Natural Gas Supply Association

InfluenceMap Score
E+
Performance Band
40%
Organisation Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Washington DC, United States
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: The Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) appears to be mixed in its engagement with climate change policy and lobbying. Although its top-line messaging appears to be broadly positive, its engagement with climate-related regulations and its position on the energy transition appears to be negative.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: On its corporate website, the NGSA accepts that GHG emissions from fossil fuels contribute to climate change while also stating that the the association supports the Paris Agreement and believes that the US should be participating. In January 2021, the NGSA stated its support for the US rejoining the Paris Agreement, however, the NGSA does not appear to state support for the temperature goals set by the Paris Agreement or a net-zero target. Surrounding the need for climate change policy, since 2019 the NGSA has consistently advocated for the introduction of a carbon price, however suggests that a carbon price should replace ‘conflicting or duplicative regulations and subsidies’ and do not ‘distort or compromise competitive energy markets’

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: The NGSA appears to be mixed in its engagement with climate-related regulations. The association appears to recognize the need to address methane emissions from natural gas and in 2020, stated support for ‘reasonable government policies to achieve further reductions of methane emissions’. However, in 2021 the NGSA actively petitioned the Department of Energy to introduce rules that will allow less efficient heaters and furnaces to continue to be sold.

Positioning on Energy Transition: The NGSA appear to be advocating for the long-term role for natural gas in the future energy mix and appear to be opposing policies that would aid the decarbonization of the economy. The NSGA appear to believe that natural gas should partner renewable energy in the future energy mix, while a white paper published on its corporate website in 2017 highlights the downfalls of renewables, questioning the feasibility of transitioning to a renewables based economy. On its corporate website, the NGSA states that energy policies must allow consumers to reap the benefits of our natural gas resources, CEO Dena Wiggins echoed this in 2019, stating that ‘natural gas combined with well-designed policies that include carbon pricing is an important part of that sustainable solution because of the ability of natural gas to cut carbon and empower renewables.”

In 2019, the NSGA submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on the Double E Pipeline Project that stressed the importance of constructing additional natural gas infrastructure with minimal delays. During the same year, the NGSA also supported proposed amendments to section 401 of the Clean Water Act that would remove the ability to delay or stop natural gas infrastructure projects. Additionally, in 2020, the NGSA supported the proposed amendments to the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) that would make it easier to construct natural gas projects, limits the duration of EA’s and exempts a number of projects from review entirely and prevents the consideration of cumulative environmental impacts, including those caused by climate change.

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