Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales (CEOE)

InfluenceMap Score
D
Performance Band
48%
Organisation Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
All Sectors
Head​quarters:
Madrid, Spain

Climate Lobbying Overview: The Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales (CEOE) appears to take mixed positions on climate change policy in Spain and the EU, and is highly engaged. Its positions on some key climate policy streams and top-line ambition appear to have improved since 2019, but it has continued to take negative positions on other legislation, such as the EU’s 2030 Climate Target.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: The CEOE appears to support top-line climate ambition. In December 2020 in a position paper the association stated support for the respective goals set by Spain and the EU to be climate neutral by 2050. On Twitter in 2021 the CEOE supported increased ambition from countries at US President Joe Biden’s Leaders Climate Summit to comply with the Paris Agreement. However, in response to an EU consultation on the Climate Law in 2020, the CEOE seemed to emphasize that the legislation must preserve the EU’s industrial competitiveness but should take into account that sectors have already undertaken investments to comply with historic climate targets. On its corporate website in 2020, the association seemed to support climate regulation but similarly stated that it has worked to ensure that this does not pose a barrier to competitiveness for industry. Despite this caution, in response to an EU consultation in April 2020, the CEOE advocated that in view of increasing the ambition of the 2030 Climate Target, all policies, beyond energy and climate, should be reviewed. However, in June 2021, the news site Expansión reported that the Vice President of the CEOE did not support sudden changes to legislation which cause costs and unpredictability for industry.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: The CEOE appears to have a largely negative engagement with climate regulations. In response to an EU consultation in April 2020, the CEOE did not seem to support increasing the EU’s 2030 Climate Target above 40%, appearing to stress the risk of carbon leakage and the threat to competitiveness. In 2020, in response to an EU consultation, the association seemed to support the continued need for free allocation of emissions allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), stressing the risk of carbon leakage without such measures. It also did not support extending the EU ETS to the maritime sector in the consultation response, suggesting that global measures implemented under the International Maritime Organization were more suitable. In 2019, in an interview with the Director of Climate Change, Environment, Industry and Energy, Cinco Días reported that the CEOE supported a carbon tax on consumers and polluters, and suggested that the burden should not just be placed on companies.

The CEOE seemed to support energy efficiency policies in the building sector and industry in a response to an EU consultation in April 2020, but in a position paper, produced by the Industry and Energy Commission in 2020, the association stressed that achieving the energy efficiency targets in Spain must simultaneously function to improve industrial competitiveness. In 2019, Cinco Días reported that the CEOE did not support a more ambitious Spanish renewable energy target than the EU’s target, the Director of Climate Change, Environment, Industry and Energy suggesting that it was “questionable”, but in December 2020 in a position paper the association seemed to support policies to facilitate the development of renewable energy.

Positioning on Energy Transition: The CEOE seems to take a mixed position on the transition of the energy mix. In 2019 in a press release the CEOE opposed proposed legislation on the Balearic Islands which set a phase out date for combustion engine vehicles of 2025. Furthermore, in 2019 the CEOE’s President, Antonio Garamendi, stated support for the role of fossil gas in Spain’s energy system, suggesting that the country cannot rely only on renewables due to their unreliability. However, in a position paper in 2020, the association seemed to support sustainable mobility and the decarbonization of industry and the energy system, also stating support for hydrogen production without clearly stating it must be decarbonized or green.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
1 NS NA NS NS 1 NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
1 1 NA 0 0 0 NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
0 1 NA 1 -1 -1 NA
Support of UN Climate Process
NS 1 NA -2 -1 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax
NS NS NA NS -1 NS NA
Emissions Trading
-1 -1 NA -1 -1 NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
0 NS NA 1 NS NS NA
Renewable Energy
0 NS NA 0 -1 NS NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
0 0 NA 0 -1 0 NA
GHG Emission Regulation
0 NS NA 0 NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
1 NS NA NA NA NA NA