SSE

InfluenceMap Score
B
Performance Band
82%
Organisation Score
72%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Utilities
Head​quarters:
Perth, United Kingdom
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: SSE appears to be actively and positively lobbying on climate change, including in its top-line statements, advocacy on specific climate policy and debate around the energy transition.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: SSE demonstrates positive top-line messaging on climate policy. SSE is supportive of the Paris Agreement, stating in its 2019 Sustainability Report that it will “support the formation of policy in support of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change”. In 2020, it stated support for drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to avoid “global warming increases in excess of 1.5-degrees”. This was reiterated in 2020, when in a Corporate Leaders Group letter to the UK Prime Minister, it stated strong support for achieving net zero emissions by 2050 through the European Green Deal in the EU. The CEO, Alistair Phillips-Davies, also similarly stated support for net zero emissions no later than 2050 in the UK in its 2020 Annual Report. Alongside this, SSE advocated for increased ambition on climate change regulation through an open letter sent to European Environment and Climate Ministers in 2019.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: SSE has lobbied positively on climate-related regulations. SSE appears to support the implementation of a carbon tax as stated in the ‘News and Views’ section on its corporate website in 2020. The company expressed support for carbon pricing in 2019, with CEO Phillips-Davies commenting on the “vital contribution” of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the UK’s Carbon Price Floor to decarbonization in an open letter to the Prime Minister. CEO Phillips-Davies also directly advocated to UK policymakers to both increase ambition for renewable energy policy and provide greater policy support for wind energy in 2019. SSE has supported the EU’s 2030 55% emission reduction target, co-signing an open letter in 2020 calling for increased ambition in the European Green Deal.

Positioning on Energy Transition: SSE appears to have lobbied positively on transitioning the energy mix. For example, in 2020 the company stated support for the electrification of transport through increasing electric vehicle infrastructure on Twitter and placing bans on new sales of petrol and diesel vehicles in a Forbes article. Its 2019 Sustainability report also expressed support for “new offshore wind, support for low-carbon clusters, and routes to market for carbon capture and storage and hydrogen solutions” to support decarbonization.

Industry Association Governance: SSE does publicly disclose a list of some of its industry association memberships. However, it does not comment on their climate-related lobbying activities, nor has it published a full audit disclosure of its links to trade associations. The company is a member of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Wind Europe. IETA has lobbied relatively positively on some strands of climate change policy whereas Wind Europe has strongly and positively engaged with most climate policy.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
1 2 NS NS NS NS NS
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
2 2 NA NS NS 2 NS
Supporting the Need for Regulations
1 1 NS 1 NS 1 NS
Support of UN Climate Process
1 1 NA NS 1 2 NS
Transparency on Legislation
1 NA 1 NA NA NA NS
Carbon Tax
2 1 2 1 1 2 NS
Emissions Trading
2 2 2 0 NS 1 NS
Energy and Resource Efficiency
1 1 2 1 NS 1 NS
Renewable Energy
NS 1 2 1 2 1 NS
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
1 1 2 1 1 1 NS
GHG Emission Regulation
2 1 2 NS 1 2 NS
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NS 2 NA NA NA NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
42%
 
42%
 
67%
 
67%
 
73%
 
73%
 
86%
 
86%
 
76%
 
76%
 
50%
 
50%

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.