General Electric

InfluenceMap Score
D+
Performance Band
56%
Organisation Score
47%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Industrials
Head​quarters:
Fairfield, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
GE Capital, GE Energy, GE Aviation, GE Healthcare
Official Web Site:

General Electric appears to have a mixed and seemingly inconsistent approach to climate change policy and the energy mix. The company stated in 2019 that the world “must act to decarbonize every aspect of modern life.” In 2017, General Electric voiced support for the Australian Renewable Energy Target, signed a joint letter to the EU in support of the Renewable Energy Directive, and described the Philippines' Renewable Energy Standards Portfolio as a “significant step forward. In addition, then CEO Jeffrey Immelt wrote in March 2017 criticizing President Trump’s lack of belief in climate change science and the Paris Agreement. However, an article published in March 2018 suggested that the company foresees a substantial role for coal in the global energy mix post-2040. This followed an October 2017 article published by the company which suggested CCS paired with fossil fuels including coal as a solution to meeting future energy demand, seemingly downplaying the associated technological challenges associated with this. The company’s official climate change policy position appears to support a least-cost approach to climate change regulation which emphasises achieving emissions reductions by encouraging innovation in a flexible approach referencing “realistic” timetables. General Electric has membership of trade associations with conflicting climate change agendas, including those such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and American Petroleum Institute on the one hand, and those such as WindEurope and Advanced Energy Economy on the other.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency
2 2 NA NS NS 2 NS NA
Climate Science Stance
0 1 NA -1 0 1 NS NA
Need for Climate Regulation
0 0 NA 0 NS 1 0 NA
UN Treaty Support
0 2 NA NS 2 2 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA -1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
NS 1 1 NS -2 NS NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS 1 1 1 NS NS NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards
NS 1 2 -2 -1 NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation
1 1 NS 0 1 NS 1 NA
Energy Policy and Mix
-1 0 1 0 0 0 0 NA
GHG Emission Standards
1 1 0 -1 -2 NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NS -1 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
93%
 
93%
 
51%
 
51%
 
93%
 
93%
 
48%
 
48%
 
23%
 
23%
 
39%
 
39%
 
22%
 
22%
 
23%
 
23%
 
25%
 
25%
 
45%
 
45%
 
21%
 
21%
 
22%
 
22%
 
42%
 
42%
 
45%
 
45%
 
72%
 
72%
 
41%
 
41%
 
60%
 
60%
 
31%
 
31%
 
38%
 
38%
 
81%
 
81%

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.