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Eurelectric expresses support for the EU Fit for 55 package

05 August 2022

In a LinkedIn article published by Eurelectric on 15th July, the industry association expressed its support for the EU Fit for 55 package, specifically welcoming the revision of the EU Renewable Energy Directive.

Hydrogen Europe appears supportive of EU climate policy

05 July 2022

In a 27th June press release, Hydrogen Europe welcomed the European Parliament position on the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). The association supported the EU ETS extension into the maritime and aviation sectors, and a new scheme for the buildings and transport sectors. It also advocated for coverage of the hydrogen sector in the system. Hydrogen Europe also appeared to support the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) proposal from the EU Parliament. The group supported the gradual phase out of free allowances from the EU ETS, without specifying a timeline. However, it also called for rebates for exporters by emphasizing risk of carbon leakage. Finally, CEO Jorgo Chatzimarkakis advocated for higher sectoral sub-targets and targets for renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBOs) in the EU Renewable Energy Directive revision, following the EU Council’s position on the policy.

Hydrogen Europe supports weakening of EU Renewable Energy Directive

09 June 2022

Industry association Hydrogen Europe appeared to support a weakening of the Delegated Acts in the EU Renewable Energy Directive. The group supported including a grandfathering clause to delay stricter guidelines for renewable hydrogen projects until 2027, and did not support strict temporal correlation guidelines in a 24th May position paper.

ERT supports EU renewable energy and energy efficiency regulations

18 May 2022

In a 12th May statement, the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) communicated high-level support for the EU's Renewable Energy Directive and other renewable energy incentives, including power purchase agreements. In the same statement, ERT supported an acceleration of energy efficiency initiatives, and for a number of measures to strengthen the proposed Energy Efficiency Directive.

CEMBUREAU unsupportive EU Renewable Energy Directive reform

09 March 2022

On the 25th February, CEMBUREAU published a position paper arguing against a reform of the Renewable Energy Directive to remove exemptions for waste biomass from GHG saving criteria, advocating that the cement industry uses waste biomass to replace fossil fuels in the production process.

ERT support the EU's Renewable Energy Directives

14 January 2022

In a December 2021 report, the European Round Table for Industry appeared to support the Renewable Energy Directive with minor exceptions, supporting guarantees of origin without clearly stating just for renewable hydrogen, and advocating for a large range of feedstocks to be compatible in the directive.

BusinessEurope has mixed position on EU climate legislations

03 December 2021

BusinessEurope released a position paper on the Fit for 55 package, which supported the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive with major exceptions regarding the implementation of binding targets and the inclusion of bioenergy. It did not support several reforms to the Energy Efficiency Directive as it was unsupportive of the increase in energy savings obligations and excluding the direct use of fossil fuels to achieve energy savings.

Eurelectric supports the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, but has expressed some concerns

17 November 2021

Eurelectric released a reaction paper to the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive revision, in which the group stated support for higher ambition in the 2030 targets. However, the association highlighted concerns with the implementation of the additionally principle, geographical and temporal correlation, and the repeated strengthening of biomass sustainability criteria.

Hydrogen Europe support weakening of Delegated Act within EU Renewable Energy Directive advocating for inclusion of fossil-based hydrogen

28 October 2021

Hydrogen Europe’s CEO Jorgo Chatzimarkakis appeared to support a weakening of the EU Renewable Energy Directive’s Delegated Act on renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBOs) in a LinkedIn post. In which he claimed to support the additionality principle, the separation of renewable electricity deployment for renewable hydrogen from other renewable energy targets, but stated its implementation would harm renewable hydrogen production. The post also advocated for the EU Commission to not discriminate against fossil-fuel produced hydrogen.

European industry associations advocate to weaken the EU's delegated act on RFNBOs

19 July 2022

Several European industry associations including Hydrogen Europe, Eurogas, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), and the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), released a 15th July joint statement. In which, theu advocated for the weakening of the requirements for renewable hydrogen in the Delegated Act on Renewable Fuels of Non-Biological Origin (RFNBOs) within the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive revision. It called to extend a grandfathering clause, proposed by the European Commission to delay strict additionality requirements until 2027, to 2030, and advocated to weaken geographical and temporal correlation requirements on renewable hydrogen. Signatories

Hydrogen Europe supports weakening the EU Renewable Energy Directive

30 June 2022

A 21st June Argus Media article reported that industry association Hydrogen Europe supported weakening the EU Commission's proposal for the Renewable Energy Directive, by supporting less ambitious thresholds for renewable hydrogen.

Eurofer supports weakening RED and EED

27 May 2022

In a position paper published on 19th May, Eurofer advocated to weaken the reform of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) by supporting the inclusion of recycled carbon fuels and advocating for more flexible additionality criteria. The association also did not support proposed GHG emission standards for cogeneration in the Energy Efficiency Directive reform.

Air Liquide supports long-term role for ICE vehicles

04 May 2022

An open letter to EU policymakers on 19th April, initiated by Air Liquide's Head of Innovation Dr. Armin Günther, supported a long-term role for internal combustion engine vehicles in the EU, advocating for EU policies (including the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation, the Energy Taxation Directive, CO2 Standards for Light and Heavy Duty Vehicles and the Renewable Energy Directive) to support e-fuels and hydrogen over the electrification of transportation. The letter stated that “electromobility will in all likelihood not lead to any significant greenhouse gas reductions in the period up to 2030, which is crucial for the long-term success or failure of climate protection. In particular to, the high CO2 emissions caused by the construction of batteries, the high share of fossil fuels in power generation that will still exist for a long time and the enormous expense for the charging infrastructure.”

