PGE Group

InfluenceMap Score
D
Performance Band
43%
Organisation Score
66%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Utilities
Head​quarters:
Warsaw, Poland
Brands and Associated Companies:
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna
Official Web Site:

Climate Lobbying Overview: PGE Group (Polska Grupa Energetyczna) appears to have mostly negative engagement on climate change policy. Although the company has mostly expressed top-line support for climate action and the energy transition, and has engaged positively on EU renewable energy and energy efficiency legislation, it does not appear to support other forms of climate regulation and has been actively opposing 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 for 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”. Furthermore, in 2021 Dąbrowski highlighted concerns of economic viability and energy poverty in the delivery of carbon neutrality in the EU by 2050.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: PGE Group appears to be broadly unsupportive of EU climate policy and regulation. In 2020-21, PGE Group have advocated against EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) reforms. In the company’s 2021 consultation response on the EU ETS, it appeared to not support a reduction in free allowances in the scheme, and advocated against extending the ETS to more sectors. In 2021, PGE Group also highlighted volatile CO2 prices as a concern with reforms, in a press release, and by Dąbrowski in Euractiv. 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 2021, including support for higher ambition in the revision of the EU Renewable Energy Directive to align with other EU climate objectives. PGE Group also appeared to support higher targets in the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive, in its 2021 consultation response on the policy.

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 fossil gas in the energy mix. For example, the company supported the inclusion of fossil 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 2021, the company opposed the Court of Justice of the European Union's decision to close operations at 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.

Additional Note: The government of Poland owns 57.39% of PGE Group. It is likely that PGE Group retains channels of direct and private engagement with Polish officials that InfluenceMap is unable to assess. As this is not publicly available information, it is not reflected in PGE Group'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.