Climate Change


Brands and Associated Companies RWE Innogy RWE power
InfluenceMap Score
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Essen, Germany
Brands and Associated Companies
RWE Innogy, RWE power

RWE is lobbying a number of energy and climate policies, with mostly negative engagement, although recent evidence suggests an evolving position on certain policies. In consultation with EU policy makers in 2013, RWE appears to have emphasised the need for affordable GHG reduction measures over the urgent need to mitigate climate change. However, in 2016 RWE welcomed the Paris Agreement and stated support for GHG emission reductions in line with keeping global temperature increase to below 2 °C. RWE also supports reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to increase the carbon price, including the Market Stability Reserve. However, the company appears to support the ETS, at the expense of other EU climate policies. RWE lobbied against EU energy targets and renewable subsidies in 2014 and 2015 through its involvement in the Magritte Group. However, a 2016 consultation response from RWE suggests some support for renewable energy support schemes, providing that these are at an EU and not national level. In Germany, it lobbied to weaken German 2020 CO2 reduction targets in 2015 and also appears to have opposed a Climate Change Levy. In the UK, RWE has opposed GHG emissions targets and opposed the UK Carbon Price Floor although strongly supported energy efficiency standards. RWE’s communications suggest it is generally unsupportive of a low-carbon transition. It has advocated for a sustained role for coal in the energy mix and CEO Peter Terium has described the expansion of the renewable sector as “a problem for coal and gas”. Despite this, Innogy, a RWE subsidiary, appears to support the electrification of transport and a low-carbon transition. RWE has membership in a number of trade associations with significantly more positive positions on EU climate change policy, including IETA and SolarPower Europe. However, it is also a member of the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI), who are actively engaged in lobbying against strands of German climate change legislation.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 2 2 NS NS NS NS NS NA
Climate Science Stance 0 2 NA -1 -1 NS NS NA
Need for climate regulations NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
UN Treaty Support 0 1 0 0 0 NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation 0 NA -1 NA NA NA NS 1
Carbon Tax -1 NS NS -2 -2 -2 -2 NA
Emissions Trading 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 NA
Energy Efficiency Standards 0 NS 0 2 -2 -2 NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -1 0 NS 0 -1 -1 -1 NA
Energy Policy and Mix -1 0 NS NS 0 -1 -2 NA
GHG Emission Standards 0 1 NS 0 0 -1 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships -2 NS -1 NA NA NA NS 2
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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.