Live Lobbying Updates

LobbyMap updates its assessment of companies and industry associations on a weekly basis. Lobbying updates provide key updates of how these organizations are attempting to influence climate-related policy debates in real-time.

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.

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.”

BusinessEurope stresses ambition gap after COP27

25 November 2022

BusinessEurope’s leadership stressed the ambition gap between the EU and other countries after COP27 on November 17th and 22nd. Director General Markus J. Beyrer advocated for higher ambition, whilst stating that the EU’s target is “already very high” and stressing burdens on the region. President Fredrik Persson stated that the ambition gap had widened, yet supported implementing binding domestic legislation to achieve climate targets. The President supported 100 billion dollars in climate finance and the Director General supported the agreement on a loss and damage fund.

Gas Infrastructure Europe calls for new EU liquified natural gas capacity

25 November 2022

In a 14th November Twitter post, industry association Gas Infrastructure Europe called for new liquified natural gas regasification capacity, suggesting it will not become a stranded asset.

European associations support phase out of EU internal combustion engines by 2035

25 November 2022

In an open letter to Commissioner Breton, a number of entities including Eurelectric, the European Association for Electromobility (AVERE) and Transport & Environment strongly supported the phase out of internal combustion vehicles in the EU by 2035. In the letter, the entities also expressed concerns regarding the Commissioner’s description of the policy as a “massive disruption” to the automotive sector.

WindEurope supports EU 2030 wind energy target

25 November 2022

In a tweet on 17th November, WindEurope supported the EU target of 43% wind energy by 2030, emphasizing that slow permitting is holding back the EU's renewable build-out.

Iberdrola supports US Inflation Reduction Act

25 November 2022

In an article in the Financial Times on 9th November, Iberdrola CEO Ignacio Galan welcomed the US entry into climate policy, and praised the Inflation Reduction Act’s focus on electrification of transport and heating, alongside its incentives for green hydrogen production.

Federation of German Industries (BDI) advocates to weaken the implementation of the US Inflation Reduction Act

25 November 2022

In an article published on finanznachrichten.de on 9th November, Federation of German Industries (BDI) President Siegfried Russwurm advocated to weaken the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), emphasizing that its implementation guidelines should be as generous as possible instead of rapid to avoid putting European companies at a disadvantage against American companies, stating the law could lead to a "harmful subsidy race."

Companies join new coalition to reform Asian clean energy policy

25 November 2022

A cross-sector coalition of companies including Samsung Electronics, Meta, Enel Green Power and IKEA (through the Ingka Group) are founding members of the newly launched Asia Clean Energy Coalition, a new initiative formed in part to reshape the policy and regulatory environments for clean energy procurement in Asia.

Federation of Korean Industries calls for government support in preparation for carbon border taxes

18 November 2022

In an interview with Business Post on 14th November, Yu Hwan-ik, Director of Industry at the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI), called for ‘urgently needed’ government-level support to help Korean industry prepare for EU and US border carbon taxes, including systems to ‘calculate and submit emissions data that meets EU standards’.

Whitehaven Coal and Australian mining associations oppose tax on coal and gas producers

18 November 2022

The NSW Minerals Council, the Queensland Resources Council, the Minerals Council of Australia and Whitehaven Coal have all called on the Federal Government to rule out a new tax on gas and coal producers in separate statements released between November 11th and 16th, emphasizing issues of investor confidence and employment.

Rolls Royce promotes nuclear reactors in the UK energy mix

18 November 2022

A Telegraph article from November 9th reports that Rolls-Royce is promoting the use of small modular reactors in Wales, while taking no clear position on the energy mix generally.

PGE Group supports continued role of coal power in Poland

18 November 2022

In a 10th November interview with media outlet wGospodarce, PGE Group CEO Wojciech Dąbrowski appeared to advocate for a continued role of coal power alongside renewable energy development in Poland.

