National Grid

InfluenceMap Score
B-
Performance Band
74%
Organisation Score
68%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Utilities
Head​quarters:
London, United Kingdom
Brands and Associated Companies
National Grid USA, Niagara Mohawk Power , KeySpan, New England Power Company

Climate Lobbying Overview: National Grid appears to be actively and positively lobbying on climate change, including in its top-line communications, advocacy on specific climate policy, and debate around the energy transition.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: National Grid’s engagement with top-line messaging on climate policy appears to be positive. The company has stated support for the UK’s target to reach net zero emissions by 2050 on Twitter in 2019, and its CEO, John Pettigrew, also gave support to the target speaking with media source Networks in the same year. Also, on its corporate website, the organization has positively engaged on the Paris Agreement in 2021, and the UK government’s ‘Ten Point Plan’ in 2020. National Grid appears to support the need for climate change regulation, both on its website in 2021 and co-signing the Energy Transitions Commission Covid-19 recovery response letter in 2020, which advocated for the UK government to maintain carbon pricing measures.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: National Grid appears to be generally positively engaged on climate-related regulations, with exceptions. Within its 2020 CDP Climate Change Disclosure, the company showed broad support for the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS). However, the organization does not appear to support the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), stating in the 2020 EU consultation on CBAM that the measure could “harm progress in the sector” and that “such an administrative burden will disincentivize the cross-border trade in low carbon intensity products”.

Additionally, within its support of the UK’s 10 point plan, National Grid appears to positively engage on Twitter in 2020 with renewable energy legislation in the form of Contracts for Difference, to increase the UK’s offshore wind capacity. The company also appears to positively engage on standards for greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019, National Grid appeared to lobby against the deregulation of methane emissions proposed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to a 2019 EPA consultation on emissions standards

Positioning on Energy Transition: National Grid’s support for the transition of the energy mix appears to be mixed. For example, it appears to support the continued use of natural gas in the energy mix without clear conditions relating to CCS or mitigating methane emissions, as stated in its 2019-20 Annual Report. However, in 2021 on Twitter, the company appeared to support transitioning away from natural gas to hydrogen in the heating, cooking and industrial sectors, however its position on the decarbonization of hydrogen is not clear from this. This has been reiterated by CEO John Pettigrew in 2019, when he stated support for the decarbonization of the heat and transport sectors. However, the organization’s response to the EU consultation on the Revision of EU Rules for Gas suggested fewer regulations should be placed on the decarbonized gas market over fears of over-regulation and deterring investment in 2021.

Industry Association Governance: National Grid publicly discloses a list of some of its industry association memberships. However, it does not comment on their climate-related lobbying activities, nor has it published a full audit disclosure of its links to trade associations. The company is a member of Confederation of British Industry (CBI), an association that is broadly positively engaged on climate change policy.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
1 1 NA 2 NS NS NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
1 1 NA NS 1 2 NS NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
NS 1 NS 1 NS 1 NS NA
Support of UN Climate Process
1 2 NA NS 1 2 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
-1 NA 0 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
2 1 NS -1 NS NS NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS 1 1 1 NS NS NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS 1 NS 1 NS 1 1 NA
Renewable Energy
2 1 NS NS 0 NS 1 NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
0 0 NS 0 1 0 1 NA
GHG Emission Regulation
1 1 2 2 2 2 1 NA
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NS 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
73%
 
73%
 
96%
 
96%
 
36%
 
36%
 
45%
 
45%
 
73%
 
73%

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.