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Climate Lobbying Overview: Snam is relatively engaged on climate policy with predominantly positive lobbying positions, and has high levels of engagement on specific climate-related policies. However, its comments on the energy transition do not appear to align with its top-line messaging on climate change, as the organization continues to promote the role of fossil gas and low-carbon gases in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Snam’s top-line messaging on climate policy is positive. In 2020, the company stated support for the EU Green Deal and 2050 climate neutrality target on its corporate website, while it also stated support for the Paris Agreement in a 2020 consultation response. Snam also appears to support the need for climate change regulation. In 2021, it called for a “significant increase in ambition” in regard to the EU policy framework.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Snam has broadly positive positions on climate regulation. The organization stated support for an increase in ambition for 2030 energy efficiency targets under the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive and advocated for the targets to be nationally binding in a 2021 consultation response. While it supported higher ambition in the EU’s Renovation Wave initiative on energy efficiency standards for buildings in 2020 consultation on the policy. However, in a separate 2020 consultation response, Snam’s supported the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism with exceptions, including measures for carbon leakage prevention and the maintenance of competitive advantage.

Snam’ support for the reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme appears to be mixed, the company did not support higher ambition but advocated for a reduction in the use of free allowances in the system according to its 2021 consultation response. Similarly, in a 2020 feedback document, the organization favoured “the extension of the ETS scope to other sectors with high GHG impacts.” Snam, in a 2020 press release, stated support for the EU’s 2030 GHG emission reduction target of at least 55%.

In a 2021 consultation response, Snam appeared to support the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive with major exceptions. Despite supporting higher ambition in the 2030 renewable energy targets, the company advocated against nationally binding targets, and supporting the inclusion of a renewable gas target and the use of low-carbon fuels to count towards renewable energy targets.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Snam’s support for the transition of the energy mix appears to be mixed. For example, it has appeared to support the continued use of fossil gas in the energy mix without clear conditions relating to CCS or mitigating methane emissions as stated in its 2020 Sustainability Report, published in April 2021. In a 2020 consultation response, the company supported the EU’s Energy Taxation Directive with major exceptions, including advocating against a reduction in tax exemptions for fossil fuels and supporting the long-term role of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), with the potential to lock in fossil gas. Snam also appeared to support a weakening of the EU’s Taxonomy in a 2020 consultation response, advocating for fossil gas technologies to not be included in a “transitional” criteria, instead classifying them as “green”.

However, Snam has also advocated in support of the EU’s Hydrogen Strategy, in 2020 stating it “fully supports the aim of the proposed strategy to create the conditions across the whole value chain for (clean) H₂”. The company’s CEO, Marco Alverà, also appears to advocate in support of green hydrogen, commenting in 2021 in the media source Repubblica that it “can represent the ideal solution to decarbonize some important industrial sectors, in particular to produce zero-emission steel in the long term.” Alvera also supported the expansion of green hydrogen and stated high-level support for the UK’s Hydrogen Strategy in The Independent in September 2021.

Industry Association Governance: Snam publicly discloses a limited list of industry association memberships, however it does not comment on how the company is attempting to influence these groups, nor has it published a full audit disclosure of its industry links. Nevertheless, Snam retains a membership to Gas Infrastructure Europe as well as GasNaturally, both of which traditionally lobby for the long-term role of fossil gas in the energy mix.

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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.