America's Power and the National Mining Association oppose US transition from coal to renewables

18 November 2022

In November 5th media releases, America’s Power and the National Mining Association opposed remarks made by President Biden on the transition from coal-fired power plants to wind farms. The associations stressed that replacing coal with wind would create instability in the US’s power grid, and that this kind of transition would intensify the global energy crisis. America’s Power also emphasized the costs of replacing coal-fired power plants with wind farms.

Fortescue Metals Group calls for no new Chinese coal-fired power plants and more renewables

11 November 2022

In a November 7th ABC News article, Fortescue Metals Group Chairman, Andrew Forrest, called for no new coal-fired power stations in China, and for the country to transfer to non-fossil fuel energy. Forrest also called on energy producers to provide renewable energy options to their consumers, and for industry leaders to take the lead in solutions removing fossil fuels from value chains and industrial processes.

Korea Iron and Steel Association raises concerns on Korean industry competitiveness under EU CBAM

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 Iron and Steel Association (KOSA) asked for support from the MoTIE to pay attention to Korean companies, and to ensure they are not discriminated against compared to EU companies under the EU CBAM.

VNO-NCW opposes withdrawal of fossil fuel financial support by the Netherlands

11 November 2022

In a press release published on the 3rd November, VNO-NCW stated opposition to the Netherlands’ decision to withdraw financial support for fossil fuel development in developing countries, stating that it would create an uneven playing field and suggesting it would be better to wait for other countries first. The association also suggested that fossil gas would be useful in developing countries to prevent the use of coal without placing conditions on the use of methane mitigation technologies.

US Chamber of Commerce opposes US SEC's proposed climate disclosure rule

11 November 2022

On November 1st, the US Chamber submitted a comment on the US Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) proposed climate disclosure rule, following up on the Chamber’s June 2022 comment letter. The Chamber reasserted its view that the SEC lacks authority to finalize the rule, citing the Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA and suggesting that the rule implicates the “major questions doctrine.” The Chamber also cited "unusually widespread concerns" about the rule, coming from "every segment of the market."

Santos criticizes energy policy failure and calls for new Australian gas

11 November 2022

In a November 8th AFR article, Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher blamed energy policy failure in Australia and domestic climate wars for the energy crisis, while advocating for the government to invest to develop new gas sources.

Maersk criticizes oil companies for holding back shipping industry's clean energy transition

11 November 2022

In a Financial Times interview on November 6th, Maersk’s head of decarbonization criticized oil companies for holding back the clean energy transition for shipping by failing to supply enough green methanol to meet climate targets.

European associations urge a more ambitious solar mandate for buildings under the EU EPBD

07 November 2022

On 19th October, a number of entities including SmartEn, the European Association for Electromobility (AVERE) and SolarPower Europe, published a joint letter to the EU energy ministers and Members of European Parliament, calling for a more ambitious solar mandate for buildings in the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

European heavy industry associations call for continued free emissions allowances alongside a CBAM

07 November 2022

On 26th October, heavy industry associations Eurofer, Eurometaux and CEMBUREAU published a joint statement on the EU’s trilogues on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) Reform and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). The associations stated opposition to an ambitious phase out of the free allocation of emissions allowances alongside a CBAM, preferring the maintenance of full benchmark-based free allocation until the CBAM is proven effective. Failing this, they supported the EU Council’s proposed slower phase out of free allowances compared to the EU Commission proposal.

Eurofer and thyssenkrupp support regulation to increase green hydrogen production

07 November 2022

The news outlet Euractiv reported on 28th October that thyssenkrupp’s Head of Public Affairs and Chair of Eurofer’s energy committee supported regulation to scale up green hydrogen production and infrastructure in the EU to decarbonize steel.