Hydrogen Europe opposed additionality principle in RED revision

01 March 2022

On the 24th February, in Recharge News, Hydrogen Europe CEO, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, advocated against the additionality principle within the Delegated Act on renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBO) within Renewable Energy Directive (RED) revision. Despite, the European Commission advocating for the additionality principle in its Fit for 55 proposal for the RED. The principle demands renewable energy capacity required for renewable hydrogen be met with new, and not existing, renewable energy capacity.

Industry call for flexibility in EU Renewable Energy Directive

15 December 2021

A joint letter, including trade association Hydrogen Europe and numerous other companies across sectors, appears to call on European policymakers to replace stringent criteria, including the additionality principle, with more flexible approaches in the Delegated Act on Renewable Fuels from Non-biological Origin (RFNBOs) in the EU Renewable Energy Directive.

IFIEC appears unsupportive of EU energy regulations

26 November 2021

In a position paper on the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC)advocated that the policy should be based on technology neutrality and supported including recycled carbon fuels in RED. The position paper also supported the revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive with major exceptions as it stressed that low-carbon technologies use more energy than fossil fuels.

CEFIC support the Renewable Energy Directive, but with exceptions

17 November 2021

Cefic released a position paper detailing its position on the EU Commission’s proposed reform to the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), which supported the policy with major exceptions. Cefic supported a technology neutral approach, and advocated for the inclusion of low-carbon fuels in RED targets. Cefic also supported including renewable hydrogen in the RFNBO target, but stressed that it could crowd out other low-carbon hydrogen production.

Power sector trade groups welcomed EU's Fit for 55

26 July 2021

Several power sector trade groups welcomed the EU’s Fit for 55 climate legislative package. Eurelectric launched a new Fit for 55 webpage, in which the association stated strong support for legislative measures, including EU ETS reforms, and revisions to the Renewable Energy Directive and Energy Taxation Directive. Similar supportive views were also shared from WindEurope and SolarPower Europe.

Hydrogen Europe advocates for more ambitious EU climate policies

19 July 2022

In a 12th July press release, industry association Hydrogen Europe advocated for a more ambitious blending mandate for synthetic fuels and the inclusion of green hydrogen in the ReFuelEU Aviation legislature. CEO Jorgo Chatzimarkakis called for higher ambition in the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) 2030 targets, advocating for a 45% target by 2030 and higher transport sector sub-targets in a 13th July press release. However, he also supported weakening strict requirements for renewable hydrogen in the RED Delegated Act on Renewable Fuels of Non-Biological Origin (RFNBOs).

CEMBUREAU opposes reform to EU Energy Taxation and Renewable Energy directives

23 June 2022

In a position paper, published on 13th June, CEMBUREAU opposed the removal of taxation exemptions for mineralogical processes in the reform of the Energy Taxation Directive, and stressed the policy should avoid overlap with the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). On the 17th June, CEMBUREAU also published responses to the EU Commission’s consultations on the Renewable Energy Directive reform Delegated Act on fuels of Renewable Non Biological Origin (RNFBOs), both of which did not support the EU Commission’s proposal. The association did not support simultaneity and location criteria, and suggested that CO2 accounting for GHG savings from recycled carbon fuels should not apply upstream.

Corporate Leaders Group calls for more ambitious EU climate policies

23 May 2022

On 11th May, ahead of the REPowerEU plan, Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) Europe published a joint letter that advocated for increased ambition on the Renewable Energy Directive, and advocated for increased ambition and action on the Energy Efficiency Directive and Energy Performance of Building Directives.

BusinessEurope offers qualified support for EU renewables policy

20 April 2022

In an EU public consultation response on 12th April, BusinessEurope advocated for shorter permitting processes for renewable energy plants and increased support for power purchase agreements in the reform of the Renewable Energy Directive and the RePowerEU initiative. However, the association also supported keeping concessions for energy-intensive industry, in the form of renewable energy levy reductions.

Eurelectric states support for more ambitious RED target

02 February 2022

In its January position paper on the EU Renewable Energy Directive revision, trade association Eurelectric supported the increase in 2030 renewable energy target to at least 40%. However, appeared to be cautious on improvements to the sustainability criteria for bioenergy, and sought further clarification on the fuel-neutral credit mechanism for the transport sector.

ERT not supporting additionality criteria in RED

03 December 2021

In a position paper on hydrogen the European Round Table for Industry appeared not to fully support the ‘additionality’ criteria for green hydrogen production in the EU Renewable Energy Directive, advocating that the EU should take a “pragmatic” approach so as not to lead to higher investment costs.

SolarPower Europe calls for stronger EU renewable energy policy

26 November 2021

SolarPower Europe released a position paper on the amendment to the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, in which the energy sector trade association advocated for a 2030 renewable energy target of at least 45%. The group also called for the maintenance of a strong definition for renewable hydrogen and an improvement to planning processes for rooftop solar PV deployment.

EnBW announces EU policy positions

04 November 2021

EnBW released a COP26 page on its corporate website discussing several elements of EU climate policy. The company stated support for the reforms made to the EU ETS, in particular suggesting waiting till after 2030 to integrate emissions trading systems for the buildings and road transport sectors.

However, the company appeared to advocate against increased ambition in the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive, highlighting issues with the inclusion of new CHP high-efficiency criteria. Similarly, it supported a weakening of the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, by suggesting the criteria for renewable hydrogen and bioenergy were too strong.

Finally, EnBW advocated for a greater role for fossil gas in EU policy. The company called for the weakening of the EU's taxonomy, particularly by including fossil gas for heating/cooling generation as a transitional activity. EnBW also suggested that the EU's Hydrogen and Gas Decarbonization Package applies too much pressure to transition away from fossil gas.