Climate Change


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Brussels, Belgium

BusinessEurope is actively and negatively lobbying EU climate change policy. Despite stating support for the Paris Agreement in 2015, in 2014, BusinessEurope's Director-General Markus Beyrer warned against ambitious action by the EU ahead of COP21 and, in 2016 he reiterated 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 instrument, it lobbied against numerous attempts by EU policy makers to increase its effectiveness, such as the inclusion of aviation in the scheme post 2020. Between 2015 and 2017, BusinessEurope lobbied for a delayed implementation of structural reforms such as the Market Stability Reserve, demanding that any changes include measures inconsistent with the ambition of reform, such as increased allocation of free emission permits for energy intensive industry. BusinessEurope has opposed ambitious 2030 energy efficiency in 2016, and renewable energy targets, pushing for a single EU GHG emissions target. In a 2016 speech at the Energy Union, Director-General has supported a unified European approach for capacity mechanisms, which should be a measure of last resort. Although in 2015 BusinessEurope advocated for the removal of fossil fuel subsidies, they appear to have supported the continued use of high GHG emission energy sources and Director-General appears to have stated opposition to the EU Fuel Quality Directive.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
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 -1 -1 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -2 -2 NA -1 NS -1 NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix 0 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