Airbus Group

InfluenceMap Score
D
Performance Band
46%
Organisation Score
47%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Industrials
Head​quarters:
Leiden, Netherlands
Brands and Associated Companies
EADS, Airbus Helicopters

Climate Lobbying Overview: Airbus appears to have mixed, and mostly negative, positioning with its climate policy engagement for aviation in 2019-21. Airbus appears to support global regulations for aviation, including the CORSIA offsetting scheme, while taking mixed or negative positions on more direct and stringent aviation climate policy at regional and national levels.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Airbus has stated support for the climate strategy of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN aviation agency in its 2019 annual report. In a 2020 EU consultation response, Airbus further stated support for a “net-zero emissions aviation ecosystem in Europe by 2050”. However, comments from Airbus CEO, Guillaume Faury, in April 2021 suggested he was unsupportive of European climate-related government regulation, and in a speech in 2019 he suggested it was “unfair” that the aviation sector had been highlighted for its environmental impact as it is only “2% to 2.5% of CO2 emissions.” In a September 2021 response to a UK parliamentary committee, Airbus stated support for a "clear, long term CO2 target for global aviation, to be agreed at the 2022 ICAO Aviation General Assembly" without specifying support for a specific date or percentage commitment.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Airbus has communicated support for ICAO’s CORSIA offsetting scheme for aviation and the CO2 standard for aircraft in its 2019 Annual Report. In a 2020 US consultation response, Airbus appeared to qualify its support for the US certifying ICAO’s global CO2 standard for aircraft into domestic law on the condition that “Airbus does not believe the EPA should impose rules that are different from, or in excess of” ICAO standards.

Airbus appears to have a mixed position regarding an EU sustainable aviation fuels blending mandate. In 2020, as part of the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow initiative, Airbus appeared to endorse a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blending mandate. However, while Airbus referenced a potential EU SAF blending mandate in an October 2020 EU consultation response, it appeared to take an unclear position on the policy, stressing that “there needs to a very close harmonisation with global policy and potential blending mandates”. In 2019, Airbus 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. In 2020, Airbus publicly supported decarbonizing aviation through the development of planes fueled by green hydrogen. In a 2020 op-ed by Airbus CEO, Guillaume Faury, seems to have 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. The Airbus CEO also appears to have supported an EU-wide fleet renewal scheme to subsidize the purchase of new aircraft in a 2020 interview. In a February 2021 presentation to the EU Commission Airbus similarly urged the EU to support a fleet renewal scheme as part of the EU green stimulus, further suggesting that such measures should be included in the EU Taxonomy.

Industry Association Governance: Airbus has provided a limited disclosure of its trade association members, of some of its trade association memberships on the Airbus website, with no further details on their climate positions, nor Airbus’ engagement with them, provided. Airbus has not published a review of its alignment with its industry associations. Airbus is a strategic partner of International Air Transport Association (IATA), which has actively and negatively lobbied climate regulation for aviation at global, regional, and national levels. Airbus is also a member of Airlines for Europe, which is actively lobbying against ambitious climate policy for aviation in Europe.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
1 2 NA NS 1 NS NS
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
0 0 NA 1 0 -1 NS
Supporting the Need for Regulations
NS NS NS 0 NS -1 NS
Support of UN Climate Process
NS 2 NA NS NS 0 NS
Transparency on Legislation
-1 NA -1 NA NA NA NS
Carbon Tax
NS NS NS NS -1 -2 NS
Emissions Trading
NS -2 1 1 -1 -1 NS
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Renewable Energy
NS 1 NS 0 1 NS NS
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
1 1 NS 0 0 -1 NS
GHG Emission Regulation
2 NS NS -1 -1 NS NS
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NS 1 NA NA NA NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
64%
 
64%
 
44%
 
44%
 
47%
 
47%
 
73%
 
73%
 
36%
 
36%
 
42%
 
42%
 
45%
 
45%

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.