the passage of the contentious net metering bill which weakens incentives for rooftop solar in the state. Previous reporting in December 2021 revealed the subsidiary’s involvement in drafting and introducing the bill to the state Senate. Solar advocacy groups are now calling on Governor DeSantis to veto the bill.

Confindustria advocates for EU ETS suspension

16 March 2022

Throughout the week of the 7th March, senior representatives of Confindustria called for the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to be suspended in response to high energy prices. This advocacy included public statements from Confindustria President Carlo Bonomi on 9th March and the Director General Francesca Mariotti on 11th March in addition to the position being advocated directly to policymakers in an Italian Parliamentary Hearing on the 10th March.

CMEWA states support for the the Greenhouse Gas Storage and Transport Bill

16 March 2022

On 9th March, Australian Mining reported that the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia supported the draft of a new bill titled the Greenhouse Gas Storage and Transport Bill. This bill aims to support the development of emission reduction technologies such as carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) and mineral carbonation in Western Australia.

Financial companies lobbied in favor of investment in fossil fuels

10 March 2022

Letters submitted to the Texas Municipal Advisory Council and accessed by InfluenceMap in January 2022 show evidence of Barclays, Citigroup, RBC, UBS, U.S. Bancorp, and Wells Fargo stating continued support for investing in fossil fuels. The letters certify that the institutions have pledged to not “boycott energy companies.”

Queensland Resources Council chief executive called for approval of a coal mine project

09 March 2022

In a March 3rd media release, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane called for the approval of the New Acland Mine Stage 3 project, which will expand this Queensland coal mine. Macfarlane stated that “the world, especially Europe, needs Queensland’s high-quality commodities now more than ever”, and that Queensland coal has a role to play in energy security.

Ford Motor advocated for policies to aid EV transition in the US

09 March 2022

On 8th March 2022, a Ford Motor senior executive, Bob Holycross, testified at a US Congress hearing held by the Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, directly advocating to policymakers to support the EV transition in the US, including measures such as an expansion in EV infrastructure. The testimony appeared to focus economic reasons for the transition, rather than the climate risk of inaction, warning that the US could be “outpaced by global competitors like China and Europe” if “US policies are not effective and efficient”, and highlighted the positive impact the transition would have on American jobs and business.

US renewables groups advocated for EPA to regulate GHG emissions

09 March 2022

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), American Clean Power Association (ACP), and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) filed a joint legal brief in January 2022, in which they advocated to the Supreme Court to uphold the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate GHG emissions from power plants. Despite the associations’ request that the petitions be dismissed, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case and oral arguments are currently being presented.

AGA supported long-term role of gas in submission to US government

09 March 2022

On February 28th, American Gas Association (AGA) responded to the Department of Energy’s Request for Information on Industrial Decarbonization in which it submitted its recent study on the role of gas infrastructure in achieving a net-zero future. In its response, AGA supported the transition from coal to fossil gas while advocating for the long-term role of gas and gas infrastructure.

API wrote to the US Government pushing expansion of oil and gas production

09 March 2022

In the last week of February 2022, the American Petroleum Institute (API) sent two letters to the US government calling for policy measures to incentivize expanded oil and gas production in the US and abroad.

The first letter, sent to the Secretary of Interior on February 24th, requested “clarity” on the Department of Interior’s response to the recent court order in Louisiana v. Biden, and suggested that “unwarranted delays in federal ‘permitting and leasing’” is the “wrong policy”.

The second letter was sent to the Secretary of Energy on February 28th and urged the administration to adopt “durable policies” that “promote America’s energy production and leadership”. The letter also proposed a set of policies for immediate implementation, including swift approval of all LNG applications, regular lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico, and energy investments around the world, particularly in Eastern Europe.

EU industry groups warned about carbon leakage in CBAM and ETS

09 March 2022

On 24th February 2022, a range of cross-sector EU industry associations, including the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) and WindEurope, published a joint statement asking the EU Commission to assess the impact of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) on downstream industries. The associations appeared not to fully support the CBAM, suggesting that it may cause carbon leakage if unspecified “necessary steps” are not taken, and appeared to support the Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) but stressed that unilateral action may also cause carbon leakage.

American Gas Association opposed US federal energy efficiency standards

03 March 2022

As reported by Politico on February 28th, the American Gas Association joined the American Public Gas Association and utility Spire in opposing federal energy efficiency standards. In a joint petition, the groups and companies opposed the U.S. Department of Energy December 2021 reversal of Trump-era standards and state that the final rule would “adversely affect” the associations’ members.

