Occidental shareholders reject climate proposal from activist investors

  div classBodysc17zpet90 cdBBJodivpBy Sabrina Vallep

  pHOUSTON Reuters – Occidental Petroleum Corp shareholders on Friday voted against a proposal by activist investor group Follow This to extend the companys current carbon emissions reduction targets.pdivdivdiv classBodysc17zpet90 cdBBJodiv

  pMore than 80 of shareholders backed the board‘s recommendation to keep current commitments set by the U.S. oil and chemical producer, during the company’s annual meeting on Friday.p

  pOil majors have been facing pressure from shareholders to cut carbon emissions to meet Paris Agreement climate goals that aim to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. Fridays vote signals investors are not willing to commit to proposals they believe could hurt business. p

  pChief Executive Vicki Hollub said the two sides have a “fundamental disagreement on what it means to be Paris aligned.” p

  pFollow This, a Dutch climate activist, wanted Occidental to disclose quantitative short, medium and longterm greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets consistent with the Paris Agreement.p

  pThe group‘s founder, Mark van Baal, said oil companies need to cut emissions by 40 and that Occidental’s existing commitments do not guarantee that. p

  pOccidentals board told investors it believes the company is already committed to Paris goals, and to reaching net zero emissions by 2050, with 14 metrics aimed at curbing emissions from its operations and products. p

  pOccidental is betting on carbon sequestration and direct air capture technologies to offset emissions from its oil, gas and chemical operations. It also has set targets to mitigate emissions from its products.p


  pp Reporting by Sabrina Valle Editing by Bill Berkrotp

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