Climate change

Climate change is a global challenge that requires global actions. BusinessEurope is committed to and aware of the challenges that climate change presents as well as the impacts of human activities. This is why we highly welcomed the Paris Agreement, which reflects the long-term objective of limiting global warming below 2°C.

The Paris Agreement is the single most important tool in providing clarity on the direction that society must take to tackle climate change. It is equally important to provide a global level playing field, as reaching the Paris Agreement requires all countries (especially major economies) to make significant efforts to bring down emissions. BusinessEurope is fully committed to implementation of the Agreement, and the companies it represents invest billions in low-carbon innovation, as well as in the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies for the future.

The EU's ambitious climate targets require all sectors to make efforts to reduce their emissions, including transport. In addition to the EU ETS (emission trading scheme), BusinessEurope fully supports Europe’s intentions to move to a healthy, competitive economy that is driven by low-carbon modes of transport. It is however important that this support is given from a technology and fuel-neutral point of view, so that all technologies are able to compete. Massive investment will be made in the coming years in new technologies, fuels and efficiencies, and it is important that a significant share of it is made in Europe. 

Publications

Public letters Date
Ccomments on the roadmap for the industrial emissions directive - Letter from Alexandre Affre to Aneta Willems 04/12/2018
Emissions performance standards for new passenger cars and new light commercial vehicles - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Elisabeth Köstinger 08/10/2018
Emission performance standards for new passenger cars and new light commercial vehicles - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to members of the European Parliament ENVI Committee ahead of their vote 10/09/2018
Climate Change Expert Group for the development of the Commission Delegated Regulation on post-2020 free allocation rules - Letter from Alexandre Affre to Mette Koefoed Quinn 05/07/2018
European Emission Trading System (EU ETS) reform - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to the deputy permanent representatives of the member states to the European Union 04/10/2017
EU ETS: BusinessEurope key positions ahead of October trilogue meeting - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Clyde Kull, Ambassador of Estonia to the EU 28/09/2017
EU emission trading system (ETS) - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Minister José Herrera ahead of Environment Council 09/02/2017
EU emission trading system (ETS) - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to MEP Ian Duncan ahead of the European Parliament plenary vote 30/01/2017
BusinessEurope views on the impact of the Paris agreement on the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies 29/02/2016
Business engagement in the Paris outcomes and next steps in UNFCCC: ADP basis agreement and decision text draft (October 5) - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete 23/10/2015
Joint letter on the importance of carbon markets in the Paris 2015 climate agreement 20/10/2015
The ETS reform: a 'make or break' deal for EU competitiveness - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans 26/06/2015
COP21 - Joint letter from BusinessEurope and ETUC to Mrs Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mr Šefčovič, Vice-President for Energy Union and Mr Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy 23/02/2015
EU ETS market stability reserve: Ensure a holistic reform of the system - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to members of the European Parliament ITRE and ENVI Committees 16/01/2015
Press releases Date
Climate negotiations COP24: The time for global action is now 30/11/2018
IPCC report confirms urgent need for global action 08/10/2018
Climate negotiations: business community concerned about slow progress 11/05/2018
COP23: Good on stakeholder engagement, slow on progress at global climate negotiations 17/11/2017
EU ETS reform deal: Strong on ambition, less so on protection 09/11/2017
Climate conference COP23: We need progress and transparency 03/11/2017
ETS study: Emission trading reform possible without risking carbon leakage 06/07/2017
US decision to leave climate negotiations is a severe setback 01/06/2017
EU Council ETS decision: Agreement, but not at any price 27/02/2017
EU needs real power market, affordable energy, integration of renewables 30/11/2016
European business expects US to stay committed on climate 18/11/2016
Global climate agreement: Marrakech COP22 must bring more clarity 04/11/2016
ETS vote: Step forward but not enough to avoid investment leakage 13/10/2016
Company survey reveals risk of investment leakage 11/10/2016
Climate summit COP21 deal: an important step forward, but not (yet) the full answer 12/12/2015
Emma Marcegaglia at COP21: Ministers' last chance to reach meaningful agreement 08/12/2015
EU ETS Market Stability Reserve: ENVI fails to strike the right balance 24/02/2015
Position papers Date
BusinessEurope expectations from COP24 30/11/2018
The future of low-emission mobility - a BusinessEurope position paper 02/03/2018
Opportunities to further enhance the effective engagement of non-Party stakeholders - BusinessEurope submission to SBI 48 (April-May 2018) 30/01/2018
BusinessEurope key positions on EU ETS reform ahead of the trialogue 30/03/2017
BusinessEurope submission regarding the Workshop at SBI 46 (May 2017) on opportunities to further enhance the effective engagement of non-Party stakeholders 27/02/2017
EU ETS Reform: making the Innovation Fund fit-for-purpose 02/11/2016
Post-2020 ETS reform - Cross-industry statement in view of the Environment Council on 20 June 2016 13/06/2016
ETS reform - BusinessEurope opinion on the ITRE draft opinion 18/05/2016
Post-2020 EU ETS reform: BusinessEurope views on the tiered approach 14/04/2016
BusinessEurope comments on the European Commission EU ETS reform proposal 10/02/2016
On the road to Paris - A global deal is our business 01/06/2015
Business proposals in view of a 2015 international climate change agreement at COP21 in Paris 21/05/2015
BusinessEurope response to the consultation on the revision of the EU ETS Directive 16/03/2015
Reports and studies Date
EU ETS reform: Comparative evaluation of the different options 05/07/2017
List of the Marrakech Declaration signatories 18/11/2016
The Marrakech Declaration 18/11/2016
BusinessEurope survey results: What is the effect of the current and future EU-ETS carbon price on investment decisions by companies? 11/10/2016
A Competitive EU Energy and Climate Policy - BusinessEurope recommendations for a 2030 framework for energy and climate policies 25/06/2013
Lessons learnt from the current energy and climate framework - Report prepared for BusinessEurope by Frontier Economics 14/05/2013

Contact

Leon de Graaf

Adviser
Tel:
+32 2 790 27 00
Last updated: 19 June 2018