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13 Sep 2017

Think tank: Five German companies among most active “lobbying against climate policy”


Five major companies from Germany are among the world’s 35 most active anti-climate policy lobbying enterprises, British think tank InfluenceMap says. In a study that examines the companies most influential in shaping climate and energy policy around the world, Germany’s BASF, Bayer, Heidelberg Cement, Daimler and BMW figure among those who “delay or dilute efficiency and CO2 emissions standards and procedures both in Europe and North America” the think tank argues. Estimating a company’s impact on climate change solely by gauging their greenhouse gas emission “may be incomplete”, InfluenceMaps says in a study, arguing that their influence on climate-related public discourse and policy from governments merits similar attention. On the other hand, InfluenceMaps says Germany’s EnBW and Deutsche Telekom are among the companies most active in using their influence to further energy transition and emissions reduction goals.

See the study in English here.

See the CLEW dossier The energy transition and climate change for more information.

For background on German carmakers’ plans to adopt electric mobility, see the CLEW factsheets on VW, Daimler and BMW.

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