RWE

InfluenceMap Score
C-
Performance Band
57%
Organisation Score
60%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Utilities
Head​quarters:
Essen, Germany
Brands and Associated Companies
RWE Innogy, RWE power

Climate Lobbying Overview: RWE appears to have taken a more progressive position on climate policy in 2020 following a sustained period of negative climate lobbying in Europe from 2015-19. In 2020, RWE has stated its support for ambitious policy action at EU level including measures to increase the effectiveness of the EU ETS, the 2030 GHG target, and renewable energy mechanisms. However, despite top-line support for the energy transition, evidence suggests continued opposition to coal phase-out plans in Europe in 2017-21.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: In 2020, RWE has expressed its support for the Paris Agreement and for ambitious climate action under the EU Green Deal and its net zero by 2050 target. In December 2020, as part of the European Corporate Leaders Group, RWE Renewables CEO Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath also called for “the right policy framework” to advance climate protection and economic prosperity. However, the company does not clearly state what form of climate regulation it supports.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: RWE has actively engaged on market-based regulation, particularly the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). In its 2019 Sustainability Report, the company stated that it proactively supported the introduction of a market stabilization reserve for the EU ETS and a more ambitious reduction trajectory for CO2 by 2030. In April 2020, the company also stated that it supported a “steeper reduction path” for the EU ETS. In November 2020, RWE directly lobbied the UK government to support a post-Brexit UK ETS, although it rejected the introduction of a carbon tax.

RWE’s engagement with other forms of climate regulation appears to have become more positive in 2020. The company has previously lobbied against ambitious GHG emissions legislation, for example Germany’s 2020 GHG target in 2018 and the EU’s 550g emissions standard for the capacity market in 2017. In 2020, however, RWE has stated its support for an increase in the EU’s 2030 GHG emission reduction target to 50-55%. In two submissions to the European Commission in 2020, RWE has also supported the EU Financing Mechanism for Renewables and the Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy to increase the uptake of renewables in the energy mix.

Positioning on Energy Transition: RWE also appears to have taken a more positive position on the energy transition in 2020. In 2017-2019, the company strongly opposed the phase-out of coal in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany, labelling Germany’s phase-out date of 2038 “far too early” in January 2019. In February 2021, RWE filed a lawsuit to seek compensation for the Dutch Government's plans to phase-out coal by 2030. However, RWE appears to have softened its approach on the coal phase-out in Germany. In July 2020, CEO Rolf Schmitz called for the German Coal Phase-out Act to be ratified quickly to provide legal certainty and handle job losses.

In its 2020 corporate reporting, RWE has also stated its support for the decarbonization of the energy sector, the expansion of renewable energy, and the development of green hydrogen production. In November 2020, RWE stated its support for LNG as a “bridging technology” but without clear conditions related to CCS, methane emissions, or a timeline for phase-out.

Industry Association Governance: RWE discloses its industry association memberships and has also published a review of the company’s alignment with their positions on climate change. However, this review did not disclose any details on the climate positions and influencing activities of its industry associations, nor did it disclose a framework for addressing potential cases of misalignment. The company found no cases of misalignment with its industry associations, which appears to overlook the negative lobbying activities of several industry associations including Federation of German Industries (BDI), BusinessEurope and Euracoal.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
2 2 NS NS NS NS NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
0 1 NA 1 0 -1 NS NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
1 1 NS NS 1 0 NS NA
Support of UN Climate Process
1 1 NS 0 0 1 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA -1 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
-1 NS NS -2 -2 -2 NS NA
Emissions Trading
1 1 1 1 1 1 NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
1 NS 0 2 -2 -2 NS NA
Renewable Energy
0 1 1 1 0 -1 NS NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
0 0 NS NS -1 0 -2 NA
GHG Emission Regulation
1 2 2 0 0 -1 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
1 NS -1 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
50%
 
50%
 
59%
 
59%
 
67%
 
67%
 
39%
 
39%
 
73%
 
73%
 
46%
 
46%
 
83%
 
83%
 
41%
 
41%

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.