Eurogas

InfluenceMap Score
C-
Performance Band
58%
Organisation Score
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Brussels , Belgium
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Eurogas appears to be highly engaged with EU climate policies, with overall mixed positions. While its top-line messaging appears to be positive, its position on some climate-related regulations appear to be more mixed, while also advocating for a continued role for fossil gas in a future energy-mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Eurogas appears to clearly recognize the need for action in the face of climate change in its climate communications. In its March 2021 climate ambition statement, the association stated that it holds an established commitment to the Paris Agreement as well as the EU’s 2030 and 2050 climate targets. Eurogas President Didier Holleaux stated support for the EU climate neutrality target in 2050 in a September 2021 newsletter. The association also supported policy and regulatory action, including carbon pricing policies, to tackle climate change in a February 2021 consultation response.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Eurogas’s engagement with climate-related regulations appears to be mixed. In a February 2022 Euractiv article, Eurogas president Didier Holleaux suggested the EU Methane Rules for the energy sector should not include measures on imported fossil gas, emphasizing its impact on the European gas supply. Eurogas supported weakening the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) revision, by advocating for the inclusion of non-renewable low-carbon fuels, including low-carbon hydrogen in RED targets. Since 2019, Eurogas, alongside the European Biogas Association (EBA), appears to have been pushing for a binding target of 11% by 2030 for renewable and decarbonized gas usage, but does not appear to clearly specify what gases would qualify within this. In its March 2021 climate ambition statement, it added that such a target must be accompanied by a competitive internal energy market that promotes the integration and trading of low-carbon gases. Furthermore, the association supported a weakening of the EU's Energy Efficiency Directive revision, by advocating for fossil gas technologies to be utilized in the energy savings obligation.

In a June 2021 consultation response, Eurogas stated support for the EU’s 2030 GHG emission reduction target of at least 55%. While in a February 2021 legislative consultation response, Eurogas stated support for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) but with exceptions, suggesting it should only cover manufactured products and complement the current EU ETS free allowances. In the February 2021 consultation, Eurogas appeared to support the strengthening of the EU ETS to match the increased climate ambition of the EU. This was reaffirmed in Eurogas’s March 2021 climate ambition statement, where the association repeated its support for strengthening the EU ETS.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Eurogas is campaigning for the role of gas in Europe’s future energy mix, seemingly looking to defend the role of fossil gas while simultaneously promoting increased contributions from renewable and low-carbon gases. In a January 2022 joint letter, Eurogas supported a weakening of the EU Commission's proposal for the sustainable finance taxonomy by advocating for the inclusion of fossil gas. In a March 2022 SP Global article, Eurogas secretary-general James Watson supported a diversification of the European energy mix, away from Russian fossil fuels, by advocating for the addition of new liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure. The association also supported the EU’s Hydrogen and Gas Decarbonization Package with exceptions, including advocating for fossil gas and hydrogen blending, and against measures to disincentivize unabated fossil gas use in its June 2021 consultation response. However, the association did support the transition of fossil gas infrastructure for low-carbon gases in the future. In a June 2021 position paper, Eurogas called for the EU Energy Taxation Directive to support tax exemptions for renewable, decarbonized and low-carbon gases, however advocated for preferential treatment to fossil gas, enabling switching from coal to gas.

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