US utilities backed EPA to regulate GHG emissions

03 March 2022

As reported in a March 1st Utility Dive article, a lawyer for a group of U.S. utilities that includes Consolidated Edison, Exelon, National Grid USA, and Pacific Gas and Electric, presented arguments in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate GHG emissions before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court began to hear arguments this week on a case that determines whether the EPA will be able to regulate GHG emissions from the power sector. A decision is expected this June.

Suncor CEO supported TransMountain pipeline project in Canada

01 March 2022

On February 18th 2022, a tweet from Suncor stated the CEO Mark Little’s support for the TransMountain pipeline project in Canada. The tweet went to suggest that the 2021 British Columbia floods were a “reminder” of the “critical nature” of energy infrastructure to energy security in the province, as well as for global access to Canadian resources.

Hydrogen Europe opposed additionality principle in RED revision

01 March 2022

On the 24th February, in Recharge News, Hydrogen Europe CEO, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, advocated against the additionality principle within the Delegated Act on renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBO) within Renewable Energy Directive (RED) revision. Despite, the European Commission advocating for the additionality principle in its Fit for 55 proposal for the RED. The principle demands renewable energy capacity required for renewable hydrogen be met with new, and not existing, renewable energy capacity.

Entergy recognizes Louisiana's Climate Action Plan

25 February 2022

In a February 15th statement, Entergy recognized the recently released Louisiana Climate Action Plan, which aims to achieve 100% clean power by 2050, and did not elaborate further on how it disagreed with some of the plan’s methodologies. A state task force that included Entergy and other fossil fuel companies developed the plan over the past year and a half, and implementation is expected to begin in March.

US Chamber of Commerce and AGA opposes GHG emission considerations for new pipelines

25 February 2022

The Global Energy Institute arm of the US Chamber of Commerce and the American Gas Association opposed a new ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to consider the GHG emissions of fossil gas pipelines before they are approved, citing project delays and higher gas prices. As reported by Retuers, the rule marks the first time FERC has updated guidance on gas pipelines since 1999.

Minerals Council of South Africa welcome carbon tax first phase extension to 2025

24 February 2022

The Minerals Council of South Africa welcomed the extension of the first phase of SA’s carbon tax, extended by three years to the end of 2025. The first phase’s provisions include tax allowances for companies of 60-95% via rebates or exemptions. Companies in SA will benefit from three more years to reduce their overall emissions until at least 2026 while enjoying continued tax allowances.

Confindustria welcomes national policy that would increase fossil gas production

24 February 2022

In a press release, Confindustria welcomed a pending policy response by the Italian government to demands regarding national fossil gas production, supporting increased production as a way to respond to high gas prices. Although awaiting the final text, Confindustria appeared to have seen a draft approved by the Italian Council of Ministers.

BusinessEurope opposes 2035 ICE phase-out target

24 February 2022

In a letter to the Chair of the EU Competitiveness Council, BusinessEurope appeared to advocate against policies to scale up electric vehicles, instead promoting technology neutrality and investment in all low-carbon technology. It also did not support the EU’s proposed 2035 phase out for internal combustion engines.

APPEA voices opposition to NSW offshore exploration ban

24 February 2022

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) CEO Andrew McConville called the decision by the NSW government to effectively ban offshore exploration as ‘really short-sighted’, adding that “A blanket ban on exploration and development of valuable resources without consultation with the industry and without reference to the already well-established regulatory framework is politically disappointing and policy light.”

Group of companies advocated for climate provisions in Build Better Act

18 February 2022

In a February 9th C2ES letter to Congressional leadership, a group of companies, including ABB, BP, Daikin, DTE Energy, Edison International, Ford, HP Inc, LafargeHolcim, National Grid, Sales force, Shell, Trane Technologies, ArcelorMittal, CMS Energy, Cummins, DSM, Duke Energy, Entergy Corp, General Electric, Intel, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), Schneider Electric, and Southern Company, advocated for the passage of the climate provisions in the Build Back Better Act. The companies specifically supported the clean energy tax credits and called for Congress to “overcome the present impasse.”

Edison Electric Institute backs clean energy tax credits

18 February 2022

Following the utility CEO roundtable with President Biden at the White House on February 9th, EEI President Tom Kuhn sent out a press release advocating for the clean energy tax credits in the Build Back Better Act.

