Airbus Group

InfluenceMap Score
D-
Performance Band
45%
Organisation Score
42%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Industrials
Head​quarters:
Leiden, Netherlands
Brands and Associated Companies
EADS, Airbus Helicopters

Climate Lobbying Overview: Airbus has mixed engagement with global climate regulation for aviation in 2018-20. Airbus does not appear to support GHG emissions reductions for aviation in line with the IPCC-demanded response and evidence suggests it is unsupportive of ambitious CO2 standards for aircraft. Airbus has consistently supported ICAO’s global CORSIA scheme for aviation over other climate policies, and in Europe has supported sustainable aviation fuels policy while appearing opposed to an EU aviation carbon tax.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Airbus in 2019-20 has stated support for the climate strategy of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN aviation agency, and has communicated support for 'carbon-neutral' growth in the short term and a 50% reduction against a 2005 baseline by 2050 for the aviation sector. It is of note that, according to the IPCC, global net CO2 emissions should reach net zero around 2050 to ensure a 1.5C warming target, with this rising to 2070 for a 2C target. In their messaging in 2019-20, Airbus appears to consistently emphasize the economic viability of aviation emissions reductions over the IPCC demanded response. In a 2019 speech, Airbus’s CEO also argued that it was “unfair” the aviation sector had been highlighted for its environmental impact as it is only “2 percent to 2.5 of the CO2 emissions”.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Airbus communicated support for ICAO’s global CO2 standard for aircraft and CORSIA, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for Aviation, the ICAO’s primary climate policy, in its 2019 Annual Report. Responding to a 2020 consultation on proposed US GHG standards for aircraft, Airbus stated that “Airbus does not believe the EPA should impose rules that are different from, or in excess of, whether in scope or in stringency, the requirements that have been adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (“ICAO”)”. Furthermore, evidence from 2017 suggests that Airbus played a key role in weakening and influencing the EU’s position during ICAO negotiations on the global CO2 standard for aircraft.

In 2020, as part of the Clean Skies for Tomorrow initiative, Airbus appeared to endorse a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blending mandate alongside other measures to increase European SAF supply and demand. This position suggests a more supportive stance than earlier communications from Airbus in 2017 that suggested opposition to an EU biofuels mandate. In 2019, Airbus further appeared to communicate opposition to an EU-wide carbon tax on aviation as part of an Airlines for Europe event.

Positioning on Energy Transition: In 2019-20 Airbus appears to have communicated general support for the electrification of aviation and the growth of sustainable aviation fuels, including policies to promote sustainable fuels in the EU. In 2020, Airbus publicly supported decarbonizing aviation through the development of planes fueled by green hydrogen. A 2020 op-ed by Airbus CEO, Guillaume Faury, emphasized aviation’s environmental benefits over rail and stressed that the “expectations of what rail can achieve exceed the current reality” regarding travel in Europe compared to aviation.

Industry Association Governance: Airbus does not appear to provide a dedicated disclosure of its trade association members, with InfluenceMap finding only an incomplete list of some of its trade association memberships on the Airbus website, with no further details on their climate positions or Airbus’ engagement with them provided. Airbus does however list some of its trade associations in its 2020 CDP disclosure. It has not published a review of its alignment with its industry associations. Airbus is a strategic partner of International Air Transport Association (IATA), which have actively and negatively lobbied climate regulation for aviation at global, regional, and national levels.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
1 2 NA NS 1 NS NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
0 0 NA 2 0 0 NS NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Support of UN Climate Process
NS 1 NA NS NS NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
-1 NA -1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
NS NS NS NS -1 -2 NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS -2 0 NS 0 0 NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy
NS NS NS NS 0 NS NS NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
1 1 NS 1 0 -1 NS NA
GHG Emission Regulation
2 NS NS -1 -1 NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NS 1 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
45%
 
45%
 
38%
 
38%
 
44%
 
44%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.