International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC)

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Brussels , Belgium
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Climate Lobbying Overview: The International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC) appears to be lobbying negatively on climate change policy in Europe. The association's policy engagement focuses on concerns regarding industrial competitiveness, and it has not supported various reforms to key strands of European climate regulation in 2020-2021.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: IFIEC’s top-line communications appear conservative in regard to European climate ambition. In response to the EU Climate Law consultation in May 2020, the organization seemed to support achieving climate neutrality in Europe, but without specifying a timeline and stressing that the Climate Law must safeguard competitiveness. In a meeting with the cabinet of Vice-President Timmermans in 2020, IFIEC advocated that industrial competitiveness should be “at least the same priority level as green and digital transition.”

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: IFIEC does not seem to support the EU’s increased 2030 Climate Target, stressing in a meeting with Vice-President Timmermans’ cabinet in 2020 that this will increase carbon leakage. In response to the 2030 Climate Target consultation in 2020, IFIEC did not seem to support increasing the EU’s Energy Efficiency Target to 38-40%, arguing that it would amount to a cap on energy usage, and stating that “it hinders the implementation of (energy intensive) technologies that are needed to reduce industry's GHG emissions.” In response to a consultation on the Renewable Energy Directive in 2021, IFIEC advocated that the Renewable Energy Target in the EU should be “indicative”, and supported a lower target (32%), as compared to the European Commission's proposal of 38-40%.

IFIEC has communicated some support for reform to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), e.g. supporting increasing the Linear Reduction Factor (which reduces the overall emissions cap and number of emission permits) in a consultation response to the EU ETS update in February 2021. However, the organization did not support the vast majority of the reforms to the EU ETS proposed in the European Commission's Fit for 55 package, for example, a one-off reduction of the emissions cap and reducing free allocation of emissions allowances, as communicated in response to an EU consultation in November 2021. In the same November 2021 consultation response, IFIEC was critical of the EU Commission's proposal for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism in the EU adn advocated that it should only be implemented alongside free emission allowances in the EU ETS, and also advocated for a compensation mechanism for exporters.

Positioning on Energy Transition: IFIEC communicated support for decarbonizing the energy sector in response to an EU Commission consultation in 2020, but also suggested that low-carbon energy options other than renewables were best suited for this. In response to the Hydrogen Strategy in November 2020, IFIEC communicated support for the policy, but also appeared to stress doubts regarding the feasibility of the timeline for green hydrogen and advocated for a long-term role for hydrogen produced with fossil gas and CCS. The association did not support removing existing tax exemptions for fossil fuels used by energy intensive industry in its response to the Energy Taxation Directive consultation in March 2020.