As permitted by U.S. federal, state and local laws and regulations, we engage in lobbying activities. Public reports on our past lobbying activities can be found at:
As the world’s largest independent refiner and the world’s second largest producer of renewable diesel and ethanol, Valero is active in the participation of industry and trade associations at the national, state and local levels. This participation focuses on being an active member of business communities where we work and live, learning and sharing best practices from safety and environmental to labor and technologies, as well as promoting dialogue and advocacy for positions that are in the best interest of our business.
Some trade associations actively lobby on issues that impact their respective membership. As part of the role of management and Board oversight, memberships in trade associations are reviewed to evaluate participation and alignment on matters important to our business.
We realize that some trade associations may have a diverse member base that have viewpoints that not always are aligned with ours. When this occurs, we strive to work with the trade association to express our positions, promote dialogue and reach compromise on common goals. We are cognizant that we do not control indirect lobbying efforts from trade associations, therefore in some instances, we may abstain from supporting an initiative that is not relevant to our business strategy or that diverges from our viewpoints.
To improve access to information about Valero’s indirect lobbying activities through trade associations or other organizations of which Valero is a member, Valero posts the Trade Associations report, at least annually: (a) a list of trade associations or other organizations to which Valero makes annual payments of $50,000 or more; and (b) the portion of annual membership dues to trade associations or payments to other organizations of $50,000 or more that were non-deductible under section 162(e) of the Internal Revenue Code, as provided to Valero by the recipients.
At Valero, we recognize that low-carbon fuels will be an increasing part of the energy mix and are leveraging our liquid-fuels platform and operational expertise to invest into high-growth, high-return, low-carbon projects that support this demand.
With more than $3 billion invested in low-carbon renewable fuels and $2 billion more expected to be invested through 2023 expanding our Board-approved low-carbon renewable fuel projects, we are the world’s second largest renewable diesel and the world’s second largest ethanol producer.
As part of our analysis of sound and effective climate-related policies, we believe any policy should:
The following list provides information on key trade associations to which we paid more than $50,000 in annual dues from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. We may have various reasons for participating and various levels of participation, and may not always agree with, or control the lobbying efforts or positions adopted by these trade associations.
We found the following trade associations substantially aligned with, or are in the process of being aligned with, our vision of providing affordable and sustainable energy while reducing GHG emissions:
The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) describes itself as focused on helping America transform to a low-carbon economy and states that America needs a diversified balanced portfolio of energy options. ABFA mentions that its members have the skills and knowledge to build better fuels that will enhance American energy security. The ABFA states that it supports and advocates for public policies that are technology neutral, utilize sustainable feedstocks, and offer subsidy parity to ensure all viable advanced biofuels can compete with the benefit of a level playing field. It also mentions that it engages government at all levels to secure support for the advanced biofuels industry, allowing its member companies to commercialize their technologies and bring products to market that are competitive and compatible with petroleum-based fuels and byproducts.
The European Petroleum Refiners Association (AISBL) states that the European Union (EU) has the ambitious objective to lead the world in addressing the global climate change challenge. The AISBL adds that the EU refining industry is committed to contribute to this objective by continuing to reduce its CO2 emissions and providing the economy and citizens with low-carbon fuels and other products that society needs.
The AISBL mentions that the development of a diversity of energies and energy carriers will give an economy flexibility, resilience, and the possibility for the market to select the optimal solution for every sector and use. Liquid fuels, with their unique characteristics, will continue to be employed in many transport fields. Therefore, the EU refining industry has an important and enduring role to play in the energy choices of the future, by providing low-carbon liquid fuels to complement low-carbon electrons, gas and hydrogen as energy carriers. Technology and collaboration across industries will facilitate the production of these low-carbon liquid fuels. The contribution of the EU refining industry can be enhanced by the EU industrial strategy and a policy framework which will enable its transition, while allowing refineries to retain economic viability in the face of a declining domestic market demand and of an increasingly aggressive international competition.
The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) states that, along with its members, they are further committed to delivering affordable, reliable fuel and petrochemicals products that lift the standards of living for people all over the world; improving the efficiency and sustainability of our operations; offering fuels and petrochemicals that make engines and other products more efficient; and continuing research, innovation, and application of new technologies and products.
AFPM states that policies addressing climate change should be balanced, measured, transparent, harmonized, and economy-wide.
The California Business Roundtable (CBRT) describes itself as a non-partisan organization comprised of the senior executive leadership of the major employers throughout the state – with a combined workforce of more than half a million employees. CBRT states that for more than thirty-five years the CBRT has identified the issues critical to a healthy business climate and provided the leadership needed to strengthen California’s economy and create jobs, including creative market-based solutions to reduce carbon. CBRT mentions that it seeks to advocate policies that promote economic growth and market-based solutions. CBRT actively supported California’s historic and bipartisan Cap-and-Trade program (AB 398).
