TC Energy

InfluenceMap Score
D
Performance Band
47%
Organisation Score
42%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Calgary, Canada

Climate Lobbying Overview: TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) appears to have a negative stance toward policy action on climate change, though its positions have modestly improved since 2015. In its inaugural 2019 Sustainability and Climate change report, TC Energy stated support for national and industry commitments leading to global emissions reductions in line with the Paris Agreement.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: In its 2020 sustainability report, TC Energy state that it supports the Paris Agreement, but do not state support for any specific temperature goals.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: TC Energy appears to support several key strands of climate policies while noting some exceptions to each. In 2019, it emphasized the need for “sensible and cohesive" carbon pricing policies, though its specific stance on carbon tax and cap-and-trade legislation is unclear. Through its 2020 CDP disclosure, TC Energy stated support with exceptions for the Clean Fuel Standard, highlighting the need for 'Canadian competitiveness' to be considered in its design. TC Energy also highlighted 'discrepancies' between federal and state methane regulation and supports a standardized approach.

Positioning on Energy Transition: TC Energy appears to support an energy transition with an increasing role for natural gas over coal. It sees natural gas as a complement to renewable power well into the future. In 2018, a spokesperson said the company believes oil and gas will maintain a key role in the energy mix long term. In 2020, TC Energy submitted comments on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act. Two of its three requests would omit GHG emissions from consideration as consequences of a project. The third cites Keystone XL delays as justification for limiting NEPA overreach. Similarly, in 2019, TC Energy opposed Canada’s Bill C-69, which would have made the development of oil and gas infrastructure more difficult by requiring impact assessments to consider the “cumulative effects” of existing or future activities. Evidence also suggests support for the criminalization of protest against fossil fuel infrastructure: TC Energy reportedly advised the South Dakota governor on legislation mirroring ALEC's Critical Infrastructure Act and actively supported a similar bill in Ohio. In a ruling against the Keystone XL pipeline, in June 2020 TC Energy requested that the US supreme court halt the implementation of the ruling, citing concern that it could be extended to a nationwide injunction on new pipelines. Evidence from the Canadian lobbyist register obtained in February 2021 seems to suggest that TC Energy is actively lobbying for government support for energy infrastructure development, including pipelines, gas storage and energy.

Industry Association Governance: TC Energy discloses a list of memberships it holds with industry associations as part of its 2020 'Lobbying, political contributions and corporate memberships' disclosure, however this list does not disclose if TC Energy is aligned or the policy stances held by each industry association. TC Energy remains a member of several trade associations with negative views on climate policy. Through its 2020 CDP disclosure, TC Energy describes its climate positions as consistent with those of the American Petroleum Institute, which has lobbied against a number of climate policy measures including the regulation of methane.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
-2 NS NS NS -2 NS NS
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
-1 1 NA NS NS NS -1
Supporting the Need for Regulations
0 NS NA NS -2 1 0
Support of UN Climate Process
1 NS NS NS NS NS NS
Transparency on Legislation
-1 NA 0 NA NA NA 2
Carbon Tax
NS NS 0 NS 1 NS NS
Emissions Trading
1 NS NS NS NS NS NS
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Renewable Energy
NS NS 0 NS NS NS 0
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
-1 -1 -1 -2 -2 0 -2
GHG Emission Regulation
0 -1 0 NS NS NS NS
Disclosure on Relationships
0 NS 1 NA NA NA NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
51%
 
51%
 
41%
 
41%
 
26%
 
26%
 
67%
 
67%
 
23%
 
23%
 
35%
 
35%

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.