European Round Table for Industry (ERT)

InfluenceMap Score
Performance Band
Organisation Score
All Sectors
Brussels , Belgium

Climate Lobbying Overview: The European Round Table for Industry (ERT) has limited yet broadly supportive engagement on climate policy in Europe. Its positions on top-line climate ambition and some specific policy areas such as energy efficiency and carbon taxation appear to have become increasingly positive in since 2019.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: In 2020, the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) stated support for the European Green Deal and climate neutrality in the EU by 2050 in a position paper, supporting carbon pricing as a measure to achieve the 2050 goal. However, in a 2021 statement on the Fit for 55 package, the ERT also appeared to qualify its broad support for climate change regulations with statements that imply a tension between climate policy and economic competitiveness. The ERT’s 2020 position paper also supported the goals of the UN Paris Agreement and advocated for international co-operation to deliver Article 6 of the Paris Agreement in a trade policy expert paper in November 2020.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: In a 2020 position paper outlining positions on European climate policy, the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) stated support for increasing the ambition of the 2030 Climate Target to 55% emissions reductions. In the same 2020 paper the ERT also stated support for energy efficiency targets and policies and advocated for legislation to facilitate the increase of renewable energy in Europe. In a statement on the Fit for 55 package in June 2021, the association appeared to support a carbon border adjustment mechanism, but qualified its support on the condition that the existing carbon leakage protections under the EU ETS were gradually phased out in a transition to a new post-2030 carbon pricing policy framework.

However, parallel to these increasingly positive positions, the same paper appeared to question the Phase IV revision of the EU ETS in 2021, describing the frequent adjustments relating to increased climate ambition as “an obstacle for industry investment decisions” despite recognizing the need for increased ambition from ETS sectors. The ERT also seems to have highlighted the threat of carbon leakage as a consequence of the EU ETS in a position paper on competition policy in December 2020, suggesting that protection measures proposed within upcoming EU ETS state aid guidelines did not go far enough.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Evidence suggests that the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) supports the energy transition, in a 2021 press release the association advocated for sectoral roadmaps to provide policy guidance and pathways towards net-zero emissions in the EU. In a 2020 position paper ERT advocated for the electrification of industry and the decarbonization of the energy mix, as well as the revision of the Energy Taxation Directive in line with Europe’s new climate goals. However, in the same paper the association seemed to support the use of natural gas as a transition fuel without specifying conditions on the use of CCS.