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Climate Lobbying Overview: BusinessEurope is highly engaged with climate-relevant policy in Europe. Despite some increasing positivity in the organization’s communications on high-level climate ambition and policy to incentivize low-carbon technologies, BusinessEurope appears to remain predominately opposed to efforts to increase regulatory stringency across a range of EU climate policy streams.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: BusinessEurope appears to be supportive of net-zero emissions in the EU, but has predominantly associated this with a timeline of “around mid-century” in its communications, rather than by 2050 specifically. The association’s messaging on this point does appear to have varied in 2021; in a consultation response to the EU Commission in February 2021 BusinessEurope appeared to shift to support climate neutrality by 2050, but in March 2021 in a newsletter BusinessEurope reverted to communicating support for a timeline of around mid-century. BusinessEurope has stated support for government policies to respond to climate change but tends to emphasize that they must also support competitiveness, suggesting that policymakers should avoid “over-regulation” in the EU’s current approach to the Green Deal in a letter to the European Council in March 2021.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: BusinessEurope did not appear to support raising the EU’s 2030 GHG emission reduction target to 55%, with Director General Markus J. Beyrer suggesting in 2020 that 2030 is too early for nascent technologies to be rolled out commercially, and stressing that the plan must be cost-effective. In a 2020 position paper, BusinessEurope also raised concerns regarding the impact assessment for the new target.

BusinessEurope has not supported reforms to increase the carbon price and stringency of the European Emissions Trading System, for example in in consultation with the EU Commission in February 2021. However, in parallel, the association has advocated support for the ETS over other regulations, for example opposing expanding the Industrial Emissions Directive to regulate GHG emissions from industrial installations in March 2021. In 2020, in feedback on the EU's proposal for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), BusinessEurope stated a preference for a global carbon price, but, in the case of a mechanism being introduced, supported the measure only as a supplement to the carbon leakage protection measures in the EU ETS (e.g. free allocation of allowances). A press release in March 2021 updated this position to acknowledge ETS carbon leakage protections could be phased out in the future if the CBAM proves its effectiveness.

In a February 2021 position paper, BusinessEurope stated support for an ambitious but stable policy framework for renewable energy in Europe, stressing that the Renewable Energy Directive was revised recently and appearing not to support increasing renewable energy targets for member states. In a position paper in February 2021, BusinessEurope supported energy efficiency legislation in buildings, e.g. the EU Energy Performance for Buildings Directive, but stressed concerns that overambitious energy efficiency targets across the economy might mean caps on energy usage in the industrial sector. In a position paper in March 2021, the organization appears to have opposed including legally binding rules on energy efficiency in the Industrial Emissions Directive

Positioning on Energy Transition: BusinessEurope has conveyed support for measures to incentivize low carbon technology uptake in sectors including buildings, transport and industry, for example, in a position paper on the EU’s Climate and Energy Strategy in 2019. In response to a public consultation on ETS state aid guidelines in 2020, BusinessEurope communicated support for the electrification of energy-intensive industries and decarbonization of the energy sector, and in a further position paper in 2021, the association supported measures to incentivize the decarbonization of road transportation. However, evidence suggests the organization is opposed to more stringent regulatory measures to facilitate the energy transition. In a 2020 consultation response, BusinessEurope appeared not to support reforming taxation measures in favour of the energy transition, proposing that current energy taxation exemptions for fossil fuels should be maintained under the Energy Taxation Directive. Similarly, in a March 2021 paper on transport decarbonization, BusinessEurope strongly opposed a fuel tax for aviation.

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Communication of Climate Science
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
0 0 NA 0 NS 0 NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
0 -1 NA 0 -2 0 NA
Support of UN Climate Process
1 1 NA 1 1 1 NA
Transparency on Legislation
Carbon Tax
0 -1 NA -1 0 -1 NA
Emissions Trading
0 -1 NA -1 -1 -1 NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
0 -2 NA 0 NS -1 NA
Renewable Energy
-1 NS NA -1 NS -1 NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
0 0 NA 0 NS 0 NA
GHG Emission Regulation
-1 1 NA -1 -1 -1 NA
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