Climate Change

Suncor Energy

Brands and Associated Companies Petro-Canada
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Calgary, Canada
Brands and Associated Companies
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Suncor appears to have mixed engagement with climate change policy and regulation. Although it has a clear position on the science of climate change, it is unclear whether it would support emissions reductions in line with IPCC. In its 2016 sustainability report, the company appears to support a carbon tax generally, as well as cap and trade proposals for Ontario and Alberta's renewable energy plan. However, the report also suggests that it does not support fuel standards proposals in British Columbia and suggests that oil sands should be a long-term part of the energy mix, advocating for the building of new oil sands pipelines for export markets. Likewise, although Suncor has stated they are actively supporting a low carbon energy system, it appears to support unconventional oil production in Canada and in 2015 opposed stronger GHG emissions regulation for vehicles. Suncor has an executive on the board of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), which has consistently opposed ambitious climate change policy in Canada.

QUESTIONS 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 NS NA NS NS -1 NS NA
Need for climate regulations NS NS NS NS 0 NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support 1 1 NA NS NS 1 0 NA
Transparency on Legislation 2 NA 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax 1 1 NS NS 2 0 NS NA
Emissions Trading 0 1 0 NS -1 1 NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS NS 2 NS NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation 1 NS 1 NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix -1 -1 1 NS -1 0 -1 NA
GHG Emission Standards -1 -1 0 -2 1 -1 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships 0 NS 2 NA NA NA NS NA
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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.