Euracoal

InfluenceMap Score
D-
Performance Band
44%
Organisation Score
Sector:
Metals & Mining
Head​quarters:
Belgium
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Euracoal does not appear to support ambitious climate policy, and has strategically engaged on key EU climate regulations such as the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Euracoal also appears unsupportive of the energy transition and continues to promote a role for coal in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Euracoal supports climate policy in its top-line messaging, albeit with major exceptions. Euracoal was supportive of the UN Paris Agreement in a June 2020 position paper, and supported Article 6 (the ambition to achieve a global emissions trading system) in an April 2020 EU public consultation response. in a January 2021 position paper, Euracoal acknowledged the goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C, and “respect(ed)” ambitions to reach net-zero by 2050. However, in June 2020 the association opposed the European Climate Law, which legislates net-zero by 2050 in the EU, stressing the risks of unilateral action. However, Euracoal supported carbon pricing across all EU sectors in a February 2021 EU public consultation response, however the association also appeared to support a review of carbon pricing policy in the power sector to ensure that the industry does not see a decline in competitiveness. Euracoal's disclosure on climate science, accessible on its corporate website in April 2022, leaves uncertainty about the organization's position on climate science, as it seems to suggest ambiguity around the predicted impacts of climate change.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Euracoal appears to take predominantly negative positions on specific climate regulations in the EU. The association does not appear to support the reform of the EU ETS. While the association expressed broad support for the EU ETS in an October 2021 EU public consultation response, including rebasing the emission cap, Euracoal did not seem to support many proposed EU ETS reforms. This included reforms to the ETS carbon leakage protection framework, such as the free allocation of emissions allowances, and a proposal to mandate that all auction revenues should be spent by Member States on climate action. It also notably advocated for a decrease in the Market Stability Reserve intake rate. Euracoal did however express support for separate emissions trading systems for the building and transport sectors in an October 2021 EU public consultation response.

Euracoal has expressed mixed positions on the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). The association supported the replacement of EU carbon leakage protection measurements, such as free emissions allowances, with a CBAM for selected sectors in a February 2021 EU public consultation response. In contrast, in an October 2021 EU public consultation response, Euracoal advocated for a global ETS over the EU’s CBAM, stressing the potential negative effects of the CBAM on the EU’s coal sector.

In an October 2021 EU public consultation response, Euracoal appeared to advocate for the inclusion of fossil fuels in heating and cooling energy taxonomies in the Renewable Energy Directive reform, and also advocated against an increase in sector-specific renewable energy sub-targets by 2030. However, in contrast to its positions on emissions trading and renewable energy targets, Euracoal does appear to support some legislation on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In a January 2021 position paper, the association supported GHG reduction targets for all EU sectors, and in an April 2021 position paper Euracoal supported methane emission reduction programs in the EU.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Euracoal has been consistently unsupportive of the energy transition in 2020-22, with continued promotion of coal in the current and future energy mix. In April 2022, the company stated on its website that "coal will be used for many decades to come”, and that “clean coal ... will be needed to meet the forecast growth in demand.” Clean coal is often referenced as a low-carbon solution, however it relies on the capture of carbon emissions from the burning of coal, a technique that requires investments in carbon capture. In a January 2022 position paper, the association supported the continued role of coal in the EU, referencing coal’s role in filling gaps in renewable power generation “over the coming years.” Furthermore, in a July 2021 EU public consultation response the association acknowledged the role of Carbon Capture and Storage in coal production in the EU, however the organization did not express support for the subsequent reduction of the role of coal in the European energy mix.

Euracoal President Vladimír Budinský also explicitly supported the long-term role of coal in the energy mix in a March 2022 statement on the association’s website. Budinský called for an end to the “war on coal”, stating that coal will remain an important global energy resource for years to come. In the same statement, Budinský supported the diversification of the European energy mix away from dependency on Russian fossil fuels by supporting the use of existing coal infrastructure.

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