ConocoPhillips

InfluenceMap Score
E+
Performance Band
43%
Organisation Score
31%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Houston, United States

ConocoPhillips has previously taken an oppositional stance with regards to drastic action on climate change, with CEO Ryan Lance appearing to express doubts about achieving the necessary level of emission reductions whilst meeting global energy demand is met in 2015. More recently, the company appears to have moved this position, stating support in 2019 for large-scale action to keep global warming below 2°C. This follows ConocoPhillips calling on the U.S. to remain in the Paris Agreement in 2017. Despite this top-line positioning, the company appears to have limited support for the urgent and stringent policy measures to achieve the needed emission reductions recognised as necessary by the IPCC. The company’s climate policy position and other communications argue that policy initiatives should be developed on the global rather than regional or national level, be practical and cost-effective, should not advantage specific energy sources, should not “overlap” with other policy programs, and should not overly impact the economy. In the US, ConocoPhillips has backed an initiative proposing a federal level carbon tax, although this comes with the condition that other climate regulations, namely the US Clean Power Plan, are removed. The company appears to have opposed US methane emission regulation, with CEO Ryan Lance explaining in 2017 the company’s opposition to a ‘federal overprint’ over something it is doing voluntarily. The company has lobbied to revise the US EPA’s emissions performance standards for oil and natural gas facilities to remove what it considered ‘unnecessary’ and ‘burdensome’ obligations to inspect and monitor fugitive emission leaks. ConocoPhillips also opposed many of the requirements related to methane emissions implemented by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, prior to their repeal in 2018. ConocoPhillips appears not to support a swift transition away from GHG emission intense energy and uses “grassroots activities” to politically organise in favour of measures that will maintain the role of fossil fuels in the energy mix, including campaigning in favour of fracking and oil sands production. ConocoPhillips retains membership to a number of powerful trade associations actively opposing climate regulations in the US, including the American Petroleum Institute and the Western States Petroleum Association.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 0 0 NS NS -1 2 NS NA
Climate Science Stance 0 -1 NA NS NS 0 NS NA
Need for Climate Regulation -1 -1 NA NS -1 0 0 NA
UN Treaty Support 1 -1 NA NS 0 1 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation 1 NA NA NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax 2 NS NS -2 0 0 NS NA
Emissions Trading 0 NS NS NS NS 1 NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS NS 1 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 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships 0 NS 0 NA NA NA NS NA
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
21%
 
21%
 
22%
 
22%
 
17%
 
17%
 
37%
 
37%
 
45%
 
45%
 
30%
 
30%
 
45%
 
45%
 
32%
 
32%
 
28%
 
28%

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.