Climate Change

Royal Dutch Shell

Brands and Associated Companies Royal Dutch Shell V-Power Motiva Enterprises
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The Hague, Netherlands
Brands and Associated Companies
Royal Dutch, Shell V-Power, Motiva Enterprises
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Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) appears to have mixed and sometimes conflicting engagement with climate change policy. Shell appears to accept the science of climate change however many senior figures continue to reject the IPPC's call for drastic action in public statements. Shell also appears to support the Paris Agreement on climate change but in 2016 stated the proposed 2C temperature limit as unrealistic. In 2014 Shell signed initiatives supporting government action in line with a 2 degrees’ pathway and spoke to the press and investors in favor of ‘effective carbon pricing’ mechanisms. It has also communicated in a positive but general manner around the prospect of transitioning of the energy mix. Despite this, Shell has since repeatedly argued – especially through its senior directors – the need for a large-scale dependence on fossil fuels “for decades to come”, warning against “alarmist interpretation of the unburnable carbon issues,” and repeatedly making reference to increasing energy demand and energy poverty to justify the continued burning of fossil fuels. In June 2015, in run up to the UN climate talks, Shell publicly addressed policy makers opposing legislation that would favour renewable energy sources over other forms of energy. This follows reports of an influential lobbying effort in Europe, also evident in Shell’s consultations with EU policy makers, to remove binding renewable energy targets and energy efficiency targets from the EU’s climate change agenda. Shell also appears to have obstructed the EU Fuel Quality Directive, directly advocating to UK policy makers to oppose the legislation in 2012. Shell has in 2015 and 2016 spoken in support of carbon trading, specifically advocating for reforms of the European ETS, including for the early introduction of the Market Stability Reserve. However, it has also heavily emphasized the threat of carbon leakage and correspondingly advocated for free allowances for the sector. In 2015 Shell ended its membership of ALEC. However, it remains particularly well networked in business associations influencing climate change policy, sitting on Business Europe's Green Tax Working Group, and holding leadership positions in CEFIC, the American Petroleum Institute and the Western States Petroleum Association; all organizations who have been vocal in opposing ambitious climate change policy.

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