BP Shareholders Approve Climate Change Resolution Filed By Pension Funds

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Last week, British Petroleum (BP) shareholders overwhelmingly approved a resolution that requires the oil company to increase the breadth and depth of their reporting of climate change risk.

The resolution was filed by dozens of institutional investors, including eight pension funds.

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An overwhelming majority (98 percent) of shareholders voted for a resolution on climate change at a BP annual general meeting held on April 16. The resolution requires increased annual reporting on climate change risks. A 75 percent vote was required to make it binding.

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According to a statement by the Aiming for A coalition, it “sends a strong signal to BP about the importance shareholders place on the company’s long-term response to the challenge of transition to a low-carbon economy.” However, not everyone is as excited. A ThinkProgress article points out that while passing the resolution is historic for a major oil and gas company, “the decision is less about addressing the causes and effects of climate change than it is about navigating the new green economy to maximize the company’s profits.”

BP not only recognizes that climate change is occurring, but it already puts an internal price on carbon. The company stated in its 2014 Sustainability Report that it assess how potential carbon policies could affect its businesses and applies “a carbon price to our investment decisions, where relevant.” BP also supports governments putting a price on carbon. Specifically, it supports a price on carbon that “treats all carbon equally, whether it comes out of a smokestack or a car exhaust,” which the company believes “will make energy efficiency more attractive and lower-carbon energy sources more competitive.”

Read the resolution, and the response from BP’s board, here.

 

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