Eurogas

InfluenceMap Score
C-
Performance Band
60%
Organisation Score
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Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Brussels , Belgium
Official Web Site:
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Eurogas appears to have mixed engagement with climate-related regulation, 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 the continued role that natural gas should play in the energy transition.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Eurogas appears to clearly recognize the need for drastic action in the face of climate change. In its 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 neutrality targets. In a 2020 joint letter to the EU commission and representatives from a gas coalition that Eurogas was a signatory of, the coalition called upon EU institutions and national governments to continue to support the EU climate neutrality target in 2050 and fully support the recent call by thirteen EU climate and environment ministers to place the European Green Deal at the heart of the EU’s recovery plan.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Eurogas’s engagement with climate-related regulations appears to be mixed. In both its responses to the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism roadmap in 2020 and updating the EU ETS consultation in 2021, Eurogas states its support for a CBAM but with major exceptions, suggesting the CBAM should only cover manufactured products and complement the EU ETS free allowances. On the other hand, in the same 2021 consultation, Eurogas appears to support the strengthening of the EU ETS to match the increased climate ambition of the EU. This was reaffirmed in Eurogas’s 2021 climate ambition statement, where Eurogas repeated its support for strengthening and widening the scope of the EU ETS, however Eurogas has called on the ‘the advantages of alternative sources such as renewable and decarbonized gases are recognized’ by the EU ETS without specifying their source. Since 2019, Eurogas appears to have been pushing for a binding target for renewable and decarbonized gas usage to be 11% by 2030 but does not clarify the origin of eligible gasses, however in its 2021 climate ambition statement it added that such a target must be accompanied by a competitive internal energy market promotes the integration and trading of low-carbon gases. Eurogas also appears to support a GHG emission reduction target of 20% by 2030 compared to 2018 levels, but this pathway appears to suggest a continued role for natural gas.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Eurogas are repeatedly lobbying the EU commission for the role of natural gas to be recognized as part of the energy transition. In 2019 Eurogas appeared to suggest that natural gas and blue hydrogen production should be included in the EU Sustainable Finance framework while advocating for blending new gases with natural gas. In 2020, Eurogas stated that ‘gas – natural, renewable and decarbonised – must be part of the solution’ while in 2021 it called for hydrogen blending with natural gas to be recognized as an enabler to the hydrogen economy. In 2019, in a response to the EU’s TEG report on the EU taxonomy, the association advocated for gas and gas infrastructure to be recognized as a sustainable activity as part of the EU taxonomy and in March 2021, Eurogas repeated this position, stating how ‘transitional activities could be classed as sustainable activities’ in the classifications. In 2020, Eurogas responded to the EU’s Hydrogen Strategy Roadmap in which it advocated for the inclusion of renewable and decarbonized gasses without specifying their source while in the same year, in its response to the EU’s Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy, it advocated that this should occur with blending with other renewable and decarbonized gasses, again not specifying their origin.

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