Clean Energy Council, Iberdrola and Fortescue Metals support ambitious pathways for Australian Integrated System Plan

16 February 2022

The Clean Energy Council, Iberdrola and Fortescue Metals Group all responded positively to the Australian Energy Market Operators consultation on the Integrated System Plan, a roadmap for the whole energy system, which includes a net zero by 2050 target in its remit. They each stated support for the most ambitious pathways that would result in net zero emissions in the energy sector being achieved by 2035 and coal being phased-out even sooner than expected.

EBF wants slower integration of ESG into prudential regulation

16 February 2022

In comments to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) consultation on climate-related financial risks, the European Banking Federation (EBF) has argued for a more gradual implementation of the integration of ESG into prudential regulation, has suggested that more data is still needed on the impact of climate change, and also appeared to advocate against stress testing leading to changes in capital requirements.

Industry groups support free allowance in EU ETS alongside CBAM

16 February 2022

A joint statement energy intensive industry, including the International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC), CEMBUREAU, Eurofer, Eurometaux and FuelsEurope, supported the continuation of the free allcoation of emissions allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) alongside a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) until at least 2030, and advocated for export rebates to be included.

Air Liquide advocated for increasing renewables and low-carbon hydrogen

16 February 2022

In testimony to the US Senate Committee on Clean Hydrogen Air Liquide America advocated for policies to increase the production of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen to decarbonize heavy and light-duty vehicles and heavy industry in the United States.

Fortum supports fossil gas in EU taxonomy

10 February 2022

In a February 2022 media piece, Fortum supported the EU commission's proposal to weaken the sustainable finance taxonomy by including fossil gas and appeared to advocate for the technical criteria to also be weakened to allow for more fossil gas projects to be included.

BDI supports including fossil gas in EU taxonomy

09 February 2022

In a February 2022 press release, the Federation of German Industry (BDI) supported the EU decision to include fossil gas in the EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy.

VCI supporting unabated fossil gas and removal short-term targets in EU Taxonomy

09 February 2022

The German Chemical Industry Association’s (VCI) Director General Wolfgang Große Entrup supported unabated fossil gas as a transition technology in a press release. He was in favor of the removal of short-term targets in the EU Taxonomy, appearing to call the Commission’s draft a “cloud cuckoo land of intermediate goals.”

BusinessEurope advocated for weaker Fit for 55 and is unsupportive of reforms to EU ETS

09 February 2022

In its February Newsletter, BusinessEurope’s Director General Markus J. Beyrer advocated for changes to the Fit for 55 package, seeming to suggest it should balance ambition with competitiveness. A senior executive also was unsupportive of the EU Commission’s proposed reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System, supporting the continuation of carbon leakage protection measures such as free allocation until 2030 and beyond.

Santos supporting CCS as critical to achieve emissions goals

09 February 2022

Santos has become the first company in the world to ‘book’ CO2 storage capacity from its new Moomba CCS project, with Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher stating that CCS is a ‘critical technology’ needed to achieve global emissions goals. Santos will also be eligible to sell carbon credits generated from Moomba CCS back to the federal government, or to the private market.

Queensland Resources Council lobbied in support of coal and gas

09 February 2022

In a February 2022 press release, CEO Ian Macfarlane stated that the Queensland Resources Council is engaging with the State Government to support coal and gas under Queensland’s draft Resources Industry Development Plan (RIDP), alongside new technologies such as hydrogen and ammonia. The RIDP, currently under consultation, sets out a vision for Queensland’s resources industry over the next 30 years.

API opposes measures to reduce gas-fired heating in New Jersey

04 February 2022

API is reported to be opposing a measure designed to discourage the instillation of gas-fired boilers in larger buildings in New Jersey, according to Politico.

CalChamber opposes Senate Bill 260

02 February 2022

In the January 20th hearing on California Senate Bill 260, CalChamber and a coalition of unnamed organizations testified in opposition to the bill. SB 260, or the Climate Corporate Accountability Act, would require U.S.-based companies that do business in California and with revenues in excess of $1 billion to annually report their direct and indirect GHG emissions to the Secretary of State. Despite the CalChamber’s opposition, the bill passed in the state Senate.

US Chamber express concern over Federal Reserve Nomination

02 February 2022

In a letter to the Senate Banking Committee, the Chamber raised concerns about the Nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin to the Federal Reserve on the basis of her opinions around integrating climate risk into policy