CEMBUREAU

InfluenceMap Score
D+
Performance Band
54%
Organisation Score
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Sector:
Materials
Head​quarters:
Brussels, Belgium
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: CEMBUREAU is strategically engaged with EU regulation, taking mixed positions on climate change policy, having evolved from predominantly negative stances since 2018. The organization takes positive positions on top line ambition such as the EU 2050 climate neutrality goal, but remains negatively engaged on key policies such as the EU Emissions Trading System.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: CEMBUREAU supported the European Green Deal and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 in the EU, in a position paper in 2020. However, in response to an EU consultation in January 2020, the association seemed to advocate for a net target, which would allow for actual emissions reductions combined with offsetting to reach carbon neutrality. In the 2019 Activity Report the President, Raoul de Parisot, supported “forward-looking and ambitious policies,” but a joint letter to the EU Commission, signed by the CEO Koen Coppenholle, seemed to stress the risk of carbon leakage and appeared to suggest that climate policy must preserve the competitiveness of industry.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: CEMBUREAU has consistently lobbied to weaken the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and, in 2021, in response to an EU consultation, the organization continued to communicate opposition to various reform measures to increase the stringency of the EU ETS, such as reducing the amount of free allocation of allowances for industry, and has not supported increasing the ambition of the ETS in light of an increased 2030 climate target. In 2021, in response to an EU consultation CEMBUREAU did not support extending the EU ETS to new sectors such as road transport and maritime, but supported creating new sector specific schemes. In a 2020 position paper the association supported the continuation of free allocation under the ETS at least until the end of Phase IV in 2030, a position which does not appear to be in line with the European Commission’s recommendations.

In response to an EU consultation in 2020, CEMBUREAU supported energy efficiency legislation, including the EU’s Renovation Wave initiative, to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, but did not seem to support incentives to renovate instead of demolish and rebuild. Furthermore, in 2020 the CEO Koen Coppenholle supported the initiative to be based on material neutrality and full life-cycle approaches, which could prevent incentives for bio-based materials and which could mean that legislation does not consider cement’s emissions-intensive production process. CEMBUREAU advocated for increasing the Renewable Energy Target in the EU in response to an EU consultation in 2021, but also promoted the inclusion of low-carbon fuels in the Renewable Energy Directive. CEMBUREAU seemed to support 2030 GHG emissions reductions targets in a position paper in May 2020 as an “intermediate goal post” to 2050, but in response to an EU consultation in April 2020 it did not seem to support increasing the 2030 Climate Target above 40%, stressing carbon leakage and the need to respect the current legal framework. The association also seemed to suggest that the 2030 Target should focus on non-ETS sectors in response to an EU consultation in June 2020.

Positioning on Energy Transition: CEMBUREAU seems to have mixed engagement with policy to support the energy transition. In a 2020 position paper, the association advocated for policies to decarbonize the cement industry and the electrification of industry with renewable electricity, but also did not support revising the Energy Taxation Directive to be aligned with the EU’s increased climate ambition. In response to an EU consultation in July 2020, the association did not seem to support phase out dates for fossil fuel heating systems, and in another 2020 EU consultation response it appeared to support a role for fossil gas in the energy mix as a transition fuel, without conditions on the use of CCS. CEMBUREAU supported legislation to increase the production of renewable hydrogen in response to an EU consultation in 2021.

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