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Brussels, Belgium
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Climate Lobbying Overview: CEMBUREAU is strategically engaged with EU regulation, taking mixed positions on climate change policy, having evolved from predominantly negative stances since 2018. The organization takes positive positions on top line ambition such as the EU 2050 climate neutrality goal, but remains negatively engaged on key policies such as the EU Emissions Trading System.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: CEMBUREAU supported the European Green Deal and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 in the EU, in a position paper in 2020. However, in response to an EU consultation in January 2020, the association seemed to advocate for a net target, which would allow for actual emissions reductions combined with offsetting to reach carbon neutrality. In the 2019 Activity Report the President, Raoul de Parisot, supported “forward-looking and ambitious policies,” but a joint letter to the EU Commission, signed by the CEO Koen Coppenholle, seemed to stress the risk of carbon leakage and appeared to suggest that climate policy must preserve the competitiveness of industry.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: CEMBUREAU seemed to support 2030 GHG emissions reductions targets in a position paper in May 2020 as an “intermediate goal post” to 2050, but in response to an EU consultation in April 2020 it did not seem to support increasing the 2030 Climate Target above 40%, stressing carbon leakage and the need to respect the current legal framework. The association also seemed to suggest that the 2030 Target should focus on non-ETS sectors, in response to an EU consultation in June 2020.

In 2021, in response to an EU consultation, CEMBUREAU communicated opposition to various reform measures to increase the stringency of the EU ETS, such as reducing the amount of free allocation of allowances for industry, and has not supported increasing the ambition of the ETS in light of an increased 2030 climate target. In 2021, in response to an EU consultation CEMBUREAU did not support extending the EU ETS to new sectors such as road transport and maritime, but supported creating new sector specific schemes. In a 2020 position paper the association supported the continuation of free allocation under the ETS at least until the end of Phase IV in 2030.

In response to an EU consultation in 2020, CEMBUREAU supported energy efficiency legislation, including the EU’s Renovation Wave initiative, to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, but did not seem to support incentives to renovate instead of demolish and rebuild. Furthermore, in 2020 the CEO Koen Coppenholle argued for the initiative to be based on full life-cycle approaches and material neutrality, an approach which would broadened the policies' focus away from cement’s emissions-intensive production process and potentially dampen incentives for bio-based materials. CEMBUREAU advocated for increasing the Renewable Energy Target in the EU in response to an EU consultation in 2021, but also promoted expanding what is considered as renewable in the Renewable Energy Directive to include low-carbon fuels.

Positioning on Energy Transition: CEMBUREAU seems to have mixed engagement with policy to support the energy transition. In a 2020 position paper, the association advocated for policies to help decarbonize the cement industry and the electrification of industry with renewable electricity, but did not support revising the Energy Taxation Directive to be aligned with the EU’s increased climate ambition. In response to an EU consultation in July 2020, the association did not seem to support phase out dates for fossil fuel heating systems, and in another 2020 EU consultation response it appeared to support a role for fossil gas in the energy mix as a transition fuel, without conditions on the use of CCS. Despite this, CEMBUREAU supported legislation to increase the production of renewable hydrogen in response to an EU consultation in 2021.