More specifically, BP is a member of many trade associations around the world, some of which engage in lobbying and advocacy on matters which they consider to be important to their members.
Over the past six months, BP has conducted a review of how key trade associations’ climate-related activities and policy positions align with BP’s positions.
Of 30 associations, we found 22 aligned with our positions, five partially aligned and three not aligned – which we have decided to leave.
The three US-based organisations are, namely, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and the Western Energy Alliance (WEA).
As explained, BP leaves the first two organizations due to "material differences regarding policy positions on carbon pricing" and the third one due to "material differences around the federal regulation of methane, as well as asset divestments in the states in which the organisation is active".
Earlier this month, BP introduced its ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and to help the world get to net zero, as well as ten aims that underpin it.
These include the aim to set new expectations for relationships with trade associations around the globe and the review published today is part of this aim.
BP will pursue opportunities to work with organisations who share our ambitious and progressive approach to the energy transition. And when differences arise we will be transparent. But if our views cannot be reconciled, we will be prepared to part company. My hope is that in the coming years we can add climate to the long list of areas where, as an industry, we work together for a greater good,
...BP CEO Bernard Looney stated.
BP has identified a further five organisations with which it is only partially aligned on climate. BP has communicated these differences to these associations.
BP has also communicated clear expectations with regards to climate positions and transparency to all associations within scope of the review.
This is an ongoing process – BP plans to undertake another review in around two years’ time.
BP position on climate change and the energy transition
1. Paris Agreement – BP supports the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change
2. Climate science – BP recognizes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as the primary source of information on climate science.
In addition, to meet the Paris goals, BP believes that BP and the world must take strong action on a range of fronts:
3. Reducing emissions – rather than promoting one fuel as the answer.
4. Carbon pricing – putting a price on carbon to help drive action in an efficient and cost-effective way.
5. Energy efficiency – improving energy efficiency, where the greatest reductions in emissions can be achieved.
6. Technology – using and deploying new technologies, such as carbon capture, use and storage.
7. Carbon offsets – utilizing natural climate solutions through land-use projects and the role of offsets.
Explore more in the BP review herebelow: