Shareholders request the Company to set a medium-term reduction target covering the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the use of its energy products (Scope 3) consistent with the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement: to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.
We believe that ConocoPhillips could thrive in the energy transition by meeting the increasing demand for energy while reducing GHG emissions to levels consistent with the global intergovernmental consensus specified by the Paris Accord. Setting a Paris-aligned medium-term target covering Scope 3 is paramount, because the medium-term is decisive for the Company and the Paris Accord and because Scope 3 accounts for around 90% of total Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.1,2 Using existing guidance, an exploration and production (E&P) company can estimate Scope 3 emissions and arrive at a target. 3 In 2021, 58% of shareholders voted in favour of Scope 3 targets.4 ConocoPhillips did not respond to this majority and remains one of the few oil majors that has not set Scope 3 targets at all (at the time of filing this proposal). Therefore, this proposal supports ConocoPhillips to set a Paris-aligned medium-term target covering Scope 3. We, the shareholders, understand this support to be our fiduciary duty to secure the longterm interest of the Company and to protect all our assets in the global economy from devastating climate change; limiting global warming is essential to risk management and responsible stewardship of the economy. The current energy crisis and the climate crisis can be addressed simultaneously by investing the windfall profits from high oil and gas prices in other energy sources.5 Diversification of the energy supply would foster energy security by reducing dependency on oil and gas fields tied up in geo-political conflict and reduce emissions to address the climate crisis simultaneously. Changes in demand are as critical as changes in supply, but customers can only change sufficiently when key system players like ConocoPhillips offer alternative energy sources at scale.6 By investing in alternatives, ConocoPhillips could decrease emissions without ultimately shrinking business. It is in the Company's and its shareholders’ best interest to pursue the opportunities the energy transition presents; this will also pre-empt risks of losing access to capital markets, policy interventions, litigation, liability for the costs of climate change, disruptive innovation, and stranded assets