Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

InfluenceMap Score
E
Performance Band
31%
Organisation Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Calgary, Canada
Brands and Associated Companies
CAPP

Whilst CAPP has acknowledged climate change and the need for action, its lobbying clearly favours the Canadian oil and gas sector’s global competitiveness in opposition to climate change policy. The group has, for example, continuously warned of the threat posed by carbon leakage to counter ambitions in Canada to reduce emissions. Since 2016, the group appeared to have become more outwardly supportive of the concept of carbon pricing policy. However this support has been based on the condition that a federal policy “not only preserve, but enhance" the sector by recycling revenues from the scheme back to the oil and gas companies. In 2018, CAPP argued for the federal government to provide the oil and gas sector with increased subsidies to compensate for the costs of the federal carbon tax scheme as a “trade-exposed industry”. A December 2018 report indicated that oil and gas companies will have on average 80% of their emissions exempt from federal carbon pricing. At the same time, CAPP has lobbied to weaken carbon pricing regulation already implemented in several Canadian provinces, whilst opposing it in provinces without such regulation. For example, in Alberta, CAPP directly lobbied policymakers in 2018 to ensure exemptions for the sector until 2023 and in 2017 lobbied for a weaker carbon tax in British Columbia. In Ontario, CAPP appears to have funded a social media campaign attacking carbon pricing in the lead up to elections in June 2018. In 2016-17, CAPP directly lobbied the Canadian government to weaken proposed methane emission standards, advocating instead for voluntary standards and a delay in their introduction. It also opposed a “prescriptive” enforcement of methane rules in Alberta. In 2018, CAPP argued that the Clean Fuels Standard is duplicative and called on the Canadian government to limit its scope by exempting the upstream oil and natural gas sector. CAPP promotes policy to enable a “strong growth scenario” for oil and gas in Alberta and used its ’Energy Platform’ to influence voters on this issue prior to elections in the state in June 2018. In a September 2018 submission to Alberta policymakers, the group pushed for measures including streamlined regulatory timelines and a range of ‘financial levers’ to incentivise the expansion of oil sands exploitation.

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