Climate Change

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

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London, United Kingdom

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is actively lobbying climate change policy with broadly positive although sometimes mixed support. In 2017 CBI urged the UK to raise its ambition to meet global and domestic emissions targets and in 2016 encouraged a speedy ratification of the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, the Confederation of British Industry supports 2030 greenhouse gas emission targets in the UK and EU. Regarding the EU, CBI appears to prioritize the EU ETS, supporting limited reforms to improve the schemes effectiveness, at the expense of 2030 energy efficiency and renewable targets. Contrastingly, evidence suggests CBI urged UK policymakers to support British energy efficiency standards in 2016 and renewable energy legislation in 2015. CBI’s former Director-General John Cridland, publicly criticized the UK government in 2015 for weakening renewables and energy efficiency legislation. CBI prominently advocated for the UK carbon price floor to be frozen throughout 2014 and lobbied the UK government in 2016 to continue the freeze, albeit whilst simultaneously publicly supporting the long-term continuation of the scheme. CBI have urged the UK government to quicken the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy in a 2016 letter to policymakers as well as in a major report released in 2017. Evidence suggests policy positions in favor of the electrification of transportation and the substitution of coal with gas. However, despite this support CBI have consistently advocated for fossil fuel subsidies and increased unconventional gas production, also supporting the opening of a new English coal mine in 2016.

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