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Climate Lobbying Overview: GasNaturally appears to be actively engaged on EU climate policy, with mixed positions. The company’s engagement on the energy transition seems to be generally negative, including advocating for fossil gas to have a greater role in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: GasNaturally has limited, but broadly supportive, top-line communications on climate policy. The association stated support for the EU’s 2050 carbon neutrality target and the UN Paris Agreement in an October 2021 press release. The organization has released limited positions on the need for climate regulations in 2020-22, but in a 2018 position paper, it appeared to be supportive of the need for climate change regulation, stating its support for carbon pricing policies.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: GasNaturally has lobbied on several EU climate-related regulations with mixed positions. In a December 2021 press release, GasNaturally President Dawn Summers stated support for the EU’s Methane Rules for the energy sector, however advocated against the use of prescriptive measures to achieve methane emission reductions. In a May 2021 joint letter and in its September 2020 consultation response on the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED), GasNaturally appeared to support the RED but advocated for the inclusion of targets for decarbonized, renewable and low-carbon gases without clearly specifying what it includes in these terms, or the extent to which CCS will accompany them. In consultation responses on the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive in September 2020 and Renovation Wave in July 2020, the association appeared to show support for the policies but suggested a greater role for fossil gas, whilst maintaining the approach should be technologically neutral.

Positioning on Energy Transition: GasNaturally appears to be negatively engaged on the energy transition and has consistently advocated for the inclusion of fossil gas, blue hydrogen, and the blending of fossil gas and hydrogen in EU policy. GasNaturally President Dawn Summers supported a weakening of the EU Commission’s proposal for the sustainable finance taxonomy by including fossil gas in a February 2022 press release. GasNaturally has consistently supported the long-term role of unabated fossil gas in the energy mix. For example, in a May 2021 email chain with Cabinet of the Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, accessed via a Freedom of Information request, GasNaturally President Dawn Summers appeared to advocate for greater recognition for fossil gas in the energy transition. Additionally, in a March 2022 position paper, the association supported a diversification of the European energy mix by supporting an increase in domestically produced fossil gas and new liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure.

Furthermore, in a March 2022 position paper, GasNaturally supported the EU’s Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation with major exceptions, including advocating for more support for LNG and compressed natural gas (CNG) infrastructure in the long-term. In a December 2021 press release, GasNaturally supported the EU’s Hydrogen and Gas Decarbonization Package with exceptions. Despite supporting a role for renewable and low-carbon gases, the association advocated for a continued role of fossil gas in the energy mix. In May 2021, the association signed a 2020 joint letter to European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans that seemed to support the inclusion of blue hydrogen in the EU’s Hydrogen Strategy.