Climate Change


InfluenceMap Score
Performance Band
Organisation Score
Relationship Score
Houston, United States

ConocoPhillips appears to have a predominately negative engagement with climate change policy. In 2015, it stated that its support for a UN climate treaty would be conditional on whether the agreement met its “own policy principles”, asking for a “level playing” among energy sources and between countries. In 2016, the company did not formally support the Paris treaty. Other communications in 2016 suggest ConocoPhillips does not support urgent action to limit the global temperature rise to under two degrees, with CEO Ryan Lance criticizing emission regulations as a “'threat' to growth”. ConocoPhillips has also opposed a carbon tax in Australia 2013, the UK Carbon Price Floor and, in 2016, the comapany highlighted the negative impact of carbon taxes on the competitiveness of its projects in Canada. ConocoPhillips appears not to support legislation to support renewable energy and a spokesperson for the company has argued that “governments should not pick technology winners”. ConocoPhillips further appears to be broadly opposed to transitioning to a low carbon economy; and has petitioned for policies that promote oil and gas exploration in the U.S., as well as advocating for fossil fuel subsidies in Alaska by campaigning for Senate Bill 21 in 2014. In 2016 the company further appears to have supported the exploitation of the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada. ConocoPhillips holds membership in the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Western State Petroleum Association all of which are active in obstructing climate change legislation.

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