International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC)

InfluenceMap Score
D-
Performance Band
43%
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Sector:
All Sectors
Head​quarters:
Brussels , Belgium
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Climate Lobbying Overview: The International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC) is actively lobbying climate change policy in Europe with negative positions. The association's policy engagement focuses on concerns regarding EU industrial competitiveness in the international market, and it has not supported various reforms to key strands of EU climate regulation, such as the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), in 2020-2022.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: IFIEC seems to support the EU’s climate ambition in its top-line messaging, but with major exceptions. Whilst stating support for the EU’s goal of climate neutrality by 2050, the association has consistently stressed concerns regarding the risks of carbon leakage and the importance of preserving international competitiveness, for example, in response to an EU public consultation in November 2021. In a joint statement in February 2022, IFIEC supported the EU’s Fit for 55 package. However, in a letter to EU policymakers in May 2021 it suggested that the regulatory framework must preserve the competitiveness of industry, and stressed the risk of carbon leakage.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: IFIEC seems to engage mostly negatively with specific climate regulations in the EU. In March 2022 in a joint statement, the association strongly supported the EU’s increased 2030 GHG target, yet in a February 2022 joint statement it stressed the risk of carbon leakage and impacts on international competitiveness due to unilateral increases in the EU’s climate ambition. In response to an EU public consultation in November 2021, IFIEC did not support many reforms to the EU ETS, such as tightening the Market Stability Reserve, and advocated for a strengthening of carbon leakage protection measures, such as the free allocation of emissions allowances. In an EU public consultation response in February 2021, the association seemed to support increasing the Linear Reduction Factor (which reduces the overall emissions cap and number of emission permits) on the condition that it would only be applied until 2030. In an EU public consultation response in November 2021, IFIEC did not support the EU Commission's proposal for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, and advocated that it should be implemented alongside the current level of free allocation of emission allowances in the EU ETS until at least 2030. In this same response, it also advocated for the inclusion of export rebates.

IFIEC does not seem to support renewable energy or energy efficiency legislation. did not support many elements of the reform of the Energy Efficiency Directive in its response to an EU public consultation in November 2021, including advocating against binding targets at EU level and the increased Energy Savings Obligation for member states. It was also unsupportive of strict criteria for high-efficiency co-generation in a joint statement published in March 2022. In an EU public consultation response in November 2021, IFIEC supported the review of the Renewable Energy Directive with major exceptions, as it advocated to permit recycled carbon fuels and other low-carbon fuels to reach targets in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), which would essentially open up RED from solely legislating renewable energy. It also did not support a hydrogen consumption target as it stressed it would endanger the competitiveness of industry. IFIEC was also 878801unsupportive of the removal of exemptions from renewable energy levies for energy-intensive industries, in an EU public consultation response in November 2021.

Positioning on Energy Transition: IFIEC communicates broad support for the decarbonization of industry and supports specific regulation, but with major exceptions. In a joint statement in December 2021, the association supported increasing availability of low-carbon energy to help decarbonize EU industry. Furthermore, in response to an EU public consultation in November 2021, it advocated for carbon contracts for difference to finance breakthrough technologies. However, IFIEC opposed proposed reforms to the Energy Taxation Directive in response to an EU public consultation in November 2021, suggesting a moratorium on reforms relating to fossil fuels, and advocating for technology neutrality instead of the tiering framework proposed by the EU Commission. In response to an EU public consultation in June 2021, the association supported the EU’s Hydrogen and Gas Decarbonization Package with major exceptions, including supporting long-term supply contracts for gas, and advocating for a role for unabated fossil gas in the energy mix.

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