Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG)

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Warsaw, Poland
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo (PGNiG) appears to be negatively and actively engaged on climate change policy. PGNiG has engaged negatively on several European climate policies, including the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and the Energy Efficiency Directive. The company also supports the long-term role for unabated fossil gas in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: PGNiG appears to take mixed positions on climate policy in its limited top-line communications. PGNiG president Pawel Majewski advocated for the EU Fit for 55 climate package to make considerations for different member state’s requirements in its climate regulations, pushing for use of fossil gas in a September 2021 social media post. The company supported the EU’s 2050 climate neutrality target in a April 2020 public feedback response, but maintained the target should remain only at EU-level. In its 2020 Annual Report, published in December 2020, PGNiG seemed to support climate science. The company does not appear to be engaged on the Paris Agreement.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: PGNiG appears to be broadly unsupportive of EU climate policy and regulation. In a February 2021 public consultation response, the company did not support reforms to the EU ETS by advocating against a higher emission reduction target for the ETS sectors, and advocated against an increasing auctioning of free allowances amongst other reforms. The company also appeared to support measures to weaken the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) in a November 2021 public consultation response. This includes PGNiG calling for rebates to compensate the export sector, and advocating for the exclusion of primary energy inputs from the CBAM. In a June 2020 public consultation response, the company did not support increasing ambition in the EU’s 2030 GHG emission reduction target.

PGNiG responded to the April 2022 public consultation on the EU Methane Regulation for the energy sector, and advocated for weaker rules and obligations on methane emission reduction measures. PGNiG appeared to support a weakening of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive revision in a November 2021 public consultation response, by advocating for the inclusion of fossil gas technologies to be included in energy savings criteria. In a November 2021 public consultation response, the company also supported measures to weaken the EU Renewable Energy Directive revision, by calling for non-renewable low-carbon fuels and fossil gas technologies to be considered in the scope of the directive.

Positioning on the Energy Transition: PGNiG does not appear to support the energy transition, and advocates for the long-term role of unabated fossil gas in the energy mix. In a April 2022 public consultation response, the company advocated for the EU Hydrogen and Gas Decarbonization Package to support new investments in fossil gas infrastructure, and promoted the long-term role of unabated fossil gas for energy security needs. The company also supported weakening the EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation to include measures to support liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) in its November 2021 public consultation response. PGNiG former president Jerzy Kwiecinski also signed a October 2020 joint letter to EU policymakers advocating for a weakening of the EU sustainable finance taxonomy, to include fossil gas as a transitional technology. In a May 2021 press release, former PGNiG president Paweł Majewski stated that “the shift towards a low- and zero-carbon economy is not feasible without natural gas” in Poland. However, on social media in December 2020, Majewski also stated support for increasing the share of “low-carbon” gases in the energy mix, and advocated for a greater role of biomethane and hydrogen, without specifying the need to decarbonize hydrogen production.

Industry Association Governance: PGNiG has disclosed a list of its memberships to industry associations in its 2020 Integrated ESG Report, published in August 2020, 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. PGNiG is a member of Hydrogen Europe, a group actively engaged on climate change policy with mixed positions. The company is also a member of International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), which has mixed to negative engagement with European climate policy, and campaigns for an increase in oil and gas exploration.

Additional Note: PGNiG is a listed company with 71.88% 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 PGNiG's engagement intensity metric.

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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.