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Metals & Mining
Brussels , Belgium
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Eurometaux appears to have a broadly negative position on climate change policy in the EU but has become somewhat more positive since 2018 in its top-line messaging on climate ambition and the energy transition. The association has highly strategic engagement with climate policy, with notable negative lobbying on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and the EU’s proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM).

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Eurometaux seems to broadly support climate action in its top-line messaging but with several conditions. In a joint letter to EU policymakers, signed by the Director General Guy Thiran in September 2020, the association supported increased efforts to reduce emissions in the EU but advocated that the EU’s Climate Law should take into account investment cycles and companies’ global competitiveness. The Director General stated support for an updated EU Industrial Strategy in May 2021, but in the same month signed a joint letter to EU policymakers suggesting that the Fit for 55 package should incorporate measures to preserve European companies’ competitiveness and stressing the risk of carbon leakage. In response to an EU public consultation in November 2020, Eurometaux advocated for new regulatory instruments to finance and reward negative emissions.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Eurometaux does not appear to support ambitious climate policy in the EU. In November 2020, in response to an EU public consultation, the association suggested that increasing the 2030 Climate Target to 55% would negatively impact competitiveness and raise costs for industry. Eurometaux did not support reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to align its ambition with the EU’s recently increased 2030 target in November 2020 in response to an EU public consultation. It opposed a rebasing mechanism and supported using auction revenues to compensate companies for indirect costs. On the association’s corporate website, accessed in July 2021, Eurometaux stated support for keeping the EU ETS benchmark for free allocation of allowances at 97% and for full compensation for direct and indirect costs. In response to an EU public consultation in April 2020, Eurometaux stated preference for existing carbon leakage protection measures in the EU ETS over a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), but advocated that, in the case of a CBAM being implemented, it should accompany current free allocation of emissions allowances and indirect cost compensation in the EU ETS. The association has also consistently opposed the inclusion of indirect emissions in the CBAM in leadership messaging and directly to policymakers in 2020-21.

In a white paper published in September 2020, Eurometaux supported the EU’s Renovation Wave initiative. The Director General Guy Thiran was supportive of measures to support Power Purchase Agreements in the EU in May 2021, but in a joint position paper in December 2020 the association advocated for exemptions for industry from renewable energy levies and supporting capping aid for renewable energies.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Eurometaux appears to support the transition of the energy mix with some exceptions. In July 2021, the Director General was supportive of the decarbonization of the metals industry with carbon-free electricity and advocated for a framework for renewable hydrogen. However, in response to an EU consultation in April 2020, Eurometaux supported the continuation of exemptions from energy taxes in the reform of the Energy Taxation Directive.