Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE)

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Brussels, Belgium
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) appears to be actively engaged with climate policy in Europe with mixed positions. Despite positive top-line communications on climate action, the association’s advocacy on specific climate policy is mixed. GIE’s comments on the energy transition appear to be generally negative, as the organization continues to promote the role of fossil gas in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: GIE’s top-line messaging on climate policy appears to be mixed. In April 2021 on social media, the association stated support for the EU Green Deal’s targets, and supported the EU’s carbon neutrality target for 2050 in an October 2020 consultation response. GIE appears to have a negative position on the need for climate change regulation. In a March 2021 EU consultation response, GIE emphasized the risk of loss of investor confidence to support limited climate change regulation. In an October 2021 press release, the association also suggested EU climate legislation should be predominantly market-based and technology-neutral.GIE has not explicitly supported the Paris Agreement in 2020-22, but in a 2019 position paper stated support for the UN Paris Agreement objectives.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: GIE appears to have mixed positions on European climate regulation. The association supported the EU’s Methane Rules for the energy sector with major exceptions in a December 2021 press release, by advocating against the use of prescriptive measures to reduce methane emissions. In a November 2021 consultation response, GIE appears to state high-level support for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), describing it as key for decarbonization in Europe. However, the association appears to support a weakening of the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive revision, by advocating for fossil gas technologies to play a role in a technology-neutral approach in its November 2021 consultation response.

In a March 2021 press release as part of the European Net Zero Alliance, GIE appeared to support the achievement of the EU’s 2030 GHG emission reduction target. While GIE has supported increasing the 2030 renewable energy target within the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) revision, the association advocated to weaken the policy by supporting the inclusion of non-renewable low-carbon fuels in its November 2021 consultation response. Furthermore, GIE has also repeatedly advocated against the additionality principle, a requirement for renewable energy needed for green hydrogen production to be additional to renewable electricity, within the Delegated Act on Renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBOs), for example GIE’s secretary general stating this in a December 2021 press release.

Positioning on Energy Transition: GIE appears to be negatively engaged on the energy transition, and is supportive of a long-term role for fossil gas in the energy mix. In a January 2022 joint letter, GIE supported a weakening of the EU Commission's proposal for the sustainable finance taxonomy by advocating for the inclusion of fossil gas. The association is also supportive of liquefied natural gas (LNG), most recently supporting the use of LNG imports to diversify the European energy mix on social media in March 2022. The organization supported the EU’s Hydrogen and Gas Decarbonization Package with major exceptions, advocating for fossil gas and hydrogen blending, and not supporting measures to disincentivize unabated fossil gas use in its June 2021 consultation response. The organization supported a weakening of the EU’s TEN-E regulation by advocating for gas projects, that are currently excluded, to be re-included in the Projects of Common Interest (PCI) list in a December 2020 position paper. Furthermore, in its June 2020 consultation on the EU’s Hydrogen Strategy, it supported the inclusion of gas and hydrogen projects in the TEN-E regulation without placing clear conditions on CCS or methane emissions abatement.

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