Petroleum Association of Japan (PAJ)

InfluenceMap Score
E-
Performance Band
25%
Organisation Score
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Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
東京, 日本

Climate Lobbying Overview: Petroleum Association of Japan (PAJ) has lobbied negatively on a number of climate change and energy regulations and policies in Japan, advocating for oil to play a prolonged role in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: In its Carbon Neutrality Vision strategy published in March 2021, PAJ appears to be supporting net-zero target to 2050, outlining their long-term goal of technological innovation including CCUS, clean hydrogen and biomass. However, it is unclear if they are supporting near term action to achieve the carbon reduction goal. In 2021, PAJ attended METI’s Resources and Energy Policy Subcommittee meeting where they appear to again broadly support net-zero or climate neutrality targets, but emphasizes the challenge for Japan which relies on 80% fossil fuel energy and the need for innovative technology, requesting government support towards the development of such technologies. The New Year’s address by the Chair of PAJ in 2020 included statement of concern towards global emphasis on climate mitigation including sustainable finance in the EU, suggesting decrease in investment into fossil fuels can impact on secure energy supply. In 2018, through interview published on the METI website, the chair of PAJ had emphasizing the threat of energy-poverty in responding to climate change, suggesting reduction in use of oil and coal will affect over 40% of world’s population who rely coal for their electricity supply.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: In 2020, through its position statement published on the website on the 2021 tax reform, PAJ strongly opposed specific carbon price policy including carbon tax and tax on oil. The Chair of PAJ also stated 765822 opposition towards the implementation of carbon tax in his new year’s statement, published on the website in 2021.

Positioning on Energy Transition: In its Carbon Neutral Vision published in 2021 on its website, PAJ appears to be supporting certain technologies in transitioning the energy mix including clean hydrogen and CCUS, while advocating for strong financial government support towards development of these technologies. In its policy demand paper on the 2021 tax report published in 2020, PAJ appears to be suggesting a tax to be introduced on EVs to provide a fair platform between EVs and gasoline engines. In 2018, PAJ hosted a event focused on opposition to fossil fuel tax, where they advocated through a press release for policy makers to apply equal road and vehicle tax to EVs as conventional fuel vehicles while opposing further reduction in the number of gasoline/petrol stations. At the Resources and Energy Policy Subcommittee meeting hosted by METI in 2021, PAJ suggested that oil is desirable in the long-term energy mix. In the 2020 New Year’s speech published on its website, the Chair of PAJ emphasized concerns around economic feasibility of moving away from oil, suggesting use of fossil fuel in Japan is necessary in the mid to long-term to achieve resilience and best energy mix. In his speech published in 2021, the chair again suggested that oil is desirable in the long-term energy mix. In an interview published on METI website in 2019, the Chair of PAJ had stated that hybrid cars are more beneficial for Japan which has natural disasters, compared to EVs which relay on constant production and supply of electricity.

Industry Association Governance: PAJ appears to have disclosed its board and company memberships. PAJ has not described its position on climate change policies. It has disclosed some information regarding its climate change positions and direct engagement on climate relevant policy issues.

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