Climate Change

General Motors

Brands and Associated Companies Cadillac Opel Vaxhaull Chevrolet
InfluenceMap Score
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Organisation Score
Relationship Score
Detroit, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
Cadillac, Opel, Vaxhaull, Chevrolet
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General Motors (GM) appears to have a mixed engagement with climate policy. Whilst the company has stated support for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in 2014, its subsidiary Opel has also advocated in 2015 against EU 2021 CO2 (g/km) standards, suggesting they are too harsh on the automobile industry. GM stated in 2015 that the company fully intends to meet requirements of 2025 CAFE standards. However, the company is also reportedly preparing to lobby for these standards to be less stringent during their 2017 regulatory review. GM has advocated for measures that support the transition the energy mix, including supporting the American Business Act on Climate Pledge in 2015 and an industry wide commitment to “decarbonize automotive transportation”, declaring in 2014 that "the future is electric". However, GM also sees its long term strategy tied to the internal combustion engine and regards regulations, such as those related to Zero Emissions Vehicles in California, as forcing electrification that "outpace consumer demands". GM has senior executives on the boards of several trade associations that have sought to delay or weaken climate change legislation in different parts of the world, notably the National Association of Manufacturing, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) and the German Automotive Association (VDA).

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