Organisation Name
BusinessEurope
InfluenceMap Query
Energy Efficiency Standards
Data Source
CEO Messaging
 
 

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-1.55

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Not supporting energy efficiency targets

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Evidence suggests organization does not support EU 2030 energy efficiency targets, referred to here as the 'multi-target' approach, which is a reference to the EU's renewable energy, energy efficiency and GHG emissions targets (BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer, Press Release, July 2014)

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"Doing more with less is a leitmotiv within our companies. This is why the Commission is right to push for energy efficiency, but the proposed three-target approach risks, once again, being counterproductive. What companies want are immediate actions to reduce our uncompetitive energy prices in the EU. Insisting on a multi-target approach will again bring inefficiencies and additional regulatory burdens.”

Created: 13/05/2015 Last edited: 23/05/2017

 

Opposing energy efficiency targets

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Directly advocating to policy makers to oppose EU 2030 energy efficiency targets (BusinessEurope Director General, Markus Beyrer and BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia, letter to President of the European Commission Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso, 'Industrial competitiveness and the 2030 climate and energy package', January 2014)

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We understand the new set of actions for industrial competitiveness and the 2030 climate and energy package should both be published in January. [...] Ahead of important decisions giving substance to a new European approach to industrial competitiveness, it would be extremely damaging if the Commission proposed simultaneously a communication focused on how to improve our competitiveness and a climate and energy package containing measures undermining that goal. [...] When it comes to a renewed energy and climate policy, we would like to highlight the following main issues: [...] 2. The EU should move away from the three overlapping targets (C02 emissions reduction, renewable and energy efficiency) to a single 2030 C02 emissions reduction target approach implying appropriate efforts on renewable and energy efficiency. Instead of mutual reinforcement, the three overlapping targets cause inefficiencies, lead to additional regulatory burdens and increase energy prices. Industrial electricity prices have increased by 37% in the European OECD members between 2005 and 2012 while the corresponding change in the US was minus 4%

Created: 21/06/2016 Last edited: 21/06/2016

 

Opposing energy efficiency targets

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Opposing EU Parliament proposed binding 35% EU energy efficiency target (BusinessEurope, Director Markus  Beyrer, Press Release, November 2016)

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Today, the European Parliament voted on the energy efficiency proposal, one of the key building blocks of the Clean Energy Package. The Parliament adopted the EU’s energy efficiency binding target at a minimum of 35% by 2030, while the national targets shall remain indicative. BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer commented: "Realistic targets and sufficient flexibility are the main preconditions to make energy efficiency a success story in Europe. BusinessEurope warned against an increase of the ambition level beyond realistic expectations and economic sense. The 35% target risks impacting negatively the EU Emission Trading System and implies a significant increase of cost for the EU economy and consumers. We welcome the decision to maintain flexibility for Member States, at least partially, including the indicative nature of national targets. Due to differences in the EU economies, it is vital to have means to decide on the respectively right cost-effective measures. However, the position adopted today will limit some options, such as Member States’ ability to decide on excluding some sectors from savings calculations."

Created: 18/01/2018 Last edited: 31/05/2018

 

Not supporting energy efficiency targets

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Evidence suggests organization does not support EU 2030 energy efficiency targets (BusinessEurope Director General, Markus J. Beyrer, Politico, April 2014)

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But large segments of industry are very wary of additional binding targets. Industry association BusinessEurope said that a multi-target approach, rather than the single-target approach preferred by the UK, will lead to market distortions and is not cost-effective. "The Commission is right to push for energy efficiency, but the proposed three-target approach risks, once again, being counterproductive," said Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope director-general. He said the experience with the 20-20-20 targets has proven this.

Created: 29/07/2015 Last edited: 20/06/2016

 

Not supporting energy efficiency targets

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Opposing increased ambition for energy efficiency targets (BusinessEurope, Director Markus J Beyrer, Intervention at European Social Partners on the Energy Union, November 2016)

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My point of concern is on the on-going debate around the 2030 energy efficiency target.It is crystal clear that Europe needs to continue on a path of being more energy efficient. European business have greatly contributed to make Europe one of the most efficient regions in the world. It will continue to play its fair share.But moving from an indicative 27% energy efficiency target to a binding 30% target would have to be justified by a significant economic benefit and a realistic approach on the investments required. From first calculations, it seems that the Commission forecasts around 400% increase in annual energy investments, compared to what was the reality in the last decade. This would be even more amplified by moving from 27% to 30% or beyond. While we support more investments in energy efficiency, policy should be based on realistic scenarios. [...] A last point of great concern is on the impact it would have on carbon price. As negotiations on the EU ETS reform progress, it is key to make sure the system is not undermined by an overly-ambitious energy efficiency target.To sum-up, we maintain our views that an indicative 27% energy efficiency target, as part of the overall energy and climate policy design, remains the best and most cost-effective option.

Created: 09/01/2017 Last edited: 09/01/2017

 

Not supporting energy efficiency targets

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Accepting agreed EU energy efficiency targets, but appearing to oppose the possibility of more ambitious energy efficiency targets in Europe in light of UN Climate Deal (BusinessEurope, Director, Markus. J Breyrer, letters to Chair of the EU Environment Council and the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, 'BUSINESSEUROPE views on the impact of the Paris agreement on the 2030n framework for climate and energy policies' February 2016)

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While other major economies have indicated their intention to accelerate efforts to reduce emissions, the EU is by far the most ambitious even among the developed countries. [...] Against this background, the priority for the EU must be to adopt, as quickly as possible, a legislative framework for post-2020, in line with the October 2014 European Council conclusions, i.e. 40% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as a binding target and 27% share of renewable energy and 27% improvement of energy efficiency as indicative targets. Therefore, we call on you to refrain from re-opening the political debate on those targets, which represent the most ambitious climate action efforts across the planet. This is crucial to avoid undermining long-term investment security for European industries.

Created: 21/06/2016 Last edited: 12/09/2016

 

Opposing energy efficiency targets

InfluenceMap Comment:

Opposing a binding energy efficiency target beyond 27% (BusinessEurope, Director Markus J Beyrer,Press Release, November 2016)

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- Binding energy efficiency target beyond 27% risks to undermine  the EU ETS -[...] BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer said: [...] The increase of the energy efficiency ambition level to 30 per cent with binding nature weakens the EU’s efforts to strengthen the EU ETS system as the flagship of our decarbonisation goal.

Created: 23/11/2017 Last edited: 18/01/2018