Engie

InfluenceMap Score
C+
Performance Band
70%
Organisation Score
64%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Utilities
Head​quarters:
Paris, France
Brands and Associated Companies:
GDF SUEZ, International Power , Tractebel Energia, Electrabel
Official Web Site:
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Engie is actively engaged with several climate policy streams in Europe. The company has taken increasingly positive positions on EU climate ambition. In terms of the transition of the energy mix, Engie appears focused on advocating for the role of 'renewable' and 'low-carbon' gases, alongside its consistent support for fossil gas in the future energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Engie appears to be supportive of increased climate ambition in its top-line communications. The company’s chairman Jean-Pierre Clamadieu stated support for EU’s 2050 climate neutrality target in its 2021 Universal Registration Document, published in March 2022. In the same document, the Clamadieu supported the US rejoining the UN Paris Agreement. The company also appears to be supportive of the need for climate change regulation, advocating for robust carbon pricing policies in its December 2021 Industry Associations review, and calling 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. Engie stated support for the Paris Agreement as part of a French Business Climate Pledge in April 2021.

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 an October 2020 consultation response. However, it did not specify a position on removing existing carbon leakage protection for exposed sectors under the EU ETS. In its February 2021 consultation response on the EU ETS, Engie expressed hesitancy to expand the scheme to more sectors and increase ambition, citing the risk of carbon leakage. Engie appears to be supportive of the EU’s 2030 55% GHG emission reduction target, with chairman Jean-Pierre Clamadieu stating support in its 2021 Universal Registration Document, published in March 2022.

In its 2021 Universal Registration Document, Engie supported the EU’s climate policy ambition in its Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and Energy Efficiency Directive. The company signed a joint letter to EU policymakers in December 2021, which advocated for the Delegated Act on RED to support flexible approaches, weaker hydrogen production criteria, and did not appear to support the additionality principle. Engie also signed a joint letter to US Senators advocating for policymakers to support renewable energy tax credits in the Federal Reconciliation Bill in May 2022. The company supported a weakening of the EU Methane Regulation for the energy sector, advocating for the regulation to remain intra-EU focused and, for compensation and flexibility, in its April 2022 feedback comments on the policy.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Engie’s engagement appears to be mixed on the energy transition, with positions that continue to promote the role of unabated fossil gas in the energy mix, along with the development of hydrogen and biomethane. In its 2021 Energy Transition Dashboard, published in February 2022, the company supported transitioning the energy mix from coal to unabated fossil gas. Similarly, in its December 2021 Industry Associations Climate Review, Engie stated that it recognizes unabated fossil gas as “a key enabler” of the energy transition. Additionally, Engie supported a weakening of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Taxonomy in its 2021 Universal Registration Document, published in March 2022, by advocating for a higher threshold for electricity generation to enable the inclusion of fossil gas plants.

Engie signed a joint letter to EU policymakers in April 2022 that advocated for higher ambition for hydrogen infrastructure in the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation, in order to support the decarbonization of the transport sector. In its April 2022 feedback comments on the EU Hydrogen and Gas Decarbonization Package, the company supported the role of renewable and low-carbon gases, and advocated for a clearer methodology to calculate emissions savings from low-carbon fuels. Engie CEO Catherine MacGregor supported diversifying the European energy mix away from Russian fossil fuels, and towards renewable energies, in an March 2022 interview with France Inter.

Industry Association Governance: In its December 2021 Industry Association Review, Engie disclosed its membership to industry associations, and included broad details on engagement activities and misalignment, but without reference to specific policies, activities or climate positions. Despite its mostly positive policy advocacy, Engie retains membership of numerous negative industry associations, including BusinessEurope and Edison Electric. It also has executives in senior positions at MEDEF (co-president of the Ecological and Economic Transition committee), and Eurogas (trade association president), that are actively and negatively engaged on climate regulation in Europe.

A detailed assessment of the company's industry association review can be found on our CA100+ platform here.

InfluenceMap collects and assesses evidence of corporate climate policy engagement on a weekly basis, depending on the availability of information from each specific data source (for more information see our methodology). While this analysis flows through to the company’s scores each week, the summary above is updated periodically.* This summary was last updated in Q3 2022.**

Additional Note: The government of France owns 23.64% of Engie. It is likely that Engie retains channels of direct and private engagement with French officials that InfluenceMap is unable to assess. As this is not publicly available information, it is not reflected in Engie's engagement intensity metric.

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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.