Enel

InfluenceMap Score
B
Performance Band
83%
Organisation Score
73%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Utilities
Head​quarters:
Rome, Italy
Brands and Associated Companies
Endesa, Enel Green Power , Empresa Nacional de Geotermia, Enel Brasil
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Enel is strategically engaged on various climate change policy streams with predominantly positive lobbying positions, for example strongly engaging with the EU’s 2030 GHG emission reduction target and focusing on electrification of the transport sector.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Enel’s top-line messaging on climate policy is positive. The company stated support for the EU’s Climate Law, which sets a carbon neutrality target for 2050, in its 2020 Sustainability Report, published in April 2021. The organization has positively engaged on the Paris Agreement, stating “the EU should continue cooperating towards an effective implementation of the Paris Agreement” in its response to EU public consultation on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism in 2020. Enel appears to support the need for climate change regulation, in 2019 calling for governments to provide businesses with more advanced targets and ambition on their corporate website. Enel also advocated for policy mechanisms to ensure carbon is price into the economy in its 2020 Sustainability Report.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Enel strongly supports the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), and has on several occasions advocated for reforms to increase its effectiveness. This includes calling for the linear reduction factor to be increased, the market stability reserve to be strengthened, and the scheme to be extended into the transport and buildings sector in its 2020 Sustainability Report, and a 2021 CEO joint letter. In a 2021 joint letter to EU policymakers, Enel stated support for the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, advocating for the inclusion of the hydrogen sector, but did not specify a position on removal of existing carbon leakage protection for exposed sectors under the EU ETS.

In a 2021 consultation response, Enel supported an increase in ambition for the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive to align with the EU’s other climate objectives. In July 2021, Enel CEO, Francesco Starace, signed a cross-industry CEO Alliance joint letter in which the company supported the EU’s Renovation Wave energy efficiency initiative, and advocated for an annual 3% renovation target. Enel also strongly supported the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive revision, advocating for 2030 renewable targets to be set more ambitiously in its 2021 consultation response. Enel additionally signed a 2021 open letter to EU policymakers on the Renewable Energy Directive to ensure low-carbon fuels were excluded. Francesco Starace has actively engaged on the EU’s 2030 GHG emission reduction target, and in 2021 he advocated for a target of “at least 55% by 2030” in an CEO Alliance open letter. The company also stated support for the EU’s Methane Strategy in its 2020 Sustainability Report.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Enel seems to support the transition of the energy mix, and the decarbonization of several sectors in the economy. A 2021 Financial Times article appeared to show Enel supporting the decarbonization of the transport and hard-to-abate sectors, while advocating for a phase out of fossil fuel subsidies. Enel has also appeared to advocate against the use of fossil gas and expansion of fossil gas infrastructure, stating it as counterproductive to meet EU climate objectives in a 2021 consultation response. In 2020, Enel also appeared to show support for the electrification of transport in its News and Media section on its corporate website. The company appears to support the alignment of the Energy Taxation Directive (ETD) with the EU's climate goals, through the removal of fossil fuel tax exemptions as expressed in the ETD consultation response in 2020.

Enel has also advocated for an expanded role for green hydrogen in the energy mix in its response to the EU Hydrogen Strategy consultation in 2020. On its corporate website in 2021, Enel has supported the use of green hydrogen in heavy industry and transport sectors, while it expressed caution against use of blue and grey hydrogen, and hydrogen blending with fossil gas.

Industry Association Governance: Enel publicly discloses a limited list of industry association memberships, however it does not comment on how the company is attempting to influence these groups, nor has it published a full audit disclosure of its industry links. The company is a member of numerous trade associations, some of which actively and positively lobby on climate change. These include influential roles in the board of directors at International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), SolarPower Europe, Wind Europe and SmartEn.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
2 2 NA 2 NS 1 NS
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
2 2 NA 2 -1 2 NS
Supporting the Need for Regulations
1 1 NS NS NS 2 NS
Support of UN Climate Process
2 2 NS 2 1 1 NS
Transparency on Legislation
1 NA 1 NA NA NA NS
Carbon Tax
0 NS -1 1 1 NS NS
Emissions Trading
1 2 1 2 1 1 NS
Energy and Resource Efficiency
2 0 1 2 1 1 NS
Renewable Energy
2 2 2 2 1 1 NS
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
2 1 NS 2 1 1 NS
GHG Emission Regulation
2 2 1 2 2 2 NS
Disclosure on Relationships
1 NA 2 NA NA NA NS
Strength of Relationship
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95%
 
60%
 
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42%
 
76%
 
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48%
 
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87%
 
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84%
 
84%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.