Uniper

InfluenceMap Score
C-
Performance Band
56%
Organisation Score
59%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Düsseldorf, Germany
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Uniper appears actively engaged on European climate policy with mixed positions. The company also advocates strongly in favor of a long-term role for fossil gas in the energy mix, and opposed mandates to phase out coal power.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Uniper appears supportive of climate action in its top-line messaging. In its 2019 Annual Report, released in May 2020, Uniper supported the European Green Deal’s ambition to achieve climate neutrality in Europe by 2050. In the company’s 2020 Sustainability Report, published in April 2021, Uniper stated support for the implementation of the UN Paris Agreement. Although Uniper has not explicitly stated support for climate-related regulation in its corporate messaging, the company signed a joint letter to the leading EU institutions in October 2020 calling for “ambitious and pragmatic” policy tools to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Uniper appears actively engaged on climate-related regulations, with mixed positions. The company is supportive of market-based climate regulation, supporting EU and UK emissions trading schemes while strongly opposing the introduction of a carbon tax. Uniper has consistently supported the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) as “the most cost-effective mechanism” to meet Europe’s emission reduction targets. In a February 2021 EU public consultation response on the EU ETS Uniper stated support for positive reforms, including to increase the Linear Reduction Factor, a one-off rebasing of the emission cap, and an expansion to the maritime sector. Uniper advocated for new standalone ETS systems for the transport and buildings sectors, and a continuation of the Market Stability Reserve at the current rate. In November 2020, Uniper signed a joint letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging the UK Government to implement a UK emissions trading system.

The company supported the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism in a 2021 EU public consultation response, but advocated for the gradual phase out of existing carbon leakage protection for exposed sectors under the EU ETS over an unspecified period of time. In a 2021 EU public consultation response, Uniper supported the increased ambition of the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, but advocated for non-renewable, low-carbon energy sources to be included in the directive. The company appeared to support increasing the EU’s 2030 GHG emission reduction target from 40% to at least 50%, in a June 2020 consultation response. In a consultation response to the European Commission in January 2021, Uniper supported the EU’s legal framework to reduce methane emissions in the energy sector.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Uniper does not appear fully supportive of the transition away from fossil fuels in the energy mix. Uniper has reportedly opposed coal phase-out plans in Germany in 2019 and the Netherlands in 2021, with Euractiv reporting the company confirming its intention to seek legal action in the latter case. Sky News have reported in September 2021 that legal action is ongoing. Uniper stated in its 2021 CDP disclosure that it opposed the 2030 coal phaseout in the Netherlands unless the company receives financial compensation.

Uniper has consistently supported the long-term role of fossil gas in the energy mix. In its 2021 CDP disclosure, the company supported weakening the EU's sustainable finance taxonomy to include fossil gas as a transitional activity. Uniper has actively supported the increased role of hydrogen in the energy mix, including renewable hydrogen and hydrogen production via fossil fuels with CCS (“blue”). In a March 2021 EU public consultation response, Uniper advocated for the EU’s Hydrogen and Gas Decarbonization Package to support all forms of hydrogen, including that produced with fossil fuels. In response to a UK public consultation in May 2020, the company lobbied in favor of incentives for green hydrogen production and battery storage under the UK Contracts for Difference (CfD) mechanism.

Industry Association Governance: Uniper has disclosed its membership to some industry associations on its corporate website. However, this disclosure provides limited information on these memberships and excludes key associations such as the Federation of German Industries (BDI), BusinessEurope and Eurogas which have mixed and negative engagement on key climate change policies. The company has not published a detailed review of its alignment with its industry associations.

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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.