Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF)

InfluenceMap Score
D
Performance Band
46%
Organisation Score
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Sector:
All Sectors
Head​quarters:
Paris, France

Climate Lobbying Overview: MEDEF appears to be lobbying on climate policy in France with mainly negative positions, however, engagement appears to have improved over time in its top line messaging, whilst maintaining emphasis on innovation and competitiveness in regards to climate regulation.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: In 2019 the organization stated support for carbon neutrality by 2050 in France in the French Business Climate Pledge, which MEDEF facilitated. However, the President in 2018 emphasized the role of innovation and technology to combat climate change and in 2020 stressed the competitiveness of industries and the cost-effectiveness of implementing climate policy in Europe and France.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: In 2020 MEDEF expressed support for the carbon border adjustment mechanism in order to avoid carbon leakage but only with the continuation of current carbon leakage measures such as free quotas and indirect cost compensation. MEDEF has a mixed approach to a carbon tax, the President in 2019 stating support for a national French tax, but other sources emphasizing the threat of overlapping regulations. In a position paper concerning the Programmation Pluriannuelle d'Énergie (PPE) in 2018, MEDEF stated support for energy efficiency legislation in buildings, as well as advocating for a framework to support the development of renewable energy in France. However, in 2020, the President wrote a letter to the French Minister of the Energy and Ecological Transition to request a moratorium on the implementation of energy and environmental legislation for six months, such as the PPE, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, citing a lack of ability to respond to consultations.

Positioning on Energy Transition: MEDEF generally supports the energy transition and the decarbonization of the energy mix, yet at times stressing the impact on competitiveness and the cost-effectiveness of solutions. The President in 2020 signed a letter stating support for the electrification of transport, however, in 2018, commenting on the PPE, MEDEF suggested there is a role for high GHG emission energy sources in the future energy mix as well as stressing the impact on energy security from the transition away from current energy infrastructure. Commenting on the Revision of the Energy Taxation Directive in 2020, the association appeared to not support measures which would have aligned energy taxation policy with the recent heightened EU climate ambition.

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