Oil and Gas UK

InfluenceMap Score
D+
Performance Band
53%
Organisation Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
London, United Kingdom

Climate Lobbying Overview: Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) appears to have a mixed position on climate change policy in the UK. Although OGUK has clearly supported the UK’s target of net-zero emissions 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: OGUK’s top-line messaging on climate policy appears broadly positive. CEO Deirdre Michie has stated support for the UK’s target of net-zero by 2050 since December 2019, and this has been reiterated since, for example, in a Business Outlook report from April 2020. Furthermore, OGUK appears to show top-line support for ambitious government policy to achieve this target, with Deirdre Michie calling for “long-term supportive policies” that “go beyond the incentives currently provided” in OGUK’s Energy Transition Outlook report from December 2019.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: OGUK’s engagement with specific climate-related regulations appears mixed. In April 2021, OGUK signed an open letter to EU and UK policymakers supporting the linkage of the UK and EU Emission Trading Schemes. However, OGUK’s support for a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) appears to come with exceptions; in a consultation response from October 2020, OGUK appeared to support the continuation of existing protections for energy intensive industries alongside any potential CBAM. However, in June 2021, OGUK’s “Methane Action Plan 2021” appeared to support methane emissions reduction targets and flaring regulation as part of the North Sea Transition Deal agreed between OGUK and the UK government.

Positioning on Energy Transition: OGUK does not appear to be fully supporting the transition of the energy mix. OGUK has consistently advocated for continued exploration and development of unexploited oil and gas reserves in the North Sea, for example, in an op-ed written by CEO Deirdre Michie in July 2021 strongly supporting the Cambo oil and gas project off the coast of Shetland. Likewise, in December 2020, Michie appeared to oppose a proposed binding deadline on ending oil and gas production by 2050, and in March 2021, OGUK appeared to oppose a proposed ban to new offshore oil and gas exploration licenses in the UK, with Sustainability Director Mike Tholen stating “Any curtailment of activity by licencing constraints risks impeding the UK’s ability to deliver a net-zero future”. This is despite the International Energy Agency’s Net Zero by 2050 roadmap that states that no new exploration or development of new oil and gas fields should occur if the world is to reach net-zero by 2050. OGUK appears to have dispute this, with Sustainability Director Mike Tholen stating in May 2021 “stopping such investment" in exploration/development "would be a major drawback for the energy transition underway”.

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