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Karlsruhe, Germany
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Climate Lobbying Overview: EnBW is strategically engaged on various climate change policy streams with predominantly positive lobbying positions, for example strongly engaging with the EU’s Climate Law, 2030 GHG emission reduction target, and advocating for a minimum CO2 price.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: The company's top-line messaging on climate policy is strongly positive. EnBW stated support for the EU’s Green Deal, and climate neutrality targets in the EU and Germany in its Integrated Annual Reports from 2021 and 2020. The organization has stated strong support for the Paris Agreement on its corporate website, accessed in September 2021. EnBW appears to support the need for climate regulation, particularly the introduction of a minimum CO2 price across sectors, stating this in its previous three Integrated Annual Reports, most recently March 2021.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: EnBW has strongly supported the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), and has on several occasions advocated for reforms to increase its effectiveness. This includes calling for the scheme to be aligned with the EU’s climate goals, the linear reduction factor to be increased and the market stability reserve to be strengthened in consultation responses from 2020 and 2021. Since 2018, the company has repeatedly advocated for the introduction of a minimum carbon price floor in the EU ETS to support renewable energies and safeguard investment, most recently stating support in its 2020 Integrated Annual Report, published in March 2021. The company stated in a 2020 consultation response that it supports a carbon tax for the transport and buildings sectors.

In a 2020 consultation response, EnBW supported an increase in ambition for the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive to align with the EU’s other climate objectives. However, its support for energy efficiency legislation in Germany appears to be unclear. EnBW has stated support for the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, and indicated that the 2030 target should be increased in a 2021 consultation response. The company has also advocated for improvements in approval conditions for renewable energy projects, most recently in an interview of Frank Mastiaux in Handelsblatt in 2021. In a 2020 consultation response, EnBW stated support to increase the EU’s 2030 GHG emission reduction target, advocating for an increase to at least 50% reductions.

Positioning on Energy Transition: EnBW is broadly supportive of the decarbonization of several sectors of the economy, however maintains support for the role of fossil gas in the energy mix. The company has advocated for the expansion of renewable energy in Germany and the EU, and suggested a reform of taxation and levies to support climate-friendly technologies in its 2020 Integrated Annual Report, published in March 2021. Company CEO Frank Mastiaux also appeared to support a greater role for green hydrogen alongside other renewables in the energy mix, whilst appreciating the nascent stage of the technology in an interview with Handelsblatt in 2021. In the company’s 2020 CDP Climate Change disclosure, it stated support for the decarbonization of the transport sector through the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (AFI) Directive, while also supporting the EU’s initiatives under the Green Deal to help decarbonize the energy sector.

In its 2020 Integrated Annual Report, published in March 2021, EnBW appears to support a role for fossil gas in the energy mix, without specifying clear conditions for CCS or methane emission abatement. Similarly, CEO Frank Mastiaux signed a joint letter to the EU Commission in March 2021, which stated support for the EU’s Hydrogen Strategy, but advocated for the strategy to include the blending of hydrogen with fossil gas. In 2020, EnBW appeared to support Germany’s Coal Exit Law, but advocated for more clarity and linearity with the coal exit strategy published by the so-called “coal commission”. However, the company also appeared to support the long-term role of fossil gas in the same publication, without placing any clear conditions for CCS or methane emissions abatement.

Industry Association Governance: EnBW does not disclose its industry association memberships and details on indirect climate-related lobbying activities including positions of industry associations or how the company is attempting to influence these positions. The company has not published an audit of its alignment with industry links. However, in its 2020 CDP Climate Change disclosure, EnBW states membership to trade associations positively engaged on climate policy including WindEurope, but also some negatively engaged such as Federation of German Industries (BDI).

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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.