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Dusseldorf, Germany
Brands and Associated Companies:
OGK-4, Sydkraft, E.ON Sverige
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Climate Lobbying Overview: E.ON appears actively engaged and supportive of climate change policy. In 2020-22, E.ON has supported key streams of UK and EU climate regulation such as the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), and also supported the energy transition, including increased support for green hydrogen and the electrification of transport.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: E.ON seems supportive of climate policy in its top-line messaging. On its corporate website, accessed in January 2022, the company stated support for the EU’s 2050 carbon neutrality objective. The company’s ‘2020 Climate Commitment’, published in March 2020, called for “ambitious national reduction plans” in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C goal to meet the EU’s climate targets, and supported concerted policy action to reach these. In a joint letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in December 2020, E.ON also called for the UK Government to increase the ambition of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in line with its net zero by 2050 target.

Engagement with Climate-related Regulations: E.ON appears supportive of various strands of EU climate regulation. In its 2021 consultation response on the EU ETS, the company stated support for an increase in ambition, and advocated for reforms to remove more free allowances and increase allowance auctioning. E.ON also supported reforms to the EU ETS, including strengthening the Market Stability Reserve (MSR) and a permanent reduction in the number of emissions permits in circulation in its 2021 CDP disclosure. E.ON supported an extension of the EU ETS for sector-specific systems for mobility, transport and buildings, in a July 2021 cross-industry CEO Alliance joint letter signed by CEO Leonhard Birnbaum. On its corporate website, accessed in January 2022, the company stated support for EU's carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) without specifying a position on the removal of existing carbon leakage protection for exposed sectors under the EU ETS. In 2021 the news outlet Utility Week suggested E.ON, alongside several other European utilities, supported the introduction of a carbon tax in the UK to deliver green heating ambitions. E.ON UK CEO Michael Lewis also supported the introduction of a carbon tax on gas in an October 2020 UK Environmental Audit Committee oral evidence response on the Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes.

On its corporate website, accessed in January 2022, the company supported increasing the 2030 energy efficiency target within the EU Energy Efficiency Directive revision, with some exceptions such as supporting weakening the "Energy Efficiency First" principle to consider reducing losses to grid. In a 2021 joint letter signed by the CEO, E.ON stated support for the EU’s Renovation Wave initiative, advocating for greater efficiency improvements in buildings and an expansion of heat pumps. The company also supported more ambitious energy efficiency measures in the UK housing sector in written evidence response to the Environmental Audit Committee on Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes in July 2020.

In a November 2021 EU public consultation response, E.ON supported increasing 2030 renewable energy targets within the Renewable Energy Directive revision. However, the company also advocated against stricter bioenergy sustainability criteria and for a pragmatic definition of renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBOs) for greater leniency on non-renewable fuels. Furthermore, E.ON UK CEO Michael Lewis advocated for the removal of the Green Levy on UK consumer energy bills, which is designed to boost renewable energy in the UK energy system, reported in September 2021 by the Financial Times. In its 2020 Sustainability Report, published in March 2021, E.ON stated support for the EU’s 2030 55% GHG emission reduction target. In a 2021 consultation, the company also appeared to support a zero-emissions CO2 standards for cars by 2035 and vans by 2040, along with ambitious 2025 CO2 vehicle standards.

Positioning on Energy Transition: E.ON appears supportive of the decarbonization of the energy mix. On its corporate website, accessed in January 2022, E.ON supports the expansion of renewable energy in several sectors of the economy, including transport and heating sectors. In 2021 the news outlet The Energyst reported that E.ON supported measures to decarbonize the heating sector and phase out fossil fuel boilers, while a 2021 CEO joint letter stated support for the electrification of the heating sector and expansion of heat pumps., On its corporate website, accessed in January 2022, E.ON stated support for the revision of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, welcoming an “ambitious, legally binding approach” to support the development of decarbonized transport technologies.

E.ON supported a weakening of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Taxonomy in its December 2020 consultation response, by advocating for a higher threshold for electricity generation to enable the inclusion of fossil gas plants. E.ON CEO Leonhard Birnbaum reiterated this position, in a January 2022 Reuters article, by stating support for higher electricity generation thresholds in the EU Taxonomy, to enable fossil gas to be included. In the company’s Energy Taxation Directive revision consultation response in November 2021, it stated support for the "Polluter Pays" principle, the adjustment to an energy intensity taxation structure, and called for greater support for renewable hydrogen and sustainable biomass in taxation exemptions. However, it supported exemptions for electricity cogeneration, which may include fossil gas, and alternative fuels.

Industry Association Governance: E.ON has disclosed some of its industry association memberships in its 2020 Sustainability Report. However, the company does not disclose details of its role within each association or their climate policy positions. E.ON has not published a review of industry association alignment on climate change policy. E.ON is a member of several industry associations with positive engagement on climate policy including Advanced Energy Economy, WindEurope, American Wind Energy Association and Eurelectric. However, it retains membership to the European Round Table for Industry (ERT), which has mixed engagement on climate policy.

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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.