Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNRL)

InfluenceMap Score
E+
Performance Band
40%
Organisation Score
37%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Calgary, Canada

Climate Lobbying Overview: Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) does not appear to be fully supporting progressive policy to respond to climate change. CNRL maintains support for a high GHG energy mix, in particular appearing to support an ongoing role for natural gas in the future energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) appears to have a mixed stance on climate policy in its top-line messaging. Although CNRL has stated support on its website for GHG emissions reductions as of February 2021, the company has not explicitly supported emissions reductions in line with IPCC guidance. Despite this, in February 2021, CNRL appeared to support Canada’s role in the Paris Agreement on its corporate website. Similarly, although CNRL stated on its website in February 2021 on that it supports government regulation in response to climate change, evidence suggests it is may not fully support ambitious policy. For example, in its Annual Information Report from March 2020, it emphasized the need for “a balanced approach to sustainable development” and elsewhere on its website as of February 2021 it states that climate regulations should not compromise the competitiveness of energy intensive, trade exposed industries.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) appears to have mixed engagement with specific climate regulations. CNRL states on its website that “We are not engaged on aspects of broader climate policy beyond the oil and natural gas industry, including broad-based carbon tax”. However, it appears that CNRL has actively lobbied on elements of climate change policy. For example, in March 2020, President Tim McKay signed an open letter to the federal government calling for the planned increase to the federal carbon tax to be postponed due to COVID-19. Furthermore, while CNRL has maintained support for a carbon pricing scheme such as a carbon tax since 2016, this support seems contingent on allowances for energy-intensive industries and revenues being directed toward developing technologies. In June 2019, CNRL stated support for the Alberta Climate Leadership plan, which includes policies to improve energy efficiency.

In its 2020 CDP response, CNRL appeared to support methane regulations with major exceptions, calling for regulations to be “implemented in a staged approach” and reflect reductions in emissions already achieved. Also in its 2020 CDP response, CNRL appeared to support emissions trading measures which could weaken overall climate ambition by advocating for trading international carbon credits without placing clear quantitative limits on their use.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) does not appear to be fully supporting the transition of the energy mix. As of February 2021, CNRL maintains support for a growing role for natural gas in the energy mix without clear conditions related to the deployment of CCS, as well as claiming: “as the world’s demand for energy, significant crude oil and natural gas resources will need to be developed”. CNRL’s registration on the Alberta Lobbyist Registry shows from August 2020 to February 2021 it has lobbied policymakers for an ongoing role for natural gas in the energy mix as part of the phase out of coal. Additionally, over the same period, it has lobbied for new financial subsidies to support the oil and gas industry in the wake of COVID-19. In August 2019, CNRL called for Canadian voters to pressure politicians to support the Albertan oil sands industry.

Industry Association Governance: Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) appears to show limited transparency its membership of industry associations and does not appear to have undertaken an audit of its industry associations’ lobbying on climate change policy. CNRL has disclosed its membership of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), [81250 the Mining Association of Canada, Oil & Gas UK, all of which appear to be engaging negatively on climate change policy. However, CNRL has not disclosed further details of each of these organization's climate change policy positions or indicated whether CNRL’s climate change policy positions are aligned with the industry associations in question.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
0 NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
0 -1 NA NS -1 -1 -1 NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
0 NS NS -1 0 1 NS NA
Support of UN Climate Process
1 NS NA NS NS NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA 0 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
0 NS -1 NS -1 0 NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS -1 NS NS NS NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
1 NS 0 NS NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
-1 -1 NS -1 -1 -1 NS NA
GHG Emission Regulation
1 NS -1 0 NS -1 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NS -1 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
29%
 
29%
 
49%
 
49%
 
31%
 
31%

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.