Business Roundtable

InfluenceMap Score
D+
Performance Band
50%
Organisation Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
All Sectors
Head​quarters:
Washington DC, United States

Business Roundtable appears to be improving in its lobbying on US climate and energy policy. The organization's 2020 Climate Change statement calls for global emissions reductions in line with IPCC recommendations and makes the case for carbon pricing as a central facet of its preferred approach. At the same time, Business Roundtable qualifies its support for government regulation with several caveats, including the need to maintain national competitiveness, and asserts that market-based action is "more often than not" preferable to regulation of emissions reductions.

In February 2017, Business Roundtable wrote a letter to the White House on the negative economic impacts of environmental legislation, opposing the overreach of the US EPA and demanding an overhaul of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). It had previously questioned the legality of the CPP in a 2014 consultation. While the organization demonstrated support for the wind production tax credit in 2017, it has shown little engagement with specific strands of climate policy in recent years. Its 2020 Climate Change report states support for a 'price on carbon,' but with major exceptions. It does not endorse specific carbon tax or cap and trade legislation and cautions against administrative burdens and implementation costs. In 2015-17, Business Roundtable called for an increase in fossil fuel production, explicitly supporting the Keystone XL pipeline and advocating for policy changes that would enable the expansion of oil and gas infrastructure.

While it places GHG emissions reductions on an IPCC-recommended timeline, Business Roundtable's 2020 report highlights the role of technologies not yet proven at scale - such as carbon capture - and continues to emphasize the role of fossil fuels in a future energy mix. Speaking on behalf of the organization, President Joshua Bolten voiced opposition to the US Green New Deal in September 2020.

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