Federation of French Industry (MEDEF)

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Paris, France

MEDEF appears to be lobbying on climate policy in France with predominately negative positions. MEDEF declared support for the Paris Agreement in 2015 and, in 2017, voiced opposition to the US withdrawal. However, between 2015-2017 MEDEF has advocated against ambition at the French and European levels, stressing that emission reductions should not impact industrial competitiveness and appearing to support a voluntary, business-led response to climate change, rather than the need for regulation. In 2017, MEDEF President Pierre Gattaz has stated support for the EU ETS reform process and the creation of a ‘predictable price signal’ in Europe. However, MEDEF advocated to EU policy makers against EU ETS ambition in 2013-2015, pushing for increased free emission allowances for industry. In 2017, President Pierre Gattaz has vocally opposed national policy attempts in France and German to raise the price on carbon. MEDEF has advocated in favour of a single GHG emission target, both in France and at the EU level, seemingly not supporting multiple targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency. In 2015, MEDEF declared support for the phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies at COP21. However, the organisation appears to have opposed the implementation of the French energy transition law in France in 2015 and has reportedly pushed for increased unconventional gas exploitation.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency 2 2 NA NS NS NS NA NA
Climate Science Stance 0 1 NA -1 -2 -1 NA NA
Need for Climate Regulation 0 NS NA NS -1 NS NA NA
UN Treaty Support 1 2 NS -1 1 1 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation 0 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax -1 -2 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
Emissions Trading 0 0 NA 0 -1 0 NA NA
Energy Efficiency Standards 0 NS NA -2 -1 -2 NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation 0 0 NA -2 -1 NS NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix 0 0 NA -1 0 -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards -1 -1 NA -1 -1 -2 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 0 NS NA NA NA NA NA NA
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS