Assessment methodology and results
For many years, ExxonMobil has worked to align the advocacy positions of trade associations with the company’s climate lobbying principles.
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In recent years due in part to our efforts, several trade associations we have had leadership positions in, such as the American Petroleum Institute and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have taken positions more closely aligned with our views on climate change.
Where we have not been able to make progress, and when an organization is no longer a constructive participant in the development and advancement of effective climate policy, we have withdrawn our membership. This was the case with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in 2018.
In the preparation of this assessment, ExxonMobil has:
- Undertaken a global review of trade association memberships.
- Identified those organizations that are active and influential in the discussion and development of climate policy.
- Reviewed the climate-related statements and positions of those trade associations.
- Assessed their policy positions and advocacy actions as aligned, partially aligned, or misaligned with helping society achieve its ambition for a net-zero future.
For the purposes of this assessment, in order to evaluate whether these organizations are aligned with helping achieve a net-zero future, we reviewed and assessed a number of factors:
- Their publicly stated policy positions to determine if they had acknowledged the risks of climate change and expressed support for the goals of the Paris Agreement, if they were silent on the topic, or if they failed to engage constructively in the development of climate policy.
- The statements and policy principles of each organization, to determine their positions related to limiting average global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
- Their principles and policy positions for public support to incentivize emission reductions.
- Their advocacy actions on specific climate policy proposals (e.g., methane regulation, low carbon fuel standards), as well as internal discussions and deliberations amongst their membership on current and prospective policy positions.
For those organizations assessed as partially aligned or misaligned, ExxonMobil has:
- Identified specific areas of partial/misalignment
- Constructively engaged with each organization to fully understand basis and rationale for area(s) of misalignment, with a view to enhancing alignment.
- Ensured ExxonMobil’s position is understood by the organization if/when misaligned positions are adopted.
- Maintained active engagement to identify aligned advocacy and policy development opportunities.
Going forward, ExxonMobil will:
- Monitor internal developments and external statements to assess commitment to constructive engagement.
- Annually review and publicly report alignment classifications.
- Disclose when an organization is no longer determined a constructive participant in climate policy development and the resulting action taken.
Criteria for inclusion
Of the hundreds of industry and trade associations around the globe of which ExxonMobil and its affiliates/subsidiaries are members, our assessment determined that less than 5 percent of these organizations are active on climate-related policy. Organizations not actively involved in the development of climate policy are not included in this report.
While the overwhelming majority of our memberships are focused on non-climate related work, our assessment identified 51 organizations that are active and potentially influential in the
discussion and development of climate policy in 2021.
It is our expectation that each of these organizations are constructive participants in the discussion and development of climate policy, and are helping society to achieve a net-zero future.
Summary of assessment findings
Of the 51 organizations assessed, we found 47 aligned with supporting policies that will help society achieve its ambition for a net-zero future, two organizations are partially aligned; and two are misaligned. Below provides a summary of the assessment results:
Aligned (47 organizations)
Of the 51 organizations included in this report, 47 were assessed as aligned with supporting society’s ambition to achieve a net zero future. Each of these 47 organizations acknowledges the risks of climate change, have statements and policy positions aligned with limiting average global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and have advocated on specific climate policies that will achieve meaningful emission reductions.
|Alliance for Market Solutions||American Chemistry Council (ACC)|
American Petroleum Institute (API)
|Australian Industry Greenhouse Network (AIGN)|
|Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP)||Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA)|
|Australian Pipeline and Gas Association||Brazilian Petroleum and Gas Institute (IBP)|
|Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI)||Business Europe|
|Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)||Canadian Fuels Association (CFA)|
|Confederation of British Industry (CBI)||Energia - National Oil Industry Association, Belgium|
|Energy for Mobility Organisation - Italy||Essenscia - National Chemical Industry Association, Belgium|
|EU Clean Hydrogen Alliance (EUH2CA)||European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)|
|German Automotive Association (VDA)||Greater Houston Partnership|
|International Air Transport Association (IATA)||International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP)|
|International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)||International Gas Union (IGU)|
|International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)||Louisiana Chemical Association|
|National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)|
|Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA)||New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA)|
|Oil & Gas UK (OGUK)||Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI)|
|Plastics Europe||The Business Roundtable, Inc.|
|Union Francaise des Industries Petrolieres (UFIP)||United States Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber)|
|U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB)||UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA)|
|Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI)||Vereniging Nederlandse Petroleum Industrie (VNPI)|
|Vereniging van de Nederlandse Chemische Industrie - VNCI (National Chemical Industry Association)||
VNO-NCW (Dutch Employers Federation) - Algemeen Bestuur
|Voka (Flanders' Chambers of Commerce and Industry)||
Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA)
|World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD||--|
Partially aligned (two organizations)Of the 51 organizations included in this report, two were assessed as partially aligned with supporting society’s ambition to achieve a net zero future. Both of these organizations support society’s ambition to achieve a net zero future, but there is opportunity to strengthen their policy support and/or lobbying activities to be assessed as fully aligned.
|Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA)||Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA)|
Summary of assessment
Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA)
Membership of relevant board/executive committees: Board of Directors; Executive Committee; Carbon Committee; Environmental Managers Committee; Legislative Committee.
LMOGA supports the regulation of methane emission reductions, is an active supporter of CCUS technology, and has publicly stated their support for smart, sound energy transition policies, but stops short of supporting the goals of the Paris Agreement, having policy principles or statements relating to limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, or advocating for specific policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. LMOGA is an active and supportive participant on the Louisiana Governor’s Climate Initiatives Task Force, which (among other duties) has been tasked with making recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions originating in Louisiana to zero by 2050. ExxonMobil will continue to work with LMOGA in 2022 to develop more fulsome climate policy principles, and active advocacy support for policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA)
Membership of relevant board/executive committees: Executive Committee; Board of Directors; Legislative Committee.
TXOGA has publicly stated that action is required on climate change, and has voiced its support for some climate-related policies, such as carbon capture and storage, zero routine flaring and energy efficiency. However, TXOGA has not expressed support for the goals of the Paris Agreement, nor developed policy principles or statements relating to limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, nor supported specific policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We will continue to work with TXOGA and its member companies to develop additional climate-related policy positions and advocacy efforts, in order to help society achieve a netzero future.
Misaligned (2 organizations)
Of the 51 organizations included in this report, two were assessed as misaligned with supporting society’s ambition to achieve a net zero future.
|American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)||Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)|
Summary of assessment
American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
Membership of relevant board/executive committees: Executive Committee; Board of Directors; Climate Change Legal Taskforce; Climate Work Group; Environment Committee; Federal and State Government Relations Committee; Issues Committee; Legal Committee; Safety and Health Committee.
ExxonMobil representatives on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and other relevant committees have worked closely with AFPM leadership and other member companies to strengthen the organization’s alignment with helping achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement at the lowest cost to society. While there has been significant internal progress, this has yet to translate into advocacy to support meaningful greenhouse gas emission reductions. Further, AFPM has advocated against fuel efficiency and low carbon fuel standards, without proposing viable policy alternatives to progress emission reductions in the refining and transport sector. ExxonMobil values AFPM’s credible and authoritative voice in the ongoing development of process safety policies, and derives benefits from their advocacy on this and other issues specific to the refining and petrochemical sectors. In 2022, we will continue to actively work to encourage AFPM to support climate-related policies that help society achieve a net-zero future. Ongoing membership will be reassessed in 2022, and informed by progress on the policy positions outlined above and other areas of work.
Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)
Membership of relevant board/executive committees: None.
IPAA supports global cooperation on climate-related policies and supports well-reasoned, cost effective steps to limit the generation of greenhouse gas emissions. The IPAA also endorses the work of The Environmental Partnership, a voluntary program for oil and natural gas industry participants that are committed to continuously improving the industry’s environmental performance. However, IPAA does not have any climate-related policy principles, nor have they supported emission reduction policies, and have advocated against strong methane regulations. ExxonMobil will continue membership of IPAA in 2022, and encourage IPAA to develop additional climate-related policy positions, in order to help achieve society’s ambition for a net-zero future. Our continued membership will be reassessed and informed by progress on the policy positions outlined above and other areas of work.
Trade associationsExxonMobil provides support to a variety of trade associations, think tanks and coalitions in order to promote informed dialogue and sound public policy in areas relevant to the Corporation’s interests and operations.
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LobbyingExxonMobil undertakes lobbying in order to advocate our positions on issues that affect our Corporation, the energy industry, and overall competitive free markets. We have a responsibility to our shareholders, employees, customers, and communities to represent their interests in public policy discussions that are related to our industry and impact our business.
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Climate policy principlesExxonMobil has supported the goals of the Paris Agreement since its inception, and has consistently voiced support for U.S. participation in the agreement. We have also actively engaged with government officials to encourage remaining in the Paris Agreement.
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