Climate Change


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Palo Alto, United States
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Tesla appears to be a globally leading company in advocating for progressive climate change policy. They have been consistent in their support for transitioning to a low-carbon economy, in particular supporting the phase-out of petroleum based transportation in favor of electric. In a consultation in 2012 Tesla supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA)s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. They have also being a vocal supporter of the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) mandate in California, in consultations and public meetings between 2010-15, calling for the mandate to become more stringent, and for the Californian Air Resources Board (CARB) not weaken the mandate under pressure from other auto-manufacturers. Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, has also in 2015 been outspoken in his support for carbon tax as the most effective policy response to climate change, preferring this to government subsidies. He has also been active in his promotion of more effective and immediate action on climate change broadly. Tesla appear not to be associated with any sector specific trade associations nor mainstream business groupings in the InfluenceMap database.

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