Engie

InfluenceMap Score
C+
Performance Band
69%
Organisation Score
64%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Utilities
Head​quarters:
Paris, France
Brands and Associated Companies
GDF SUEZ, International Power , Tractebel Energia, Electrabel
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Engie is actively engaged with several avenues of climate policy in Europe. The company has taken increasingly positive positions on EU climate ambition and appears focused on advocating for the role of 'renewable' and 'low-carbon' gas in the future energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Engie has made several statements in favor of increased climate ambition between 2018-2021. Despite initially not supporting a ‘net-zero’ GHG target in a consultation with EU policymakers in 2018 (supporting an 80-95% range target instead), Engie has since advocated support for ‘climate-neutral ’or ‘net-zero’ targets; for example, supporting net-zero by 2050 goals in the EU and US in its 2021 Integrated Report, and supporting EU Climate Law in a 2021 consultation response. The company also appears to be supportive of the need for climate change regulation, as it advocated for the UK government to support regulation to respond to climate change in a 2020 Corporate Leaders Group joint letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Engie has advocated for carbon pricing as a favored mechanism for reducing GHG emissions. The company appears to be supportive of the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, along with a minimum price floor for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as stated in a 2020 consultation response. However, it did not specify a position on removing existing carbon leakage protection for exposed sectors under the EU ETS. In 2020, Engie engaged with EU policymakers on the EU ETS, advocating for favorable emission crediting provisions for other gas technologies, including biomethane and renewable and low-carbon hydrogen. However, in its 2021 consultation response on the EU ETS, it expressed hesitancy to expand the scheme to more sectors and increase ambition due to the risk of carbon leakage. Engie appears to be supportive of the EU’s 2030 55% GHG emission reduction target, stating support in its 2021 Integrated Report, and in a 2021 consultation response.

In 2019, Engie has also communicated support for policy to implement a higher price on carbon to increase solar energy investment. However, this has previously accompanied support for the removal of what it considers ‘overlapping’ policies and regulation. In particular, the company has previously argued against large-scale subsidies to achieve the same aims. Despite this, in 2019, Engie called for France to increase the ambition of its climate plan with regard to both energy efficiency and renewable capacity targets. The company also appeared to support proposals by the French Citizens’ Assembly for energy efficiency legislation in its 2021 Integrated Report. In its 2021 consultation response on the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, Engie appeared to support an increase in ambition for renewable energy targets, while advocating for the inclusion of targets for renewable gas. In July 2021, Engie signed a joint letter to EU policymakers advocating support for an EU aviation e-kerosene mandate of 0.5%-1% for 2027 and up to 2.5% for 2030, as part of the RefuelEU Aviation initiative to promote the use of sustainable aviation fuels in the EU's Fit for 55 climate package.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Former Engie CEO Isabelle Kocher communicated actively in favor of decarbonizing of the energy mix, as well as for the role of solar energy. However, in its 2019 registration document, Engie appears to support a prolonged role for fossil gas over a focus on electrification in France. Engie has directly engaged with policymakers in Europe in 2020 advocating for policies to promote ‘green’ and low-carbon hydrogen, as well as other ‘renewable gases’, but also stressing the “essential role” of fossil gas in the medium term. In its 2021 Climate Report, Engie seemed to support the role for fossil gas in the energy mix, but advocated for it to be progressively greened with biogas.

Industry Association Governance: Despite its mostly positive policy advocacy, Engie retains membership of numerous trade associations, including BusinessEurope, MEDEF, and Eurogas that are actively and negatively engaged on climate regulation in Europe. In its 2019 Universal Registration Document, Engie discloses its “main associations” but fails to provide detail about boards, committees and working groups. The document also does not comprehensively disclose the industry associations’ positions on climate policy or identify areas of misalignment.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
2 2 NS NS NS NS NS
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
1 1 NA 1 2 2 NS
Supporting the Need for Regulations
1 1 NA -1 NS 1 1
Support of UN Climate Process
1 2 NS 1 NS 2 1
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA 0 NA NA NA NS
Carbon Tax
2 2 NS 1 1 1 NS
Emissions Trading
2 2 2 0 0 1 1
Energy and Resource Efficiency
1 -2 NS 1 1 1 1
Renewable Energy
1 1 0 0 0 0 1
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
1 1 1 0 -1 0 -1
GHG Emission Regulation
1 2 NS 1 2 2 NS
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NS -1 NA NA NA NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
64%
 
64%
 
45%
 
45%
 
61%
 
61%
 
42%
 
42%
 
57%
 
57%
 
73%
 
73%
 
77%
 
77%
 
87%
 
87%
 
85%
 
85%
 
61%
 
61%
 
52%
 
52%
 
63%
 
63%
 
67%
 
67%
 
67%
 
67%
 
49%
 
49%
 
76%
 
76%
 
65%
 
65%
 
48%
 
48%
 
85%
 
85%
 
57%
 
57%
 
39%
 
39%

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.