Climate Change


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Brussels , Belguim

FuelsEurope is actively and negatively lobbying various EU climate change policies. Despite stating support for the Paris Agreement in 2015, FuelsEurope has continued to stress carbon leakage concerns to thwart EU climate ambitions. While appearing to only support the EU ETS as an alternative to other climate policies, FuelsEurope has continuously opposed reforms to raise its carbon price, advocating against the Cross-Sectoral Correction Factor and the banking of surplus allowances in 2014-15 consultation responses. Furthermore, in 2016-17 FuelsEurope has communicated opposition to an import inclusion mechanism and further free allowance reductions. Additionally, FuelsEurope appears to oppose renewable energy legislation, advocating against both the binding 27% EU 2030 renewable energy target and renewable subsidies in 2014-16 consultation replies, in addition to evidence suggesting positions against the EU biofuels target and renewable fuel mandate for vehicles. FuelsEurope has communicated general opposition to binding environmental targets, including EU energy efficiency targets, supporting a transport exemption from the EU energy efficiency obligation scheme. However, FuelsEurope appears to support limited vehicle energy efficiency targets. Evidence further suggests opposition to a binding 40% EU GHG emissions target, the Fuels Quality Directive and ambitious GHG vehicle emissions standards. FuelsEurope is a prominent opponent of the electrification of transportation, with its CEO, John Cooper, criticising electric vehicles as ‘a route to much more expensive fuels in transport’. 2016-17 communications have advocated against electric vehicles as expensive, unpopular and reliant on subsidies and opposed a rapid fossil fuel phase out in transport.

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