Federation of German Industries (BDI)

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Berlin , Germany

Climate Lobbying Overview: The Federation of German Industries (BDI) is strategically engaged on climate change policy in the EU and Germany. The organization’s top-line statements on climate policy has improved since 2018, but it appears to remain negatively engaged on key strands of EU climate policy, such as the carbon border adjustment mechanism and reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: BDI’s top-line messaging on climate policy is mostly positive. The association appears to support the EU Climate Law, which sets a target of climate neutrality by 2050 in the EU. However, its support appears to be on the condition that the law maintains competitiveness and economic protections, as stated in a 2020 position paper. Elsewhere, BDI appears to have stressed the challenges of delivering on European climate policy objectives, for example in a correspondence with the Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, in 2020. In a 2021 position paper on the EU’s 2030 “Fit for 55” package, BDI has maintained that competitiveness and carbon leakage protection should be incorporated in future climate policy. The association has communicated support for the Paris Agreement goals, in a 2020 position paper on the EU Climate Law, whilst also appearing to support the US rejoining the Paris Agreement on Twitter in 2021.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: BDI’s overall engagement with climate-related regulations in the EU appears to be mostly negative. The association opposed the European Commission’s proposal to raise the EU’s 2030 GHG reduction target from 40% to 50-55% on its website, and in its 2020 EU public consultation response on the EU’s 2030 GHG emission reduction target appeared to emphasize the threat of carbon leakage from the the goal.

In response to the EU’s public consultation on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) in 2020, the association appeared to be unsupportive of the policy, setting out its concerns with it replacing EU ETS free allocations and indirect cost compensation. Additionally, in its 2021 consultation response on updates to the EU ETS in 2021, BDI appeared to take a negative position on EU ETS reform, emphasizing the threat of carbon leakage if the level of ambition was not lowered. BDI appears not to have supported the potential inclusion of the aviation and buildings sector in the EU ETS, and instead has advocated for separate schemes.

The association has stated support for the EU’s Renovation Wave strategy, which looks to improve the energy performance of buildings, in a public consultation on the policy in 2020, however it appeared to advocate for minimal administrative and regulatory burden.

Positioning on Energy Transition: BDI likewise appears to be positioned against decisive action to transition of the energy mix. In its 2020 EU public consultation response to the Energy Taxation Directive (ETD), the organization appeared to voice carbon leakage concerns regarding the removal of preferential treatment for fossil fuels, appearing not supporting reforming the ETD to align with the EU's increased climate ambition. However, the association seemed to support the EU’s Hydrogen Strategy in its EU public consultation response to the policy in 2020, and advocated for a greater role of blue hydrogen with conditions for CCS within the strategy. In 2021, in Handelsblatt, the association’s president, Siegfried Russwurm, seemed to suggest support for Nord Stream 2, a new natural gas pipeline set to be built in the EU.

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Communication of Climate Science
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
-1 1 NA 0 -1 0 NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
0 0 NA -1 0 0 NA
Support of UN Climate Process
1 1 NA NS 1 1 NA
Transparency on Legislation
Carbon Tax
-1 -1 NA -1 -1 -1 NA
Emissions Trading
-1 -1 NA -1 -1 -1 NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
0 1 NA 0 2 -1 NA
Renewable Energy
0 0 NA 0 -2 -2 NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
0 0 NA 0 -1 -1 NA
GHG Emission Regulation
-1 0 NA -1 0 -1 NA
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