Climate Change

Woodside Energy

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Perth, Australia

Woodside Energy has been a vocal opponent of the Australian Carbon Tax under Australian Prime Minister Gillard's term (2010-2013). Woodside originally lobbied for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports to be exempt from the tax and in 2013 described the tax (which they occasionally refer to as price) as a potential ‘breaking point’ for the LNG industry. Its response to the CDP’s 2015 Information Request featured a considerable lack of transparency regarding their policy engagement and stance on climate change science. However, in response to a query concerning company strategy, Woodside did appear to support a less stringent standard of compliance to the Australian Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), stating ‘we expect compliance with the ERF to be less onerous than Australia's previous emissions compliance scheme.’ At the World Gas Conference in June 2015, Woodside CEO Peter Coleman denounced coal as an energy source and condemned the misleading advocacy of ‘clean coal’. Coleman also promoted the permanent, as opposed to transitional, role of natural gas in the energy mix, appearing to suggest the future energy mix could not be comprised of renewables alone. It has a senior level relationship with the APPEA, a trade association opposing climate policy in Australia.

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