The California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB) describes itself as California’s leading voice for strategies that develop a healthy environment and vibrant economy since its founding in 1973 by Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown. CCEEB states that it represents a range of industries and interests and relies upon the practice of dialogue and consensus building among its members and other stakeholders to develop solutions that are informed by multiple perspectives.
CCEEB states that, through its Climate Change Project, it assists the state in the development of efficient and effective regulatory structures to reduce GHG emissions in California.
The Canadian Fuels Association states that it has a commitment to work towards clean air; use less water and improve its quality; restore and remediate land; reduce GHG emissions; and recycle used motor oil.
The Domestic Energy Producers Alliance (DEPA) describes itself as a nationwide collaboration of 39 coalition associations – from California to West Virginia, Texas to Montana – representing individuals and companies engaged in domestic onshore oil and natural gas exploration and production (E&P). DEPA states that it believes in seeking common ground, and in common-sense solutions to the challenges that face its businesses, including the relationship with the federal legislative and executive branches of government.
DEPA states that it collaborates with other trade associations, including the Energy ESG Council, which educates all stakeholders on the material attributes that point to greater sustainability and long-term viability of companies in the energy industry.
While Valero is not an oil and gas exploration and production company, to the extent Valero can, it looks for opportunities to promote dialogue, including policies and initiatives that could lower the carbon intensity of its feedstocks and increase the energy efficiency of its supply.
The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association (LMOGA), founded in 1923, describes itself as a trade association exclusively representing all sectors of the oil and gas industry operating in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. LMOGA states that it serves exploration and production, refining, transportation, marketing, and mid-stream companies as well as other firms in the fields of law, engineering, environment, financing, and government relations.
LMOGA states that its members are making significant investments in new technologies for a cleaner future and the production of lower-carbon fuels, and have been instrumental in reducing statewide emissions to the lowest levels in a generation.
LMOGA also describes itself as representing the industry on Governor Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force (CITF) in working towards solutions to address climate change. LMOGA adds that other members were appointed from a broad group of interests including academia, business, community development and engagement, the environmental justice community, government and regulatory agencies (federal, state, and local), indigenous communities, and science and policy experts. In addition to its at-large membership, LMOGA states that its staff also work collaboratively in several smaller divisions within the CITF, which informs the final recommendations to the Governor, including the Legal Advisory Group, Manufacturing and Industry Committee, and the Mining and Oil and Gas Production Committee. LMOGA mentions that Louisiana has long been a global leader in energy production, and this task force allows the state to show the world that energy production and environmental stewardship go hand in hand.
The National Biodiesel Board states that biodiesel, renewable diesel, and renewable jet fuel will be recognized as mainstream low-carbon fuel options with superior performance and emission characteristics. In on road, off road, air transportation, electricity generation, and home heating applications, use will exceed six billion gallons by 2030, eliminating over 35 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions annually. With advancements in feedstock, use will reach 15 billion gallons by 2050.
The association’s plan recognizes there is no logical path to zero carbon without growing volumes of low-carbon transportation fuels like biodiesel and renewable diesel.
*Valero, through its consolidated joint venture, Diamond Green Diesel Holdings LLC (DGD), is the largest renewable diesel producer in North America. DGD is the member of the National Biodiesel Board.
The Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) describes itself as the oldest and largest oil and natural gas trade association in the State of Texas that continues to serve as the only organization that embraces all segments of the industry.
TXOGA states that its mission is to promote a robust oil and natural gas industry and to advocate for sound, science-based policies and free-market principles, while advocating for sustainable carbon management.
TXOGA states that it is a statewide trade association representing every facet of the Texas oil and gas industry including small independents and major producers. TXOGA mentioned that, collectively, the membership of TXOGA produces in excess of 80 percent of Texas’ crude oil and natural gas, operates over 80 percent of the state’s refining capacity, and is responsible for the vast majority of the state’s pipelines.
Valero participates in the TXOGA Carbon Management workgroup to establish a policy that would be consistent with Valero’s vision of providing affordable and sustainable energy while reducing GHG emissions.
United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) believes the U.K.’s downstream oil sector can be a core contributor to tackling the Net-Zero challenge with its members at the heart of those efforts.
UKPIA describes that along with the downstream oil industry, they work with government, regulators and other stakeholders in order to identify the best ways to achieve emissions targets, including:
Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) describes itself as representing companies that account for most of the petroleum exploration, production, refining, transport and marketing in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. WSPA notes that it represents more than 150,000 women and men and it works with government leaders, regulators, the media and an engaged public to address a wide range of public policy issues for the industry and consumers, businesses and economies that rely on safe, affordable and reliable energy.
WSPA believes that, together with its membership, they can innovate towards a sustainable energy future that supports the economy and a sense of social equality, while reducing GHG emissions.