Climate Change

Air Liquide

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Paris, France
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Air Liquide appears to have a mainly negative engagement with climate policy. Although the company communicated strong support for UN Climate Treaty and emission reductions in line with a 2C target, it appears to have opposed specific pieces of climate change legislation in Europe. In 2014, in consultation with EU policy makers, Air Liquide advocated against reforms to emission permitting in the European Emission Trading Scheme, arguing instead for the continued allocation of free emission permits and opposing the Cross-Sectoral Correction faction. Air Liquide has also signed a letter to the president of the European Commission opposing future reforms to increase the carbon price and effectiveness of the scheme. In the same letter, the company also opposed separate renewable and energy efficiency targets in Europe by calling on the Commission to back "one single GHG target." On energy transition, Air Liquide appears to have a mixed position having supported the removal of fossil fuel subsidies but also appearing to advocate for increased supplies of shale gas instead of renewables in the energy mix. CEO Benoit Potier in particular has argued that “Europe needs to increase, not decrease, its dependency on natural gas.” Air Liquide has very strong relationships to a number of European and US based trade associations with particularly negative engagement with Climate Change policy. In particular, Air Liquide CEO Benoît Potier is Chairman of the European Roundtable of Industrialists and Air Liquide senior executive Olivier Imbault is chairman of BusinessEurope's energy and climate working group. Both groups have directly opposed numerous strands of climate change policy in Europe including renewable and energy efficiency targets as well as reforms to the European Emission Trading Scheme.

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

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.