Federation of German Industries (BDI)

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Berlin , Germany

Climate Lobbying Overview: The Federation of German Industries (BDI) is actively lobbying on climate change policy in the EU and Germany, with strategic engagement. The organization’s top-line statements on climate policy has improved since 2018, but it remains opposed to key climate policy in the EU, such as the carbon border adjustment mechanism and reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: BDI’s engagement with 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 its 2020 position paper on the Climate Law. BDI appears to be unsupportive of the need for climate change regulation, in a correspondence with the Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, in 2020, appearing to stress the challenges of climate policy and the European Green Deal. In a 2021 position paper on the EU’s 2030 “Fit for 55” package, BDI also seemed to advocate for competitiveness and carbon leakage protection to be incorporated in climate policy. The association stated support for the Paris Agreement goals, in a 2020 position paper on the EU Climate Law, whilst 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. In response to the EU’s public consultation on the (CBAM) in 2020, the association appeared to be unsupportive of the policy, stating its concerns with it replacing EU ETS free allocations and indirect cost compensation, along with threats of carbon leakage and loss of competition. Additionally, in its 2021 consultation response on updates to the 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. Similar negative positions have also been taken surrounding the potential inclusion of the aviation and buildings sector in the EU ETS, and instead have advocated for separate schemes.

The association stated support for the EU’s Renovation Wave strategy in a public consultation on the policy in 2020, however it appeared to advocate for minimal administrative and regulatory burden. BDI appears to lobby against greater ambition for GHG emission reduction targets. In its 2020 EU public consultation response to the EU’s 2030 GHG emission reduction target, the organization appeared to overemphasize the threat of carbon leakage and in 2020, 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.

Positioning on Energy Transition: BDI appears to negatively lobby on the transition of the energy mix. In its 2020 EU public consultation response to the Energy Taxation Directive (ETD), the organization appeared to voice concerns regarding carbon leakage due to the ETD, whilst not supporting reforming the ETD to align with the EU's increased climate ambition. The association seemed to support the EU’s Hydrogen Strategy in its EU public consultation response to the policy in 2020, although BDI had also advocated for a greater role of blue hydrogen with conditions for CCS within the strategy. However, 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 0 NA 0 -1 0 NA NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
0 0 NA 0 0 0 NA NA
Support of UN Climate Process
1 1 NA NS 1 1 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation
Carbon Tax
-1 0 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
Emissions Trading
0 0 NA 0 0 0 NA NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
0 0 NA 0 1 -1 NA NA
Renewable Energy
0 0 NA 0 -2 -1 NA NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
0 0 NA 0 0 0 NA NA
GHG Emission Regulation
0 0 NA 0 0 0 NA NA
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