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Brussels , Belguim

FuelsEurope is negatively lobbying EU climate change policy. Despite stating support for the Paris Agreement in 2015, FuelsEurope has stressed carbon leakage concerns to warn against EU climate ambition. In a 2018 consultation with the European Commission on increasing the EU’s contribution to global GHG emission reductions, FuelsEurope argued that Europe should not focus on “ever-higher unilateral targets”. While appearing to support the EU ETS as an alternative to other climate policies, FuelsEurope has not supported reforms to raise its carbon price. In 2016-17, FuelsEurope communicated opposition to an import inclusion mechanism and free allowance reductions related to the scheme. Throughout 2018 the organisation engaged EU policymakers to secure continued compensation for the refinery sector for costs related to the scheme. FuelsEurope has communicated opposition to binding environmental targets, including EU energy efficiency targets and has supported a transport exemption from the EU energy efficiency obligation scheme. FuelsEurope has previously opposed renewable energy legislation, advocating against both the binding 27% EU 2030 renewable energy target and renewable subsidies in 2014-16 consultation responses. Since then, the organisation has supported a closer alignment between EU renewable energy policy and transport policy. In 2017, the group appears to have been more accepting of a EU-wide renewable energy target of 27%, focusing on promoting the role that renewable fuels can play in achieving it, although not specifying a position on proposals to raise this target and arguing that any target should be realistic and flexible. Between 2016-2018, FuelsEurope has been critical of increasing EU vehicle GHG emission standards arguing that this “risks misleading the car industry into premature electrification ” and neglects the “potential for further efficiency improvements in conventional vehicles”. In 2018, the organisation has proposed changes to the policy to give vehicle producers extra compliance credits to count towards CO2 reduction targets if renewable fuels are used. FuelsEurope opposes policy promoting the electrification of transportation and its CEO, John Cooper, has criticized electric vehicles as “a route to much more expensive fuels in transport.” FuelsEurope directly engaged the EU Commission in 2017 to oppose a proposal for zero-carbon vehicle sales mandates, as well as EV subsidies.

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 NA NA
Climate Science Stance -2 0 NA -1 NS -1 NA NA
Need for Climate Regulation 0 -1 NA 0 NS NS NA NA
UN Treaty Support -1 0 NA NS NS 1 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation 2 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax -1 NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Emissions Trading -1 -1 NA -1 0 -1 NA NA
Energy Efficiency Standards 0 0 NA 0 -2 NS NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation 0 0 NA -1 0 -1 NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix 0 0 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards 0 0 NA 0 0 -1 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 0 NS NA NA NA NA NA NA
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS