PGE Group

InfluenceMap Score
D
Performance Band
39%
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:Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE Group) appears to be mostly negatively and actively engaged on climate change policy. PGE Group has engaged negatively on EU ETS and against higher ambition in the EU’s 2030 GHG emission reduction target. The company has actively opposed a rapid phase-out of coal.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: PGE Group appears to take mixed positions on climate policy in its top-line communications. In July 2021, PGE Group’s CEO Wojciech Dąbrowski, appeared to emphasize concerns of economic viability and energy poverty against support for the EU’s 2050 carbon neutrality target in news outlet Euractiv. In media interviews in September and October 2021, Dąbrowski labelled the EU’s Fit for 55 climate package as unrealistic and counterproductive, and suggested it will contribute to energy poverty. PGE Group suggested some support for the transition to a net zero emissions economy, and also indicated support for the UN Paris Agreement.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: PGE Group appears to be broadly unsupportive of EU climate policy and regulation. In a November 2021 EU public consultation response, it advocated against EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) reforms, as it stated reforms to increase the Linear Reduction Factor and strengthen the Market Stability Reserve would further increase CO2 prices, and did not support raising the 2030 emission reduction target for ETS sectors. Furthermore, in a February 2021 EU public consultation response, PGE Group appeared unsupportive of a reduction in free allowances in the scheme, and advocated against extending the ETS to more sectors. On numerous occasions the company has highlighted concerns with reforms creating volatile CO2 prices, including in a July 2021 press release, and by Dąbrowski in a July 2021 Euractiv article and on social media in January 2022. In March 2020, PGE Group opposed an increase in the ambition of the EU’s GHG target to a 50-55% emissions reduction by 2030.

PGE Group’s engagement on the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) has been mixed, for example the company 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 in a February 2021 consultation response. However, it supported the revision of the RED with major exceptions in a November 2021 EU public consultation response. Despite stating support for a higher 2030 renewable energy target, the company advocated against a strengthening of the bioenergy sustainability criteria and did not support a change to nationally binding targets. PGE Group also appeared to support higher targets in the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive, in a February 2021 EU public consultation response. Although it advocated for the inclusion of fossil gas technologies to achieve energy efficiency improvements in a November 2021 public consultation response.

Positioning on the Energy Transition: PGE Group does not seem to support the energy transition. PGE Group has consistently promoted the role of unabated fossil gas, including in a September 2021 newsletter by Eurogas, and CEO Dąbrowski stated that the Fit for 55 package provided insufficient support for unabated fossil gas in the heating sector in September 2021. Furthermore, the company supported a weakening of the EU Commission's proposal for the sustainable finance taxonomy by including fossil gas in a December 2020 legislative consultation response. In a July 2020 Euractiv opinion piece, PGE Group stressed that the energy transition should be “gradual” to avoid stranded assets and investment uncertainty in projects, such as its Turow coal mine. In a May 2021 press release, the company CEO Dąbrowskiopposed the Court of Justice of the European Union's decision to close operations at Turow coal mine.

However, on limited occasions PGE Group’s top-line communications have broadly supported the transition of the energy mix, calling for “decisive action” from the Polish energy sector in its 2030 Strategy update on its website in October 2020.

Industry Association Governance: PGE Group has disclosed a list of its memberships to industry associations in its 2020 Integrated Report, published in August 2021, but this disclosure has limited further details on their climate positions or influencing activities. The company has not published a review of its alignment with its industry associations. PGE Group is a member of Eurelectric and WindEurope, which both have broadly positive engagement with climate policy. The company is also a member of Eurogas, which has mixed engagement with European climate policy, and campaigns for the long-term role for fossil gas in the EU energy mix.

Additional Note: PGE Group is a listed company with more than 50% of its shares owned by the government of Poland. State-owned enterprises likely retain channels of direct and private engagement with government officials that InfluenceMap is unable to assess, and therefore are not represented 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.