Climate Change


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Centrica appears to be actively lobbying a number of energy and climate policy with mixed support. In 2016, the company signed an open letter to European Parliament supporting increased efforts on GHG emission reductions in line with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. However, Centrica has repeatedly communicated the need to balance concern for making GHG emission reductions against concerns around the economic viability of types of policy. In a consultation in 2015, the company suggested that a carbon price of over €40/t by 2030 is needed to encourage 'cost-effective forms of abatement' and advocated that the UK carbon price floor be maintained until the problems with EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) are addressed. Centrica has elsewhere advocated for ETS reform to reduce excess emission permits and raise the carbon price. A 2014 Centrica position paper opposed the imposition of a GHG emission target on the UK power sector and advocated for a less ambitious economy-wide GHG emission target as part of the UK's 5th Carbon Budget. Centrica also advocates against 'other targets' including 'renewables targets for 2030' and suggested that the UK government should not try and meet its EU 2020 renewable target until mid-2020s, further suggesting that it could join forces with other EU Member States to lobby against the imposition of fines that might result from missing the target. In 2016 Centrica , opposed binding targets for both renewable energy and energy efficiency in a consultation with EU policy makers. Centrica, however, does appear to support other energy efficiency policy in the UK. Centrica appears to have an active engagement with issues surrounding the transition of the energy mix, supporting the move from coal to gas but not appearing to consider gas as a transitional fuel, whilst supporting increased unconventional gas exploration. In 2014, former CEO Sam Laidlaw appears to have opposed increasing the capacity of options such as offshore wind farms and solar panel deployment. Centrica is a member of IETA, which promotes the use of emissions trading policy. However, the company is also a member of Oil and Gas UK, which is a leading opponent of ambitious climate change policy in the UK.

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 0 2 NA NS NS -1 -1 NA
Need for climate regulations NS NS NS -1 NS 0 NS NA
UN Treaty Support 1 2 NS NS NS 1 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation 2 NA 1 NA NA NA NS 2
Carbon Tax 1 1 NS 2 1 1 NS NA
Emissions Trading 2 2 NS 2 NS NS NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards 1 NS 1 -2 -2 1 NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -1 NS 0 -2 NS -1 NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix 0 NS NS 0 -1 0 0 NA
GHG Emission Standards -1 NS NS 0 NS NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships -2 NS 2 NA NA NA NS 2
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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.