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Climate Lobbying Overview: Smart Energy Europe (SmartEn) has generally positive engagement on climate policies. SmartEn has communicated strong support for the Paris Climate Agreement, while also supporting energy efficiency, renewable energy, and the transition of the energy mix.

Top-Line Messaging on Climate Policy: SmartEn has been largely transparent about climate science in both 2020 and 2019 in joint letters to EU leaders and policymakers. In its own messaging, SmartEn supported limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in 2020 and supported Europe's 2050 climate goals in 2019. Similarly, SmartEn supported the EU goal of climate neutrality in a letter to MEPS in 2020 and SmartEn Executive Director Frauke Theis advocated for increasing the EU climate target in 2020.

SmartEn in 2020 supported the European Green New Deal and stated support for a green recovery to the COVID-19 crisis in Europe. However, in 2018 Executive Director Frauke Theis said in an interview that she supported a market-based response to climate change rather than government regulation. SmartEn has been supportive of the Paris Agreement, demonstrated in its participation in the Electrification Alliance declaration in 2021 and call for Energy Union Governance in 2018.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: SmartEn has lobbied for climate policies and regulations, with a few exceptions. SmartEn strongly supported the EU Emissions Trading Scheme in its consultation to the European Commission in 2020.

In terms of energy efficiency, SmartEn has been strongly supportive of policies. In 2020 SmartEn supported energy efficiency in buildings in the EU Renovation Wave Initiative, called on the EU Commission to invest in energy efficiency through stimulus packages, and supported increased energy efficiency targets and legislation in Europe. SmartEn also directly advocated for energy efficiency standards in the framework of the European Green New Deal and Executive Director Frauke Theis supported the European Commission's Energy Integration Strategy in 2020.

In 2020, SmartEn called for the consideration of renewables in the European Climate Law, advocated for renewable energy generation in the EU Renovation Wave Initiative, and supported the EU's renewable energy target in a letter to the European Parliament and Council. Similarly, in 2018 SmartEn supported a renewable energy target in the EU in a joint letter and in 2021 advocated for state aid rules that support renewable energy generation.

Generally SmartEn has been supportive of greenhouse gas emissions standards. However, in 2018 SmartEn Executive Director Frauke Theis was not supportive of the EU's proposed decarbonisation strategy. SmartEn supported increasing the EU 2030 emissions reduction target to 55% and advocated for higher emissions reduction targets in 2020. SmartEn similarly advocated for a higher EU Nationally Determined Contribution in 2019.

Positioning on Energy Transition: SmartEn has been predominantly supportive of the transition of the energy mix, with the exception of supporting a voluntary demand response to support the energy transition in a joint statement in 2020 and advocating for decentralised solutions in 2019. In 2020, SmartEn advocated for increasing the amount of renewables in the energy mix in a letter to MEP Claudia Gamon, supported phasing out natural gas heating in buildings, supported regulations to introduce electric vehicles charging infrastructure, and supported phasing out fossil fuel subsidies while advocating for regulatory measures to facilitate the energy transition. Also in 2020, SmartEn supported electrification to decarbonise the EU economy, supported electrification of vehicles in Europe, and directly advocated for policymakers to transition to a carbon-neutral economy in the Smart Sector Integration Strategy.

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