Climate Change

CRH plc

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Dublin, Ireland
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CRH plc appears to have little engagement with climate change policy. It has signed on to a Low Carbon Technology Partnership Initiative committing it to support for action to keep global temperature rises below two degrees and has outlined its support for action on climate change on its website. However, in its annual SEC 20-F filing for 2015, CRH plc appears to have emphasized concerns around the economic viability of meeting European Union GHG emission reduction targets, as opposed to the IPCC demanded response. Likewise, without clearly indicating support for climate policy, the company appears to have stressed costs and other operational concerns around the implementation of emission reduction targets and cap-and-trade schemes in the United States. In its 2014 sustainability report, the company suggests support for alternative fuels, including biomass but also includes items such as waste tyres and waste solvents as alternative energy sources to fossil fuels in cement production. CRH Plc has disclosed its membership of trade associations such as CEMBUREAU, stating that it is 'actively involved in global and regional discussions on the climate change agenda.' CEMBUREAU however, has been actively unsupportive of a number of EU Climate policy developments, specifically blocking reforms to the ETS whilst lobbying for free emission permits for the cement sector. CRH has not clearly disclosed the influence of a consulting firm used by one of its subsidiaries, despite that firm lobbying the EU parliament specifically on issues relating to the "EU ETS, Energy Efficiency Directive, Resource Efficiency Roadmap & 2050 Carbon Roadmap."

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

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.