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BusinessEurope has been active in its opposition to the ambition of EU climate policy. It has stated support for the Paris Agreement and, in 2017, has continued to support progress with its implementation. However, BusinessEurope's Director-General Markus Beyrer opposed ambitious climate action EU prior to a global agreement in 2016, appealing to EU policy chiefs not to re-open political debate on the EU's climate targets, stressing concerns about the negative impact on European business. Although BusinessEurope promotes the EU ETS as the main EU climate change policy instrument, it has continuously lobbied against attempts by EU policy makers to increase its ambition and effectiveness, whilst demanding measures inconsistent with the ambition of reform, such as increased allocation of free emission permits for energy intensive industry. BusinessEurope has directly opposed increasing the ambition of 2030 energy efficiency targets in 2016, as well as opposing separate binding energy efficiency and renewable energy targets in general, instead pushing for a single EU GHG emissions target. In a 2016 speech its Director-General Markus Beyrer supported a unified European approach for capacity mechanisms, although opposed emission performance standards to ensure coal capacity does not participate in the resulting capacity markets.

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 Regulation NA NS NA NS -2 NS NA NA
UN Treaty Support 1 1 NA 0 1 1 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation 0 NA NA NA NA NA NA NS
Emissions Trading 0 0 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
Energy Efficiency Standards -1 -1 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -1 -2 NA -1 NS -1 NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix 0 0 NA -1 NS 0 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards -1 -2 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 2 NS NA NA NA NA NA NS
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS