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.

Eskom supports South Africa's Energy Action Plan

12 August 2022

In a corporate press release, Eskom supported South Africa’s ‘energy action plan’ which was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on July 25th. It 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.

Companies urge the EPA to allow California's Advanced Clean Trucks regulations

12 August 2022

On 2nd August, companies including Tesla, Enel, Panasonic, Siemens, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), and Unilever signed a joint letter supporting California's proposed Advanced Clean Trucks regulation. It urged the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant California a waiver allowing it to set its own, ambitious zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicle targets and accelerate the electrification of the heavy-duty transport sector in the US.

American Gas Association supports permitting reforms to accelerate the approval of fossil fuel infrastructure

12 August 2022

In an August 5th article, E&E News reported that American Gas Association (AGA) CEO Karen Harbert supported proposed permitting reforms to expedite approval of fossil fuel infrastructure, including fossil gas pipelines. The permitting reform framework was proposed by Senate Majority Leader Schumer and House Speaker Pelosi as part of an agreement to win Senator Manchin’s support for the Inflation Reduction Act. The article did not contain any statements from Harbert regarding the climate provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act itself.

Solar Energy Industries Association advocates for clean energy tax credits in the Reconciliation Bill

05 August 2022

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) continued its campaign for a federal climate package. SEIA CEO Abigail Ross Hopper signed a letter to Congress that advocated for a budget reconciliation bill that included clean energy tax credits as well as electric vehicle tax credits and incentives for zero-emission buildings. Following reports of a possible agreement on reconciliation between Senator Manchin and Leader Schumer, Hopper released a July 27th statement in which she urged Congress to pass the legislation’s “long-term incentives for clean energy deployment and manufacturing.” On July 29th, SEIA published a blog advocating for the reconciliation bill’s clean energy tax credits and linked a campaign that called upon individuals to contact their representatives in Congress and get the policy “across the finish line.”

Salesforce states support for the Inflation Reduction Act

05 August 2022

Salesforce released a statement in Protocol on July 29th supporting the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and the $369 billion in climate investments it contains. The bill was introduced by Senators Manchin and Schumer after negotiations appeared to end earlier in July. Salesforce is one of the few companies to publicly support the bill since its announcement.

ABA expresses concern on greenhouse gas reporting legislation

05 August 2022

In an August 2 Politico newsletter, a spokesman for the American Bankers Association (ABA) expressed concern with California SB 260, a bill that would require companies to disclose greenhouse gas emissions including Scope 3 emissions. The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the California Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, August 3.

International Air Transport Association urges ICAO to adopt a net zero by 2050 target

05 August 2022

International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged the 41st International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly in September 2022 to adopt a long-term aspirational climate goal for international aviation "in line with the aviation sector’s net-zero by 2050 commitment" in a July 2022 press release following an ICAO high-level meeting.

Advanced Energy Economy and American Clean Power Association support the Reconciliation Bill

05 August 2022

Following the news last week that Senator Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Schumer had agreed upon adding the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 to the budget reconciliation bill, CEO Nat Kreamer of Advanced Energy Economy published a July 27th press release in which he supported the Act’s “smart investment in our domestic advanced energy industry” and advocated for Congress to swiftly pass the legislation. On the same day, CEO Heather Zichal of the American Clean Power Association stated in a press release that “passing this bill sends a message to the world that America is leading on climate” and advocated for Congress to pass the bill’s clean energy tax credits.

BP and Shell appear to advocate for investments in North Sea oil and gas

27 July 2022

On the 20th July, representatives from BP and Shell gave oral evidence at the UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee on ‘accelerating the transition from fossil fuels and securing energy supplies’. While BP and Shell stated general support for the energy transition, both also advocated for investments in North Sea oil and gas, arguing that domestic production is preferable for energy security in comparison to imports and that the transition will take time.

Japan Climate Leaders Partnership calls for the development of a diverse renewable energy mix

27 July 2022

In July 26th, Japan Climate Leaders Partnership has published an opinion paper calling for development of an environment that ensures diversity of renewable options. These include development of a market environment in which electricity consumers can enjoy a variety of options to procure renewable energy economically and promptly and development of an environment that facilitates the establishment of virtual Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) schemes through 1) deregulation in order for virtual PPA not to be subjected to the Commodity futures trading law and 2) allowing direct trading by consumers for a wide range of non-fossil certificates.

Financial institutions appear unsupportive of the integration of climate-related risks in financial regulations

27 July 2022

In 30th June comments on the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) consultation on Supervisory and Regulatory Approaches to Climate-related Risks, financial industry associations including the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, the Bank Policy Institute, and the Institute of International Finance expressed caution toward the FSB’s suggestion that regulators may need to consider integrating climate risk into macroprudential regulation. The Bank Policy Institute and the Institute of International Finance expressed opposition to any introduction of climate-related capital requirements.

FEPC chairman appears supportive of energy efficiency measures while opposing a reduction in fossil fuels

20 July 2022

At a press conference on July 15, Kazuhiro Ikebe, chairman of the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (FEPC) and president of Kyushu Electric Power Co., expressed support for the “Long-Term Decarbonized Power Supply Auction” currently being discussed by the Japanese government. He also recommended energy efficiency measures ahead of tight electricity supply in the winter, mentioning existing support measures by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for heat insulation in housing. Mainichi Shimbun reported that at the same press conference, Ikebe expressed concern over securing LNG amid tight energy supply in Japan, and stated that Japan’s plans for the Russian Sakhalin-2 oil and natural gas project should be made “on the assumption that LNG cannot be procured,” suggesting measures including securing alternatives from suppliers other than Russia.

Australian entities oppose an increase in Queensland's coal royalties

20 July 2022

In a July 14th Sydney Morning Herald article, the president of BHP’s Australian minerals, Edgar Baso, opposed Queensland's decision to remove a ten-year freeze on coal royalties in the state. Baso called the move the “antithesis of considered policy”, and said that the decision was a “backwards step” that will impact Queensland’s reputation as a place to invest.

In a July 18th Sydney Morning Herald article, Whitehaven Coal CEO, Paul Flynn, opposed Queensland's decision to remove a ten-year freeze on coal royalties in the state, saying that “it is clearly not a royalty, it’s a tax”. Flynn also appeared to suggest that Whitehaven Coal would be engaging with the New South Wales government on its own coal royalty policies, and stated that the company would make sure the state "understands the critical role the resources sector plays".

KAMA appears to oppose GHG emission regulations

20 July 2022

At a 12th July seminar on the topic of “Crisis of the complex industrial economy and ways to overcome it”, the Chairman of Korean Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA), Jung Man-ki, did not support regulation-oriented GHG emissions reduction, which ‘may make it difficult for the public to respond voluntarily and creatively to environmental changes’, advocating that the government and the National Assembly should “actively engage in regulatory reform”.

API calls for investments in the American oil and gas industry

19 July 2022

Between July 12 and July 15, 2022, communications from the American Petroleum Institute (API) called for investments in the American oil and gas industry. This included API President and CEO, Mike Sommers’ interview with the CNBC on US President Biden’s visit to the Middle East in which Sommers supported policies for “American energy leadership” by encouraging investments in oil and gas. A tweet by Sommers also called for “supportive federal policies” for oil development. API tweets also supported increasing LNG export from the US, and another tweet reiterated API’s “10-Point Plan” released in June 2022 that had listed policies to expand US oil and gas production.

EDF states support for the inclusion of fossil gas in the EU Taxonomy

15 July 2022

In a tweet on 1st July, EDF supported the inclusion of fossil gas alongside nuclear in the EU Taxonomy complementary delegated act, stating that there are no economically viable alternatives.

JFE Steel and Keizai Doyukai state support for nuclear energy in Japan

15 July 2022

In a statement on the Japan Iron and Steel Federation (JISF) website on July 11th, in response to the recent Japanese Upper House election results, JISF Chairman and JFE Steel President and CEO, Yoshihisa Kitano, stated support for the early restart of nuclear power plants and further government support for “the development of ultra-innovative technologies for carbon neutrality” in the industry. Meanwhile, in its policy recommendations at the 37th Karuizawa Appeal on July 8th, the Keizai Doyukai stated that nuclear power is “indispensable” for carbon neutrality and stable energy supply.

Clean energy groups advocate for tax credits in the Build Back Better Act

15 July 2022

As Congress approaches its summer recess in August, clean energy groups American Clean Power Association (ACP) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) have been strongly advocating for federal policymakers to pass the clean energy tax credits in the Build Back Better Act. In a July 6th tweet, ACP linked its support for the reconciliation bill to an action campaign in which individuals could contact their representatives and urge them to pass the bill’s renewable energy tax credits. Similarly, SEIA published a July 7th blog in which it advocated for supporters of the renewable energy tax credits to join the group’s day of action on July 12th.

US utilities support New York State's climate plan but with room for fossil gas

15 July 2022

In July 1st joint comments with the Natural Resources Defence Council, a number of US utilities appeared to support New York State's climate plan, but with exceptions. Consolidated Edison directly advocated to New York state policymakers to include ambitious energy efficiency and building electrification policies in the state’s finalized climate plan. National Grid also strongly supported transport electrification measures, but advocated for provisions to support “renewable natural gas” (RNG) in the state’s finalized climate plan. The utility also advocated for RNG to be labelled as “carbon neutral” and for a Clean Fuel Standard to be established for the building and industry sectors, stating that building electrification measures that would “restrict New Yorkers’ choice of appliances and heating equipment'' and would be “counterproductive to efforts to decarbonize.”

Nevertheless, Consolidated Edison and National Grid were included in joint comments by the Utility Consultation Group, which also includes subsidiaries of Avangrid and National Fuel, in which they directly advocated to New York State policymakers to include provisions for “renewable natural gas” and hydrogen in the state’s finalized climate plan. The utilities did not support these electrification scenarios in their comments, arguing instead that “low-carbon fuels” are the more feasible and affordable “alternative to full electrification.”

BusinessEurope indicates support for a green policy moratorium

14 July 2022

On 11th July, BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer and President Fredrik Persson stated they had sympathy for the European People’s Party’s call for a moratorium on green policies in the EU, stressing the regulatory burden on companies and the threat of de-industrialization.

Confindustria states support for new fossil fuel infrastructure

14 July 2022

In a 11th July press release, Confindustria President Carlo Bonomi supported new fossil fuel infrastructure to diversify the energy mix, advocating for Italy to classify a new LNG terminal as strategic infrastructure.

US Chamber opposes oil and gas restrictions

14 July 2022

In a 1st July press release, Marty Durbin, President of the US Chamber of Commerce's Global Energy Institute, issued a statement regarding the Biden Administration's proposed 5-Year Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Plan, expressing opposition to the restriction of oil and natural gas development.

AFPM takes legal action against US CAFE standards

07 July 2022

In a press release dated 1st July, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) CEO Chet Thompson announced it had filed a petition in the DC Circuit court to review the 2024-2026 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards. These standards were published by the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the news release, AFPM stated that “vehicle standards must be achievable for internal combustion engines.”

Keizai Doyukai promotes nuclear and renewable energy

06 July 2022

At a press conference on June 29th, Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai) Chairman Kengo Sakurada stated that “we must proceed further than ever before to restart nuclear power plants whose safety has been verified,” in addition to further promoting renewable energy including solar power, in response to recent power supply issues.

AFPM and API advocate for the long-term role of oil and gas

06 July 2022

In a 29th June joint letter with the American Petroleum Institute to US Energy Secretary Granholm, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) CEO Chet Thompson called for the Administration to “unequivocally take counterproductive policies and rhetoric off the table” and support long-term investment in the oil and gas industry, including calling for lifting restrictions for oil and gas development and reducing regulatory costs. This letter was published in response to a recent meeting between the Energy Secretary and the US refining industry, as well as the Biden Administration’s call to suspend the federal gas tax.

Suzuki appears unsupportive of electric vehicles in India

06 July 2022

In a June 27th Hindu Business Line interview, RC Bhargava, Chairman of Maruti Suzuki (Suzuki subsidiary), appeared to suggest that electric vehicles are not the answer to reducing India’s carbon emissions. He argued that vehicles powered by hybrid technology, fossil gas and biofuels present a better path toward decarbonization than EVs, since the nation generates about 75% of its electricity from coal. He claimed that hybrid cars are a better alternative due to India's lack of adequate charging infrastructure and concluded that “EVs are not going to be a large part of car sales" in the country "irrespective of what other manufacturers are saying or planning”.

BDI's President appears to support increased coal power generation

06 July 2022

In an article published on 18th June, finanznachrichten.de quoted the Federation of German Industries' (BDI) president Siegfried Russwurm’s plea to immediately increase power generation from coal plants in Germany in order to maintain the countries’ gas reserves.

Hydrogen Europe appears supportive of EU climate policy

05 July 2022

In a 27th June press release, Hydrogen Europe welcomed the European Parliament position on the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). The association supported the EU ETS extension into the maritime and aviation sectors, and a new scheme for the buildings and transport sectors. It also advocated for coverage of the hydrogen sector in the system. Hydrogen Europe also appeared to support the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) proposal from the EU Parliament. The group supported the gradual phase out of free allowances from the EU ETS, without specifying a timeline. However, it also called for rebates for exporters by emphasizing risk of carbon leakage. Finally, CEO Jorgo Chatzimarkakis advocated for higher sectoral sub-targets and targets for renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBOs) in the EU Renewable Energy Directive revision, following the EU Council’s position on the policy.

Toyota and JAMA successfully lobbied for hybrids over electric vehicles

30 June 2022

A June 24th Reuters article reported that Toyota CEO, and Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) Chairman, Akio Toyoda appeared to have successfully pressured the Japanese government to promote hybrids over pure battery electric vehicles in Japan's annual economic policy roadmap.

Companies advocate for policies to scale up green hydrogen in Europe

30 June 2022

In a joint white paper, companies including thyssenkrupp, E.On, Fortescue Metals and Covestro strongly advocated for a range of policies in Germany and the EU to support the scale up of green hydrogen, including to support policies linked to the RePower EU initiative.

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

27 July 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 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

14 July 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.”