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New framework published for investors to assess alignment of oil & gas companies’ transition plans

IIGCC publishes Net Zero Standard for Oil & Gas, a new framework for investors to assess alignment of oil and gas companies’ transition plans with a 1.5oC climate scenario.

  • 18 April 2023
  • Press Release

IIGCC publishes Net Zero Standard for Oil & Gas, a new framework for investors to assess alignment of oil and gas companies’ transition plans with a 1.5oC climate scenario. 

The framework will help inform investors’ corporate engagement priorities and escalation strategies, and help them to better understand the transition risk in their portfolios.

The publication follows a two year collaborative process led by IIGCC with support from the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), investors and regional investor groups. Provisional indicators were published in September 2021 and subsequently tested in a pilot study covering five major European oil and gas companies.

Results from the pilot study showed increasing transparency over decarbonisation plans, including disclosures on the contribution of offsets to targets and guidance on production plans1. However, the pilot study also showed the need for continued improvement in several areas, in particular the alignment of all targets and plans with relevant 1.5oC scenario benchmarks.

Adam Matthews, Chair of the process for the Oil & Gas Net Zero Standard & Chief Responsible Investment Officer for the Church of England Pensions Board, said: “This is intentionally a demanding yet practical Standard that ensures investors will have the transparency they need to differentiate between companies that are genuinely transitioning and those that are not. It levels the disclosure landscape.”

“We recognise it will not be easy to meet the Standard from day one, but we are inviting companies to unequivocally commit to disclose against the Standard and to set out a timeline to do so over the coming year.”

The Net Zero Standard for Oil & Gas will be used for initial public assessments of the largest European and North American oil and gas companies in late 2023. The list of companies for assessment will be finalised by the end of Q2 2023.

Stephanie Pfeifer, CEO, IIGCC, said: “Covering the sector facing some of the biggest challenges in the transition to a low carbon economy, the Net Zero Standard on Oil & Gas will be a valuable tool for investors as they develop and hone their climate-related engagement and escalation strategies for oil and gas companies. For oil and gas companies, the framework also provides clear guidance on what investors would like to see in a net zero transition plan and how these will be assessed.”

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