Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE)

InfluenceMap Score
D+
Performance Band
52%
Organisation Score
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Sector:
All Sectors
Head​quarters:
Madrid, Spain

Climate Lobbying Overview: The Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE) appears to have taken mixed positions on climate change policy, with increasing support for some policy streams but continuing to take oppositional stances on other policies such as diesel and petrol vehicle prohibitions.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: The President has stated support for carbon neutrality by the middle of the century, but has also advocated for less ambitious decarbonization goals in Spain, arguing that they must be balanced with jobs, growth and wealth generation. The organization appears to broadly support climate policy but states that it must not affect competitiveness of companies and seems to advocate for incentivizing policies instead of regulatory measures.

In 2019, CEOE advocated to policymakers for an increased number of free allowances in the EU ETS, and the head of Industry, Energy, Climate and Environment stated support for indirect cost compensation for energy intensive industries in the emissions trading scheme. The trade association has taken a mixed approach to renewable energy legislation, advocating for more ambitious targets in 2019 in a proposal for EU Legislature between 2019-2024, but in the same document stating support for technology neutral climate policies which do not affect competitiveness. In an interview in 2019, the head of Industry, Energy, Climate and Environment expressed caution over Spain’s target of 43% renewable energy by 2030, and appears to have suggested that it was “questionable” and expressed doubt that it was really necessary.

Positioning on Energy Transition: CEOE has expressed mixed support for energy transition measures but does not appear to support strict regulatory measures or specific technology mandates. In 2020, it stated support for the transition of the energy mix, but emphasized that measures must be cost-effective. The organization in 2019 asserted that it does not support petrol and diesel vehicle prohibitions, directly opposing proposed legislation on the Balearic Islands in 2019. The group has advocated to policymakers to implement technology neutral urban mobility policies, but has also requested that the EU supports the infrastructure for the electrification of transportation in response to an EU legislation on sustainable transport. In 2019, the President stated support for the role of natural gas in Spain’s energy system, asserting that the country cannot rely only on renewables due to their unreliability.

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