International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP)

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Brussels , Belgium

Climate Lobbying Overview: IOGP appears to have a mixed to negative position on climate change policy. Although IOGP has clearly supported drastic emissions reductions, including the EU’s target of climate neutrality by 2050, it does not appear to fully support a transition of the energy mix that is aligned with this goal.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: IOGP’s top-line messaging on climate policy appears to be broadly positive. IOGP appears to have repeatedly supported the EU’s target of climate neutrality by 2050, for example, in consultation responses from April 2021 and October 2020. Furthermore, as of July 2021, IOGP maintains support for the Paris Agreement on its website. IOGP’s support for the need for government policy appears more mixed; on IOGP’s website as of July 2021, IOGP states support for “market-based economy-wide mechanisms” such as carbon pricing with the need for other forms of regulation left unclear. Likewise, in April 2020, IOGP submitted an EU consultation response appearing to support an international price on carbon but emphasizing that carbon pricing should be the "primary policy tool" to respond to climate change.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: IOGP’s engagement with specific climate-related regulations appears mixed. In an EU consultation response from October 2020, IOGP appears to have stated support for a proposed carbon border adjustment mechanism in Europe, and in a press release from November 2020, IOGP appeared to support the EU’s Methane Strategy. However, in IOGP’s response from October 2018 to the consultation on the EU Strategy for long-term EU GHG emissions reductions, IOGP appeared to not support either a renewable energy target or an energy efficiency target, claiming “such targets pre-determine what the answer to the climate change challenge” and are “an unnecessary burden for consumers to bear.”

Positioning on Energy Transition: IOGP does not appear to fully support the transition of the energy mix. On IOGP’s website as of May 2021, IOGP maintains support for a long term role for natural gas in the energy mix, claiming “gas will be a key player in the long term. Without it, the shift to a low-carbon energy system could seriously compromise quality of life by limiting access to affordable heat, light and mobility”. Accordingly, IOGP has opposed proposals to ban or end public support for building heating systems that use natural gas in an EU consultation response from January 2021. Furthermore, in another consultation response from April 2021, IOGP appeared to support including support for natural gas in the EU's State Aid framework, and in October 2020, a joint letter signed by CEO Imam Khan [768009 appeared to argue for less ambitious thresholds in the EU sustainable finance taxonomy in order not to discourage the use of natural gas. IOGP appears to continue to support the exploration and development of unexploited oil and gas resources; for example, on their website in February 2019, it appeared to strongly support development of the Arctic’s “untapped” oil and gas resources. In response to the IEA’s Net Zero Pathway, which stated there should be no new exploration or development of new oil and gas fields beyond 2021 if the world is to meet net zero by 2050, CEO Iman Khan appeared to dispute the report in a press release from May 2021, stating “without further investments in new oil and gas fields, the world would require massive deployment of other energy sources and efficiencies as well as huge investments in research and in new technologies, ramped up at a pace we haven’t seen yet”.

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