PGE Group

InfluenceMap Score
D+
Performance Band
45%
Organisation Score
84%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Utilities
Head​quarters:
Warsaw, Poland
Brands and Associated Companies
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna

Climate Lobbying Overview: PGE Group (Polska Grupa Energetyczna) appears to have a mixed position on climate change policy. Although the company has expressed top-line support for climate action and the energy transition, and has engaged positively on EU renewable energy legislation, it does not appear to support other forms of climate regulation or a rapid phase-out of coal.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: In a 2020 submission on the European Climate Law, PGE Group’s communication suggested some support the transition to a net zero emissions economy, and also indicated its support for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. However, in 2020 PGE Group’s CEO Wojciech Dąbrowski also appeared to question the economic viability of EU’s emissions goals, stating that “this process requires significant investment outlays”.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: PGE Group appears to be broadly unsupportive of EU climate climate policy and regulation. In 2020, the company advocated increased compensation for countries with low GDP per capita such as Poland under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), appearing not to support an increase in the carbon price. In 2020, PGE Group also appeared to oppose an increase in the ambition of the EU’s GHG target to a 50-55% emissions reduction by 2030. However, the company has positively engaged on EU renewable energy legislation in 2020, including support for a renewable energy financing mechanism, revision of the TEN-E Regulation, and measures to increase the uptake of offshore wind.

Positioning on the Energy Transition: PGE Group’s top-line communications appear broadly supportive of the transition of the energy mix, calling for “decisive action” from the Polish energy sector in its 2030 Strategy update. In February 2020, the company also advocated the use of compensatory mechanisms to facilitate the energy transition in the EU under the Modernisation Fund, EU ETS and Just Transition Fund. However, PGE Group also appears to be supporting policy that will enable the sustained role of fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas in the energy mix. For example, the company has supported the inclusion of natural gas under the EU green funding provision and the sustainable taxonomy in 2020. In July 2020, PGE Group also stressed that the energy transition should be “gradual” to avoid stranded assets and investment uncertainty in projects such as its Turow coal mine. In response to a shareholder question at its 2020 AGM, PGE Group again stated its support for a “gradual departure” from the use of coal.

Industry Association Governance: PGE Group has disclosed a list of its memberships to industry associations in its “Report on non-financial data”, but this disclosure has limited further details on their climate positions or influencing activities. The company has not published a detailed audit disclosure on its alignment with its industry associations. PGE Group is a member of Eurelectric and WindEurope, which both have broadly positive engagement with climate policy.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
0 0 NA 0 0 0 NS NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
1 NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Support of UN Climate Process
NS NS NS 0 NS NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
-2 NA -2 NA NA NA NS NS
Carbon Tax
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS -1 NS -1 NS -1 NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy
NS NS NS 2 NS NS NS NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
0 2 NS 0 0 0 -2 NA
GHG Emission Regulation
NS -1 NS -1 0 -1 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NS -2 NA NA NA NS NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
93%
 
93%
 
73%
 
73%

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.