ICS proposes a 'fund a reward' scheme for alternative maritime fuels

28 October 2022

In an October 26th press release, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) proposed a ‘fund a reward’ scheme for alternative maritime fuels to be established through the International Maritime Organization. The measure would impose a levy on ships per tonne of CO2 emitted, which would be used to reward the use of alternative maritime fuels dependent on the fuel’s CO2 emissions savings. Despite identifying that a 100 USD levy would not cause “disproportionately negative” economic impacts, ICS suggested a levy "much lower" than 100 USD, subject to review after 5 years.

Bank Policy Institute unsupportive of Scope 3 emissions disclosures

28 October 2022

On October 21st, after the International Sustainability Standards Board voted to include Scope 3 emissions disclosures in the global baseline for climate related-disclosures, the Bank Policy Institute issued a press release that called the decision “premature.”

Hydrogen Europe supports measures promoting hydrogen-powered HDVs

28 October 2022

Hydrogen Europe supported more ambitious measures to decarbonize the transport sector in the EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation, specifically hydrogen-based heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs), in a 19th October press release.

A4E calls for the exemption of small airports from the EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation

28 October 2022

In an October 19th press release, Airlines for Europe (A4E) stated general support for the EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation, with the exception that it excludes small airports with a capacity of under 10,000 scheduled commercial movements per year.

GS Energy supports carbon capture and storage

28 October 2022

In an interview with Maeil Business Newspaper published on October 25th, the General Manager of Foreign Investment Strategy of GS Energy, Song Kyu-ho, stated support for carbon capure and storage (CCS) development, but did not take a clear position on the role of fossil fuels in the energy mix.

Stellantis opposes EU 2035 100% zero-emissions vehicle target

21 October 2022

In an October 17th Automotive News Europe article, Stellantis CEO, Carlos Tavares, appeared to explicitly oppose the EU's 2035 100% zero-emissions vehicle target, which would effectively phase out the sale of new ICE-powered light-duty vehicles in the EU, for the first time. Tavares called for the policy to be renegotiated to include a long-term role for hybrid vehicles.

BusinessEurope advocates to weaken EU Industrial Emissions Directive

21 October 2022

In a letter to the Chair of the EU Environment Council on 11th October, BusinessEurope supported finalizing work on the Fit for 55 package before COP27. However, it also stressed that the challenges and burdens facing EU industry should be taken into account. BusinessEurope also seemed to support the EU Commission’s decision to exclude GHG emissions in the revision of the Industrial Emissions Directive, a position which is misaligned with the original ambition of the proposal.

GasNaturally calls for increased EU fossil gas investments

21 October 2022

GasNaturally co-chair, Francois-Regis Mouton, signed a joint statement with Jozef Síkela, Minister of Industry and Trade in the Czech presidency of the EU Council, which called for a ramp-up of European fossil gas production, supporting diversifying gas imports into Europe, encouraging new LNG terminals to be established.

European Banking Federation opposes amendment to the EU banking regulation

21 October 2022

In a Euractiv article from the 7th of October on the revision of the banking regulation in the EU, the European Banking Federation (EBF) opposed amendments tabled by the EU Parliament to increase risk-weights for existing and new fossil fuel exposures, calling them “counterproductive”.

SolarPower Europe supports EU RED renewable energy target

14 October 2022

In a tweet on 5 October, SolarPower Europe strongly supported a renewable energy target of 45% for 2030 in the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

Keidanren advocates for a roadmap on 'key technologies' for 2030-2040

14 October 2022

Keidanren released a proposal paper advocating for the development of a roadmap and closer studies on key technologies for 2030-2040, including batteries for transport, hydrogen/ammonia for thermal power and transport, nuclear, renewables, CCS/CCUS and direct air capture (DACCS) on October 11.

Advanced Energy Economy opposes negative provisions in Virginia's Energy Plan

14 October 2022

In an October 3rd press release, Advanced Energy Economy opposed the provisions in Virginia Governor Youngkin’s released Energy Plan that propose to weaken elements of the state’s 2020 climate law. As proposed, the Energy Plan aims to remove Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Advanced Clean Car standards, in addition to supporting a long-term role for fossil fuels.