Climate Change


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Brussels, Belgium

BusinessEurope appears to have active and obstructive engagement with the main strands of climate change policy and regulation in Europe. Despite stating strong support for the UN Climate Treaty in 2015, in 2014, BusinessEurope's Director-General Markus Beyrer warned against ambitious action by the EU in the lead up to COP21 and, in 2016, considering the implementation of the deal, Markus Beyrer has repeated his concerns about the business impact of increased climate ambitions, appealing to EU policy chiefs not to re-open political debate on the EU's climate targets. Although BusinessEurope supports the EU ETS as the main EU climate change policy and regulations instrument, it has seemingly worked to oppose numerous attempts by EU policy makers to increase effectiveness of the scheme. In 2013, BusinessEurope directly opposed the practice of back-loading and in 2015 the organization pushed for a delayed implementation of structural reforms such as the Market Stability Reserve, further demanding that any changes include measures that appear to be inconsistent with the ambition of reform, such as increased allocation of free emission permits available for energy intensive industry. BusinessEurope has also directly opposed EU 2030 energy efficiency and renewable energy targets as well as EU renewable energy subsidies and has pushed for a single EU GHG emissions target. In January 2014, in a letter to the then President of the European Commission, BusinessEurope Director General Markus Beyrer and President Emma Marcegaglia warned that it would be "extremely damaging" if the 2030 climate and energy package contained measures that might undermine industrial competitiveness. The letter continued to repeat BusinessEurope's opposition to separate renewable energy and energy efficiency targets and advised that "The appropriate level of ambition of the EU's C02 emissions reduction target by 2030 needs to be fixed with great caution." In October 2014, the Director General seems to have suggested the 40% target was too high and should be reassessed. Although in 2015 BusinessEurope advocated for the removal of fossil fuel subsidies in an open letter, they appear to have stated support for the continued use of high GHG emission energy sources and Director General Markus Beyrer appears to have stated opposition to the EU Fuel Quality Directive.

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Climate Science Transparency NS NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Climate Science Stance -1 NS NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
Need for climate regulations NA NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
UN Treaty Support 1 1 NA 0 NS 0 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation 1 NA NA NA NA NA NA NS
Emissions Trading -1 -1 NA -1 -2 -1 NA NA
Energy Efficiency Standards -2 -1 NA -1 NS -1 NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -2 -2 NA -1 NS -1 NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix -2 0 NA -1 NS -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards -1 -2 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 2 NS NA NA NA NA NA NS