BusinessEurope

InfluenceMap Score
E+
Performance Band
40%
Organisation Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
All Sectors
Head​quarters:
Brussels, Belgium

Climate Lobbying Overview: BusinessEurope has predominantly opposed EU climate policy ambition since 2015, and, despite some increased positive communication concerning the transition of the energy mix in 2020, appears to continue to lobby against various aspects of increased climate policy stringency proposed under the EU's Green Deal.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: BusinessEurope appears to be supportive of net-zero emissions in the EU, but associates this with a timeline of “around mid-century”, rather than by 2050 specifically, in feedback on the 2030 Climate Target Impact Assessment in 2020. In September 2018, a leaked internal memo from BusinessEurope laid out a proposal for continued opposition to an increase in ambition with regards to the 2030 EU climate policy framework. Despite this, a 2019 position paper on the EU's climate strategy states support for long-term EU ambition towards 'net-zero emissions' depending on a number of conditions being met. BusinessEurope seems to support government policies to respond to climate change but tends to emphasize that they must support competitiveness. In 2020 BusinessEurope requested in a letter to EU VicePresident Timmermans that the deadline for non-essential environment and climate-related consultations and regulations be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: BusinessEurope does not appear to support raising the ambition of the EU’s 2030 Climate Target to 55% as the Director General Markus J. Beyrer suggested in 2020 that 2030 is too early for nascent technologies to be rolled out commercially, stressing that the plan must be cost-effective. BusinessEurope also seems to have raised concerns regarding the impact assessment on which the target is based in a position paper in 2020. Since 2015, BusinessEurope has actively lobbied against ambitious reforms to the European Emission Trading Scheme and has supported the continued allocation of free emission permits to industry. In 2019, BusinessEurope confirmed that this is its preferred measure for safeguarding industry competitiveness. In 2020, in feedback on the EU's proposal for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, the organization stated preference for global action but in the case of a mechanism being introduced, supported the measure only as a supplement to the carbon leakage protection measures in the ETS, free allocation of allowances.

BusinessEurope appears to support renewable energy policy with major exceptions, advocating for a market-based approach wherein all energy sources are on “equal footing” in 2018 in a position paper on Electricity Market Regulation.

Positioning on Energy Transition: In 2019, BusinessEurope communicated support for a number of broad measures to incentivize low carbon technology uptake in sectors including buildings, transport and industry in a position paper on EU Climate and Energy Strategy. In feedback on a public consultation on ETS state aid guidelines in 2020 the association advocated for the electrification of energy-intensive industries and the decarbonization of the energy sector.

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