Federation of German Industries (BDI)

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Berlin , Germany

The Federation of German Industries (BDI) is lobbying against climate change policy ambition in Germany and Europe. BDI advocated in favour of a binding UN Climate Treaty at COP21 and has communicated support for a 40% EU 2030 GHG emission target. However, in reaction to the US exit from the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017, BDI warned against any increased climate ambition in Europe. In 2016, BDI lobbied to block a proposed 2030 55% emissions reduction plan in Germany and, in 2017, opposed 80-95% German emission reduction targets for 2050. BDI also appears not to have supported renewable energy legislation in Germany, including feed-in tariffs in 2013 and the EGG levy in 2016, which it has labelled “a serious competitive disadvantage for German companies.” Despite stating support for a global emissions trading scheme in 2015, BDI does not appear to support ambitious emissions trading policy in the EU ETS. In 2017, BDI joined calls with French business federation, MEDEF, against national carbon tax policies to raise the price on carbon. Although BDI has stated support for phasing out ‘inefficient’ fossil fuel subsidies, in 2015 it opposed the proposed introduction of a carbon tax on coal plants in Germany and, in 2017, has continued to advocate against efforts to speed the phase out coal in the German energy mix.

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