Climate Change

International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP)

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Brussels , Belguim

The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) appears highly engaged and broadly unsupportive of EU climate change policy. While IOGP seems to accept climate science and support the Paris Agreement, communications suggest it does not support GHG emissions reductions in line with achieving a 2°C target, citing energy poverty and costs to justify inaction. It supports the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as the crux of European climate legislation. However, in EU consultations throughout 2014-15 it has consistently emphasized the risk of carbon leakage to lobby against reforms such as the back-loading proposal and reducing free emissions allowances for offshore platforms to increase the carbon price and effectiveness of the EU ETS. Furthermore, IOGP appears to lobby for the Emissions Trading Scheme to monopolise mechanisms for reducing GHG emissions, opposing the 2030 Climate and Energy Package on the grounds of 'complex and overlapping policies’, instead calling for one single GHG emissions target. Consequently, evidence suggests throughout 2014-16 IOGP has consistently lobbied against binding renewable energy and energy efficiency targets in the 2030 Climate and Energy Package, including through multiple consultation responses and letters to the EU Council President. Additionally, it appears to have supported the removal of mandatory improvements in energy efficiency on grounds of ‘double regulation’ and in a 2016 submission to the Renewable Energy Directive opposed all renewable energy support schemes, favouring a 'phase out all form of subsidies'. IOGP's communications also appear to advocate for natural gas as a permanent component of the energy mix. They have expressed support for an increased role for shale gas in the energy mix, advocating in favour of the EU capacity market system to subsidize spare fossil fuel generation and substituting coal with gas in the energy mix. Furthermore, in a 2015 presentation to EU policymakers it directly advocated for policies to increase EU oil and gas production and reduce fossil fuel regulations. Additionally, in their April 2014 submission to the 2050 Energy Roadmap, IOGP appeared to oppose the proposed electrification of transport, describing the required infrastructure as ‘intrusive and open to disruption’. IOGP have an active presence in the European Parliament, disclosing to the European Transparency Register their employment of nine full-time lobbyists in the European Parliament and their expenditure of €1,650,000 Euros on lobbying-related activities in 2016.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 2 1 NS NS NS NS NA NA
Climate Science Stance -1 -1 NA NS -1 -1 NA NA
Need for climate regulations -1 NS NS -1 NS NS NA NA
UN Treaty Support 0 1 NS NS 1 1 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation 2 NA NS NA NA NA NA 1
Carbon Tax 0 0 NS NS NS NS NA NA
Emissions Trading 1 1 NS -1 0 NS NA NA
Energy Efficiency Standards -2 -2 NS -2 -2 NS NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -2 -2 NS -2 -2 NS NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix -1 0 NS 0 -1 -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards 2 2 NS 2 2 NS NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 2 NS NS NA NA NA NA 2